Jill Rinehart

March 15, 1965October 19, 2019
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Jill Marie Briggs Rinehart, 54, found peace in her Savior's arms on October 19, 2019. She was born on March 15, 1965 in Marietta, Ohio, and grew up in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Jill was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend, who loved her family and friends with a deep devotion that grew from her sincere faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Surviving are her husband of 34 years, Gray Rinehart; daughter Stephanie Minervino and her husband Stephen, of Durham; and son Christopher Rinehart, of Cary. She is also survived by her brothers Jeff Briggs and Greg Briggs, both of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, as well as numerous extended family.

Jill graduated from Winyah High School in Georgetown, South Carolina, and studied art at Anderson College and horticulture at Clemson University before life as an Air Force wife took her from assignment to assignment in California, Colorado, Nebraska, and elsewhere. She returned to school and earned her art degree from George Mason University just before relocating to Cary, where she embarked on a teaching career. She started as a teaching assistant and moved into arts instruction, and eventually took a position teaching painting and sculpture classes and camps at the Cary Art Center.

She loved nature: mountains and forests and especially the shore. She would rather hike through the woods, tend her garden, paddle a kayak, or just sit in the sunshine -- anything to enjoy the beauty and majesty of God's creation. She especially loved strolling on the beach and finding sharks' teeth, walking the dog as snow fell around her, finding her way through corn mazes -- and playing Pokemon Go.

Jill loved all visual arts, and especially photography. She took thousands of pictures, and shared them often -- including contributing nature photos to Spectrum News. She also took special pleasure in her family's dramatic, musical, and other artistic pursuits.

She served as a youthworker, Vacation Bible School teacher, ladies' ministry leader, and in many other roles in chapels and churches wherever she lived. She recently joined Trinity Park Church in Cary, where she was involved in Bible studies and small groups.

A memorial service to celebrate Jill's life will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, North Carolina. A brief reception with refreshments will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Education Fund of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson, SC 29634-0174.

Jill Rinehart exemplified the model of a Proverbs 31 woman -- "a wife of noble character . . . worth far more than rubies . . . clothed with strength and dignity. . . . Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.'" For so many people, but for too short a time, she made the world a better, brighter place.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 26, 2019


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Paulette Glisson

January 25, 2020

So sorry to hear about this prayers for your family

Anne Rogers Coker

January 24, 2020

I am so sad to hear of this. She was always so kind to me. Gray, my heartfelt condolences to you and your families.

Katherine Switala

January 19, 2020

I know Jill mostly through the yearly Christmas Cards diligently and lovingly made & sent. Now I know her more because of the continued posts by Gray as he shares his journey without her. I am thankful for knowing the small part of who she was and amazed by the depth of learning more.

My God bring you all the comfort needed to endure His timing, which of course requires strength and patience as time moves forward.

Lauri Hoover

October 26, 2019

When Alan, my husband, and I were stationed at Edwards AFB in the 1980’s, Gray and Jill were Jr High Youth Leaders with us at Edwards Air Force Base when Stephanie was just a baby.
Our second son, Garrett, Of our 5 children, would walk home from school past Jill’s house on Base every day.
I found out months afterward that she invited him in her house for an after school snack while the baby napped, and he still had his after school snack at home with his brothers and never mentioned his stop over on his way home.
Jill remained special in Garrett’s life even into College when he was at Ft Lewis College in Durango while Gray & Jill were stationed in Colorado Springs.
She and I drove to Durango, stayed in a hotel, and took Garrett out for a Birthday dinner in February. It meant so much to him, and he still remembers a special connection with “ Mrs Rinehart” so long ago.
Enjoy Heaven Jill, I will meet you there one day!

Nicole Reed

October 26, 2019

I was blessed to have Jill in my life, what a wonderful and special person she was! I miss her so much! Love you, Jill! Thank you for your friendship, say hi to Steve for me! Can’t wait to see you again one day!

Wallene Frank

October 26, 2019

Jill took me to NYC with her when her art class at Mason was required to go. I had never been, and it was a treasured time. We went to the Guggenheim and I shared with her my admiration for her talent and all the talent displayed there. I told her I felt so insignificant in it's presence, as I have zero artistic talent. She gave me the greatest gift by sharing with me that without those who simply love and appreciate art, there would be no art.
I will never forget her ! She was a joy to everyone who knew her! Rest in peace my dear artist friend!

Darcy Van Heuveln

October 24, 2019

I considered Jill my best friend. I'm heartbroken that she is gone, but even more heartbroken for the family that she adored. I will forever miss my friend, her laughter, our walks. Gray, Stephanie, and Chris; I'm so sorry. I can't imagine the weight that you're feeling. I'm sending hugs and hoping that you'll eventually find peace. With love, Darcy & Chris

Danielle Furegno

October 23, 2019

What a privilege and honor to know someone like Jill. I can't think of a time where I did not see her smiling. She radiated sunshine, kindness and an overall warmth and I will cherish our time working together at the Arts Center. Your family will remain in my thoughts and I wish you comfort and peace.

Leigh Dayley

October 23, 2019

What a great friend! It was such a privilege to laugh with you, pray with you, and just be a part of your life. I will desperately miss knowing you are not here on earth and I will not be able to contact you BUT I look forward to spend eternity with you my dear, dear friend. 💔❤🌼🦋

Scott Pangburn

October 23, 2019

Prayers to all touched in Jill's life; the memories will live on