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.
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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.