Obituary posted on Jennings Funeral Home Website
Stephen L. Rains was born August 7, 1962 in Louisville, Kentucky to Lyndon & Jo Ann (Foy) Rains. He graduated magna cum laude in English from Tennessee Tech University in 1985 and later received an additional degree in History. He served as the student body association president and received the university's most prestigious student award, the Derryberry Award. After graduating from Tech, he earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1988 before returning to his hometown of Jamestown to practice law and support the family business at The Rains Agency. Following the untimely death of his father in 2003, Steve took over as President and CEO of Progressive Savings Bank and The Rains Agency. He has served on the Fentress County Industrial Development Board and various other community organizations.
Steve was passionate about Tennessee Tech. In 2007, he gave the fall commencement address at his alma mater, honoring his father and talking about the lessons learned as a student and entrepreneur. Steve was the past chairman of the TTU Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the TTU President's Club 1915 Society.
Steve was personally known for his generosity. In addition to his own giving, in 2004, Steve and his associates formed The Rains Foundation in honor of his father Lyndon, to support scholarship, athleticism, physical vigor, sportsmanship, commerce and entrepreneurship. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in college scholarships to students from the Upper Cumberland.
Steve loved to travel and he attended Bruce Springsteen concerts regularly, but his most gratifying achievement and pleasure was being the father of his two beautiful children. He would often comment that he was at his best when he was being a loving parent.
Funeral service will be Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the York Institute Gymnasium. A private burial will be held at a later date.
The family will receive friends on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the York Institute Gymnasium.
He is survived by his:
Wife, EMILY (PHILLIPS) RAINS
Son, JACK PHILLIPS RAINS
Daughter, LYNDON KATHERINE "KATE" RAINS
Nieces, REGINA BOYCE
A Host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins
Mother & Father-in-Law, CINDY & OTTIS PHILLIPS
He is preceded by his:
Father, LYNDON RAINS
Mother, JO ANN (FOY) RAINS
Sister, MICKEY PENNINGTON-BOYCE
Infant Brother, MICHAEL RAINS
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, THE FAMILY HAS REQUESTED DONATIONS TO BE MADE TO THE RAINS FOUNDATION AND DONATIONS CAN BE LEFT AT JENNINGS FUNERAL HOMES OR THEY CAN BE MAILED TO:
c/o Progressive Savings Bank
500 North Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556
JENNINGS FUNERAL HOMES OF JAMESTOWN IN CHARGE OF SERVICES FOR STEVE RAINS OF JAMESTOWN.