Brown Veazey Rainwater was the third of four children to Charles Veazey Rainwater and Blanche Brown Edmondson. Born on April 28, 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia, he and all three of his brothers carried their paternal grandmother’s maiden name, Veazey.
During World War II, Brown served as a Motor Machinists Mate Third Class with the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre.
Professionally, he pursued a career with the Coca-Cola Company as a bottler in Hygeia, Florida, and retired from his position as Vice President and General Superintendent in 1975. Brown didn’t retire to a rocking chair, however, but engaged in an active life of avocations. His obituary lists as his hobbies: hunting, fishing, antique gun collecting, rock collecting, photography and marksmanship. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Pensacola Rifle and Pistol Club and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Brown Rainwater married Elizabeth "Ibba" Brown on 25 Sep 1940, and the couple had two children, a daughter, Sally Rainwater Piefil and a son, Jodie Rainwater. They are shown in this photo with Elizabeth’s parents, siblings and their spouses.
Brown Veazey Rainwater died on March 10, 1999 in Pensacola, Florida and is buried with his wife in Bayview Memorial Park.
Photo supplied by Mary Echols. Biographical information was drawn from his obituary, which appeared in the Pensacola News Journal of Escambia Co., FL in March 1999.
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