MYRTLE BEACH—Donnie Raney, 72 departed this earthly life on Aug. 15 at MUSC in Charleston to come immediately into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 Donnie was born on May 29, 1947, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Stella and Eugene Raney. 

He spent his entire career in the automotive business in a variety of capacities which brought him to live in numerous cities including North Little Rock, Jacksonville, and Hot Springs, Arkansas; Fredericksburg, Virginia, and ultimately to Myrtle Beach. 

Throughout this journey, he was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, First Baptist Church in Georgetown and Forestbrook Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach. He served his Lord, his church and people in a variety of ways, including as a director of bus ministry, evangelism explosion trainer, deacon, mission team member to ministries from Nevada to Nicaragua and a myriad of other areas.

 Donnie loved his family, his friends, his church and his Lord.

He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and NASCAR racing. 

He was an outgoing, loving man who seldom met a stranger and who made friends wherever he went.

He genuinely loved people, even those he didn’t know, and he eagerly shared with anyone who would listen how they, like he, could have abundant joy in this life and a blessed eternity in heaven by accepting the free gift of eternal salvation afforded by Jesus Christ when he shed his own blood on the cross for the payment of our sin. 

Survivors include wife Brenda Raney; children Melissa Denise Green of Myrtle Beach, Arrell Jeffries Raney (Christy) of Charlotte North Carolina, Gary Don Raney of Myrtle Beach and Kenneth Wayne Raney (Betty) of Muldrow, Oklahoma; grandchildren Isabella Green, Annaliese Green, Arlo Raney, Jason Raney, Ethan Raney, Sarah Raney and Tabitha Raney; brothers and sisters Bonnie Raney of Marshall, Arkansas, Mike Raney (Terry) of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Montie Raney of Dover, Arkansas, and Regina Raney of Clarksville, Arkansas, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws and friends whom he loved dearly. 

Donnie was predeceased by sisters Donna Price and Rhonda Crittenden. 

A celebration of life service was held Aug. 24 at Forestbrook Baptist Church with Dr. Randal Helms officiating. 

Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Forestbrook Baptist Church Building Fund, 2051 Forestbrook Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588, or to Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach, 291 Ronald McNair Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

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