Catherine "Cathy" Gray Raines (Smith)

Sunday, January 1st, 1950 - Sunday, January 26th, 2020
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Catherine "Cathy" Gray (Smith) Raines, 70, of Cookeville, Tennessee and formerly of Springfield, Tennessee passed from this life, Sunday, January 26, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

Cathy was born January 1, 1950, to the late Arthur Woodrow Smith and Alice McLean Smith and was reared in Andrews, South Carolina.

Cathy was a loving daughter, sister, wife, and mother. She was a faithful member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church of Cookeville.

She was a graduate of the University of South Carolina holding both a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education, and She taught in the public schools in South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee for 41 years. She taught reading at Jere Whitson Elementary since 2006, Her passion was to teach underprivileged and marginalized children.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jim Raines, son David Raines and wife Joyce, daughters, Gray Raines and Catherine Raines, She also is survived by brothers, William Smith, of Chattanooga, TN and Arthur Smith of Andrews, SC.

Cathy chose cremation, the family followed her wishes, and a celebration of her life will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 am from the St Michael's Episcopal Church with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jere Whitson Elementary School Reading Program.
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Michael's Episcopal Church
    640 North Washington Avenue
    COOKEVILLE, TN 38501
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  • Reception

    St. Michael's Episcopal Church
    640 North Washington Avenue
    COOKEVILLE, TN 38501
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danny mclean

Posted at 11:20am
It is with sorrow that we, Danny and Brenda McLean, have learned of Cathy's passing. It has been years since we have seen Cathy. She would bring Aunt Alice to South Carolina where we would meet them in Myrtle Beach and ride around with Aunt Alice snapping photos of strange odd things. Cathy was the sweetest cousin, it is with regret that we did not see her before her passing...

William Smith

Posted at 10:02am
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Bettie L. Dever

Posted at 03:38pm
Jim & family ~ So very sorry about Cathy’s passing. Our love, thoughts and prayers to you and your children. Cathy was a very sweet and kind neighbor, It seems we only talked when we were coming and going outside. Jim, I didn’t come to see Cathy when she came home from rehab, because I chose to remember Cathy the way I usually saw her...coming back from a run, or out walking your daughter’s doggie, and it was in the morning before she left for school. Mostly when I saw Cathy in the mornings she would have big pink rollers in her hair! We had a laugh about those rollers, because I told her I had the same big pink rollers too! Cathy & I were the same age and were teenagers during the 1960s! Rest In Peace my sweet little neighbor, I will miss your warm smile!
With our deepest sympathy,
Lynn & Bettie Dever
1089 Sugarhill Place
Cookeville, TN 38501

Mary Habif

Posted at 01:43pm
Cathy...I will always remember you and your sweet ways...How your smile would light up the room...I remember how you took everything in stride, how gentle you were. how you loved your family and your life.....I will miss your loving words and your sweet hugs....Most of all I will miss seeing your face and hearing your voice .....I know you are wrapped in the arms of peacefully....I will see you on the other side, my friend....

Class of 2005

Posted at 12:39am
To Catherine in memory of your mother Cathy! With Love, your classmates Springfield High School Class of 2005.
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