Odessa Anders Rainey

November 13, 1942July 6, 2024
Obituary of Odessa Anders Rainey
Odessa Rainey (Anders), aged 81, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2024, in Virginia Beach, VA. Born on November 13, 1942, in North Carolina, she was a cherished figure in her community and a beacon of kindness and warmth. Odessa dedicated over 15 years of her life as a receptionist in Social Services, where she touched many lives with her compassion and empathy. She was an active member of Rehoboth Baptist Church, contributing to her community's spiritual life and participating in various church activities. Odessa was known for her culinary skills, particularly her famous pound cake and chocolate chip cookies, which brought joy to many family gatherings. In her younger days, she was an avid soccer and tennis player, and later became known as a solitaire queen during her quieter years. She graduated from Clear Run High School and always valued the friendships and knowledge she gained there. Odessa is survived by her loving husband, Edward O. Rainey Jr.; her sister, Mable Mason; her children, Christopher Rainey, Tanya Garland(husband Melvin) Lenoir Rainey(wife Ceann), Bernia Williams, and Alia Williams; grandchildren, Rosh'un Anderson, Tyshawn Harris, Lenoir Rainey Jr., and Ciara Rainey; great-grandchildren, Aria Williams, Celiyah Faulks, Bryson MasCall; and great-great granddaughter, Tamiah Harris and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Sadie Anders, her sister Carolyn Owens, and her brothers Robert, Oscar, James, and Charles Anders. Viewing services will be held on July 19, 2024, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, located at 601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The funeral will follow on July 20, 2024, at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 182 S Birdneck Rd, Virginia Beach, Va 23451, starting at 2:00pm. Odessa will be remembered for her unwavering kindness, her nurturing spirit, and the profound impact she had on her family and community.

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  • Edward O. Rainey Jr. Loving Husband
  • Mable Mason Sister
  • Christopher Rainey Son
  • Tanya Garland (husband Melvin) Daughter
  • Lenoir Rainey (wife Ceann) Son
  • Bernia Williams Daughter
  • Alia Williams Daughter
  • Rosh'un Anderson Grandchild
  • Tyshawn Harris Grandchild
  • Lenoir Rainey Jr. Grandchild
  • Ciara Rainey Grandchild
  • Aria Williams Great Grandchild
  • Celiyah Faulks Great Grandchild
  • Bryson MasCall Great Grandchild
  • Tamiah Harris Great Great Grandchild
  • Levi and Sadie Anders Parents (deceased)
  • Carolyn Owens Sister (deceased)
  • Robert Anders Brother (deceased)
  • Oscar Anders Brother (deceased)
  • James Anders Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Anders Brother (deceased)
  • Mrs. Rainey is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Past Services

Friday, July 19, 2024


Saturday, July 20, 2024

A Celebration of Life