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Ernest Rainwater, Knifley, KY (1923-2012)

He was a highly regarded citizen of Knifley, Adair County, KY and the patriarch of a large distinguished family. He leaves 9 direct living descendants. Mr. Rainwater was a member of the Yuma Baptist Church, a U. S. Air Corps veteran of World War II and was a retired farmer in the Knifley Community.

Ernest Rainwater, age 88 years of Elkhorn Road, Knifley, KY passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:45am at the Campbellsville Retirement Home in Campbellsville, KY after several months illness.

Funeral services are Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10amCT/11amET, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Hugh Withers the officiating clergy. Interment in the Chappell Cemetery at Knifley, KY The family requests visiting after 4:30pmCT/ 5:30pmET, on Friday at the funeral home.

Ernest Rainwater, Knifley, KY (1923-2012)

He was born October 24, 1923 in the Smith Ridge Community of Taylor County, KY. He was the son of the late: Ras and Lillian Ford Rainwater. He died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Campbellsville, Taylor County, KY at the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 26 days.

He was married to Agnes Perkins Rainwater on June 29, 1946 Survived by his wife, Agnes Perkins Rainwater of Knifley, KY, and the following;
  • One son: Wendell Rainwater of Knifley, KY

  • One daughter: Glenda Barlow of Tampa, Florida

  • Two brothers: J.D. Rainwater of Campbellsville, KY and William Rainwater of Campbellsville, KY

  • Three sisters: Lula Mae Bell of Campbellsville, KY; Helen Sharp and husband Cecil of Campbellsville, KY; and Barbara Skaggs and husband Donald of Campbellsville, KY

  • Two granddaughters: Allison Elizabeth Campbell and Miranda Lynn Conley

  • Five great grandchildren

  • A brother in law: Walter Harold Perkins and wife Margaret of Campbellsville, KY
He was preceded in death by his only grandson: Shannon Rainwater on July 15, 2000; and siblings, Gordon Earl Rainwater, Kenneth Rainwater, Rosaline Sprowles and Madeline Cave.

Send a condolence to the family of Ernest Rainwater

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY in charge of arrangements.

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Ernest Rainwater, Knifley, KY (1923-2012)

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