Douglas Joseph Rainey

Douglas Joseph Rainey was born April 15, 1924, to Ethel Louise Mooney and Walter Belden Rainey, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the seventh child of eleven children. On January 29, 2018, he passed away peacefully at home at the age of 93. He was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and spent the majority of his life residing in Chalmette, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, he relocated to Walker, Louisiana for ten years, and finally settled at Summerfield Retirement Community in Slidell, Louisiana for his final years.

He was married to Mary Louise Watson in 1946 and they shared their life together for 71 years. They had two children, Cynthia Louise Rainey and Douglas Joseph Rainey, Jr., 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, he is survived by his brother, Francis E. Rainey and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents, and siblings Rosemary Rainey, Lorna Robinson, Calvin Rainey, Patricia Schulte, John Rainey, Kathleen Wieczor, David Rainey, Thomas Rainey and Lorraine Schorling, and grandson Casey Alan Roberts. He was dedicated to his family and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and was assigned to the Navy Seabees, where he served as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class, on Midway Island. He was honorably discharged in November 1945.

After returning home from the military, he began his banking career at St. Bernard Bank and later retired at People’s Bank as Senior Vice President in the late 80’s. He served as past President of the Banking Association of New Orleans.

He was a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of St. Bernard, and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

A visitation was held on Friday, February 2, 2018, from noon to 2:00 p.m., with a funeral service in his honor, at 2:00 p.m. He was laid to rest, with military honors, in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit