Who We Are
Opened in the 1930's under the name of Blankenship-Strickland Funeral Home, until 1950 when Ray and Lucille Rainey purchased Mr. Blankenship's part in the business. The Funeral home became Strickland-Rainey Funeral Home. A few years later the Rainey's purchased Mr. Strickland's part and it became Rainey Funeral Home. During the next four decades Mr. and Mrs. Rainey would develop a first class Funeral Home while putting the families they served first. Mr. and Mrs. Rainey were very active in their community, Lucille taught first grade and Ray was a Chamber of Commerce president and was also the Stoddard County Coroner for four decades. Lucille lost her battle to cancer in 1994 shortly after in 1996 Ray passed away also due to cancer.
After Ray's passing Greg and Lisa Mathis purchased the Funeral Home. Greg had worked for the Rainey's since 1978 after he graduated from Mid-America Mortuary School in Louisville, Kentucky. Greg has been very involved in his community he has served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club President, voted Dexter's Man of The Year in 1998, an Athletic Supporter of the Dexter Bearcats, Stoddard County Coroner for seven years and he is now serving in his second term as Stoddard Counties Presiding Commissioner.
Greg and Lisa have two children, Eric and Aaron. Many of you will remember Eric from playing the piano at local Churches. Eric was recently married to the former Brittany Bergquist. Brittany and Eric make their home in Birmingham, Alabama where Eric teaches at Samford University and Brittany is Coordinator of Tax Reporting at the Energen Corporation.
Aaron and his wife, also Brittany live in Dexter with their daughter, Harper Anne. Aaron workis with his parents at the Funeral Home and Brittany is a Registered Nurse at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Greg and Lisa are committed to providing the same care and professionalism the Rainey-Mathis name has been known for in Stoddard County.