James Thomas Rayner

Born: Mon., Dec. 21, 1936
Died: Sat., Mar. 28, 2020

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James Thomas Rayner, 83 of Paradise Hill Lane, Midland died Saturday, March 28, 2020 at UPMC Western Maryland, Cumberland.  Born in Gilmore, December 21, 1936 he was the son of the late David A. Rayner and Marguerite C. James. He was preceded in death by his brother, David “Nook” Jones.  

Jim started out his younger days working for his father’s business, Pine Mountain Coal Company, where he learned to run heavy equipment. He then worked for Jim Thrasher operating a shovel. He retired from the Kelly Springfield Tire Company in 1987 after 25 years of service. Simultaneously, he was part owner of and continued to work for many years in the family business, Pine Mountain Coal.

He enjoyed playing his mandolin in a bluegrass/gospel band called, “Broken Glass and Rusty Hinges”. This band became his extended family and they will miss him terribly. Jim was a lifetime member of the Midland Sportsman’s Club. Everyone who knew Jim shared in his positivity, never easily angered; he kept on the bright side of life regardless of the circumstances.

Jim has been married to the love of his life, Dorothy (House) Rayner since January 4, 1958. He is survived by three children Dave and wife Lisa of Avilton, Jim and girlfriend Lynne Bullerman of Iowa and Susan Duckworth and husband John of Frostburg; three grandchildren Jamie Keister and husband Michael, Sarah Duckworth and John Wesley Duckworth; one great-granddaughter Macey Marie Keister, aka “Sweetie Pie”; three siblings Sue Howser, Bob Rayner and wife Sharon and Sherry Fazenbaker and husband Olen and a special sister-in-law Betsy Magruder. He is also survived by his best friends Pat Skipper, Edna Clark, Bill Tietz and Linda James. He had many special nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at the Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home, P.A., Midland and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilhelmeakin.com.

Jim’s family wishes to thank the Home Health Care, Progressive Care Unit, 6th Floor Rehab Unit, special CNA Robert Wilt, doctors, nurses and staff of Western Maryland UPMC, Pastor Roger Kitzmiller and Chaplain Bruce for the exceptional care Jim received.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be sent in memory of Jim to the Midland Fire Company at 14823 Broadway St., Midland, MD 21532 and the George’s Creek Ambulance Service at 19 Union St., Lonaconing, MD 21539.

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Agnes Urbas Llewellyn
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Dorothy, my condolences, may you and your family find comfort and strength.

Krista and Tim Llewellyn
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Tim and I are so saddened by your loss. Uncle Jimmy was a kind soul. Mom and Dad thought very highly of you Dorothy and Jim. We are sending you hugs and love and hugs to all.
Krista and Tim Llewellyn

Tom and Tammy Beal
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
So very sorry for your family's loss. Thoughts and prayers for all.

Diane and Donnie Bennett
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
So very sorry for your loss! God draw you close to His Heart and bring you comfort.

Regina & Walnut Spiker and family
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Sending our love to all. Uncle Jim was a wonderful, sweet, talented fella and will be missed greatly by all. Xox

Ron Whittington
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Dorothy and Family,
I think the obituary says it best, he was a good person with that gentle way of doing things. He will be missed by all of you for sure. Barbara and myself can only say prayers for the whole family and try and think of the good times and let him live on in your hearts and minds.

Glenn and Bonnie zmiller
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Sorry four loss. Our thoughts are with you. Glenn said he was a great pigeon shooter and was in one of the best matches he has ever seen.

Rena McGee
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Praying for your family at this time. I did not have the privilege of knowing Jim very long, but he became one of my favorites as soon as I soon as I met him. Sending prayers, hugs and love to you and your family.

Kevin & Melinda (Brinegar)Youngblood
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss.Jim was such a kind & wonderful man.We have many wonderful memories of him while we were visiting Aunt Alice & Uncle Walter.We were always welcome at your home too.Love & prayers to all the family.He will be forever remembered.

Janie Cuthbertson
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Dorthy, I was sadden to read of Jim's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. I remember Jim as being a soft spoken gentleman with a big heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Love and hugs, Janie

William J Tietz
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Dear Dorothy and family, please accept my condolences and heartfelt prayers in the loss of your wonderful Jim. Please know that Jim was also a wonderful friend and will be sorely missed by me. Jim's mandolin playing and singing will be a big loss to our little group. Love you and your family.

Dancing Bill

Kenny & Bernice Rayner
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Dorothy and family so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you at this time

Becky and Kevin Arbogast
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Dorothy we are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing you are in our thoughts and prayers

Randy & Julie Hawkins
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of James.

Barbara Knippenburg
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Dorothy and family. Jim will be missed by many.

Cheryl Kearchner
   Posted Tue March 31, 2020
Many hugs and prayers to my family on the passing of Uncle Jim. He will be greatly missed. Anytime I was around him his smile always made me feel welcome and loved. His laughter made me smile and put me at ease. I have many fond memories from my childhood up to the present of family times together and so much love. I only got to hear a bit of his music but I'm sure he's joined in the heavenly music already. We will miss you Uncle Jim. Live to all. Cheryl Lynn

Shanna VanCourt
   Posted Tue March 31, 2020
I am so sorry that Uncle Jim is no longer with us.
I will remember him fondly.
Sending prayers and love to the family, especially Aunt Dorothy.
May he have been met at heavens gate by Granny Toes And Pap Charlie.
Love, Shanna

Norma Shearer-DiGennaro
   Posted Wed April 01, 2020
Hello Dorothy: This is Norma Jean Spiker: I am very sorry about Jimmy. He was a good person. I know you are going to miss him, as he will be missed by all. God Bless You & Your Family. I think about all our good times when we were growing up. Nice thought & remembrances. Love you Norma Shearer-DiGennaro

Glenn Broadwater
   Posted Wed April 01, 2020
Sorry to hear of Mr. Raynor’s passing. Always enjoyed talking with both of you at New Germany State Park. Praying for peace and comfort for the entire family. Glenn

jim fazenbaker
   Posted Thu April 02, 2020
Dorothy and family,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Jim.
May he rest in peace God bless all of you now and in the days ahead.
Jim and Gladys Fazenbaker

Elaine Clise
   Posted Fri April 10, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. I have been praying for your family during these very difficult times.

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