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J Christopher "JC" Rainey

July 12, 1974 ~ December 8, 2021 (age 47)

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J. Christopher (“JC”) Rainey

Visitation will be from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Monday, December 13, 2021, with a memorial service Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm in Connecticut at Bethel AME Church, 1154 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, Connecticut (06002).

Some lights simply shine as brightly as they possibly can. J. Christopher was such a light: a talented, dynamic, accomplished, visionary and humble man, who loved his family, served his country, and constantly enhanced those around him. He embodied the scripture, “to whom much is given, much is required.”

He entered the world on July 12, 1974, the youngest of three children born to Clifton Rainey and Claudette E. Rainey. The Rainey’s value God and family above all and instilled a passionate goal-oriented work ethic in each of their children. Affectionately known as Chris in his youth, even then he was always ambitious and always busy. He grew up in Avon, Connecticut where he was educated in the Avon school system. He played the piano, was active in sports, and excelled in his studies.

Chris was also funny, charming, and intelligent. In 2003, Chris married the love of his life Luz Medina, whose heart he won during their time dating. Luz and Chris have two beautiful children, Valentina, and Manolo.  Luz is a loving and dedicated wife and extraordinary mother to their wonderful children.

After attending Elizabeth City State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, he joined the United States Air Force in 1996, and served for 21 years. Known as J.C. in military circles, he valued his service to his country highly and attained the rank of Technical Staff Sergeant. As part of his service, he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Award, AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and AF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters.

J.C. was a Self-Assessment Program Manager for the 3 Air Support Operations Group, rising to a level that obtained him a top-secret security clearance. In this role, where he advised senior management, he managed the acceptance, deactivation, and transfer inspection of communications equipment and systems. He also supervised 17 IT and production work centers to track system maintenance for Infrastructure, Satellite Communications, and Data Systems.  

J.C. always saw the “big picture” and could strategically analyze that picture from every angle. He was the consummate planner, which aided his success in the Air Force and in life.  An avid reader, J.C. constantly strove to be excellent - always learning, seeking to grow, and motivated to be better at everything.

His intention after retiring from the Air Force was to pursue a career in Information Technology. He was already a seasoned and versatile program manager with years of leadership and management expertise, yet he continued to seek specialized training. While serving in the Air Force, J.C. obtained IT security operations and certifications, which only a small group of people in the world have achieved, including a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) license. Ultimately, his goal was to become a Servant Agilist Consultant.

But in 2017, the unthinkable happened. J.C. sought surgery to correct a long-standing foot injury and following the procedure sustained an anoxic brain injury, which robbed him of the ability to speak and move on his own. For more than four years, Luz lovingly dedicated herself to his care full-time.

On December 8th, J.C. transitioned from earth to glory.

To honor his legacy even while he struggled with his injury, earlier this year, with the help of one of his friends, Frederick Gill, the family established the J. Christopher Rainey Endowment and Scholarship at Elizabeth City State University. Also, at the same time, through the fierce determination and efforts of his mother, Claudette Rainey, the J. Christopher Rainey Dissertation Grant was established by her nursing sorority, Chi Eta Phi. Both efforts will financially assist students in need, who embody J.C.’s spirit of servant leadership, innovation, and commitment to positive social change.

J.C. is survived by his loving wife, Luz, his beloved children, Valentina and Manolo, his parents, Clifton, and Claudette Rainey (nee John), his brother Lamont Rainey (Melissa), his sister, Major Leslie Rainey Davy (Ansley), his special aunts, Alice Gissendanner and Florence John, his Uncle Patrick Rainey, his nephews, Caleb and Cyrus, and his nieces, Latasia Monae and Taylynn Simone, and a host of other cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and loved ones.

Rest in peace and in paradise, our dear J. Christopher. We love you!

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, any well-wishers who choose to do so donate to the J. Christopher Rainey Endowment at www.jcraineyendowment.org (See donation link below).

 

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Services

Memorial Service
Saturday
March 12, 2022

1:00 PM
Bethel AME Church
1154 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Donations

JC Rainey Endowment
Web: http://www.jcraineyendowment.org

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