Gladys Juliette Rainey, affectionately known to some as Jewel and to others as Juliette, was born to the late Frank Lee and Clara Nunnally Lee on March 21, 1926 in Moran, Virginia. She departed her earthly home on July 20, 2020 to go to her eternal home in Heaven.
At an early age, she accepted Christ as her savior and joined High Rock Baptist Church in Rice, Virginia where she attended Sunday School and Bible study on a regular basis as well as taught Vacation Bible School. Gladys was also a member of the Senior Choir, Missionary Ministry, and Hospitality Committee.
In October 2001, she began attending Solid Rock Church, where her son, Rev. Carrol L. Allen, is pastor. She was regular in attendance until December 2019 when her health started to decline. However, her mind was sharp, and she had an excellent memory. She read Psalm 91 every night before bed, but she could still recite the entire passage.
Although Gladys was primarily a homemaker, she worked at Uniroyal in Farmville and was well known throughout the community. Never meeting a stranger, she would start a conversation with anyone nearby. Being an unofficial comedienne, she could bring a smile to your face and leave you in uncontrollable laughter.
At the age of 78, she became an actress, best known for her role as “Grandma” in the play, “Finding Faith,” written by her daughter, Cheryl. Gladys traveled with the cast to different venues throughout Central Virginia for two years. She knew her lines well but improvised whenever she wanted to.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband, Leroy Rainey; brothers: Walter, Frank “Teddy”, and James “Ro” Lee; sisters: Pauline Lee, Lucille Watkins, and Marian “Rae” Carter. She leaves to cherish her loving memory: six children: Carrol Allen, Cathy Allen-Williams (Dennis), Cheryl Lee (Clarence), Timmy Rainey (Sabah), Terry Rainey (April), and Tracey Rainey; nine grandchildren: Eboni, Chad, Alta, Miles, Mia, Kiera, Da’Mari, Lailah, and Zahia; one aunt, Doris Scott, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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