Betty Jean (Rainey) Smith

July 26, 1948 ~ March 12, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Betty Smith Obituary

**The Eternal Elegance of Betty Jean Rainey Smith**

In a world where style is a language spoken fluently, Betty Jean Rainey Smith stood as a beacon of haute couture, leaving an indelible mark on the runway of life. With profound sorrow, we bid farewell to a fashion icon whose essence radiated grace, glamour, and timeless sophistication.Born July 26, 1948 in Decatur, Alabama to the late Haley Rainey and Hattie Mae Rice – Townsend. An innate sense of style, Betty Jean embraced the world of high fashion from an early age. Betty’s childhood was a canvas where imagination met silk, cultivating a passion that would shape her destiny.

Betty was educated through the Decatur City School system, upon her relocation to Chicago, Illinois in the early 1960’s with her father, Betty continued her education and graduated from Marshall High School.

Betty confessed hope in Christ at in early age and served faithfully at  Mercy Seat M.B. Church, until Betty moved to the south side of Chicago and united with Antioch M.B. Church.  Upon returning home to Decatur, Alabama she united with St. Peter M.B. Church under the leadership of Pastor Jerry Baker.

She had a strong work ethic and was employed for Western Electric. As time went on Betty became an entrepreneur and open her very own convenient store of which she was very elated. Later she worked for Sam Club where she worked until she retired.   Betty continue working and accepted employment at the American Thrift Store as a cashier.  She was loved by everyone that knew her.  

Betty enjoyed family time and making sure she took family trips and cruises. Betty was a very loving person and loved her family. 

As we bid farewell to a luminary of the fashion world, let us remember Betty’s indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to faith, family and fashion.  

Betty Smith 75 transitioned on March 12, 2024 in Huntsville, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; brothers, Austin Townsend and Elfago Townsend and her sisters , Myra Hinkston and Edna Taylor Harris.

Betty leaves to mourn her passing : her son Sean Smith; three sisters, Bobbie Ann Townsend, Dorothy Williams all of Decatur, AL and Diane Johnson of Cincinnati, OH; seven  brothers, Robert Rainey, Calvin Rice, Antonio Townsend (Pattie) all of Decatur, Anthony Townsend (Gwen), Carlton Townsend (Elizabeth), Gerald Townsend (Rochelle), and Bernard Townsend (Angela) all of Cincinnati, OH; two aunts, Dorothy Love and Joyce Love, both of Illinois; one granddaughter, Porsha Smith of Chicago, IL; two grandsons, Pastor Sean D. Smith of Chicago, IL and Kobe Thompson of Decatur, AL; three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, March will be noon Saturday, March 23, 2024 at St. Peter M.B. Church with the Reverend Jerry Baker officiating and the Reverend Sean D. Smith eulogizing. Inhumation will follow in Bell Church Cemetery.  The body will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral.  Public viewing will be Friday from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm at Reynolds Funeral Home

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Celebration of Life
March 23, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Peter M.B. Church
218 Cedar Lake Rd SW
Decatur, AL 35603


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