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Hester Rainwater

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

PORTAGEVILLE -- Hester Pardon Bass Rainwater, 102, died Aug. 18, 2008, at the Portageville Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 16, 1905, in Dickson County, Tenn., to the late Henry and Minnie Reed Pardon, she was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Portageville, where she served in many clubs and participated in several activities. She was employed for 28 years at Segals Department Store.

In 1921, she married Amos Bass Sr. In 1949, she married Ira Rainwater, who preceded her in death in 1976.

Also preceding her in death were: one daughter, Frances Bass Walker; one granddaughter, Sherri Ann Scherer; one great-granddaughter, Megan Elizabeth Scherer; two brothers, Will Pardon and Emitt Pardon; and three sisters, Ida Campbell, Ellen Pardon and Adelle Powell.

Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Amos and Jane Bass Jr. of Staunton, Va.; and eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville. Services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, with Dr. Buck Morton officiating.

Burial will follow in the Portageville Cemetery.