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Johnson Funeral Home

218 Highway 106 West, Georgiana, AL

OBITUARY

William Gene Raines

May 30, 1935July 5, 2019

William Gene Raines, 84, a resident of Georgiana, Alabama passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m. Thursday 11, 2019 from Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allen Stephenson officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery, Greenville, Alabama, with Johnson Funeral Home, Georgiana, Alabama directing arrangements. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Raines is preceded in death by his Parents: John Matthew & Annie Mae Raines, Sr.; Sister: Ann Raines Terry; Brother: John M. Raines. Survivors: Sister: Cecile (Ceil) Deloris Raines Hughes, Burke, Virginia; 10 Nieces and Nephews; and a number of Cousins; and his beloved Miss. Pris. Gene was a graduate of Georgiana High School in 1953. He went on to graduate from Auburn University in 1957. He became a Second Lieutenant in the Army and then served as an Officer in the Alabama National Guard. From 1970 until his retirement in 1997 Gene worked as the Head Comptroller at Union Camp. Long before GOOGLE there was “Gene”. He had a passion for history and is known as the Historian At-Large of Butler County. We leave you with this. What was the score of Greenville High School’s first football game during the 1957 season and who was the opponent? Rest in peace Gene. You were loved by many and will be deeply missed. Online condolences may be made at www.johnsongeorgiana.com

  • FAMILY

  • Ceile (Ceil) Deloris Raines Hughes, Sister
  • Mr. Raines also is survived by 10 Nieces and Nephews, a number of Cousins, and his beloved Miss. Pris.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 11, 2019

Memories

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Paul Diamond

July 11, 2019

I started my working career at union camp and Gene was my first supervisor. All my memories of Gene are good ones. He was strict but always fair with everyone. He gave our boys their first auburn jerseys. I will never forget Gene giving the sales manager UTC and 54 points against Auburn. Auburn won 55 to zip. He taught me things in accounting that I used through out my career. So sorry to hear he is no longer with us.

JAMES JONES

July 8, 2019

It was with great sadness I learned of the death of my long time friend. We were classmates at GHS, graduating in 1953, and also classmates at Auburn. Gene was very special and I shall treasure
my memories of him. Godspeed, dear friend.

Gail and Rickie Piggott

July 7, 2019

So sorry to hear. Lots of history, knowledge, and lore passed on with him. I’m so glad we got to see him and visit with him at the June reunion. I enjoyed working with him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

William Gene Raines, 84, a resident of Georgiana, Alabama passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m. Thursday 11, 2019 from Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allen Stephenson officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery, Greenville, Alabama, with Johnson Funeral Home, Georgiana, Alabama directing arrangements. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Raines is preceded in death by his Parents: John Matthew & Annie Mae Raines, Sr.; Sister: Ann Raines Terry; Brother: John M. Raines. Survivors: Sister: Cecile (Ceil) Deloris Raines Hughes, Burke, Virginia; 10 Nieces and Nephews; and a number of Cousins; and his beloved Miss. Pris. Gene was a graduate of Georgiana High School in 1953. He went on to graduate from Auburn University in 1957. He became a Second Lieutenant in the Army and then served as an Officer in the Alabama National Guard. From 1970 until his retirement in 1997 Gene worked as the Head Comptroller at Union Camp. Long before GOOGLE there was “Gene”. He had a passion for history and is known as the Historian At-Large of Butler County. We leave you with this. What was the score of Greenville High School’s first football game during the 1957 season and who was the opponent? Rest in peace Gene. You were loved by many and will be deeply missed. Online condolences may be made at www.johnsongeorgiana.com