E.L. “Cobbie” Rainey, age 84 of Stone Mountain, died May 12, 2008. He was preceded in death by wife Genevieve Hartness Rainey. He is survived by children Lydia McGill, Snellville; Larry Rainey, Loganville; David Rainey, Maggie Valley, NC; Debbie Gunnett, Loganville; grandchildren, Jennifer Postrel, Curt McGill, Max McGill, Jason Rainey, Luke Rainey, Seth Rainey, Tiffany Rainey, David (Buck) Rainey, Tina Rainey, Tyler Gunnett, great-granchildren, Jordan Postrel, Matthew Postrel, Chanel Postrel, Mason McGill, siblings, Snodell Morris, Tucker, B.E. Rainey, Clarkston. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 16, 2008 at 1:00 at First Baptist Church, Stone Mountain with Dr. Dan Parker officiating with remains placed in state at 12:30. Burial Melwood Cemetery. Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 15th from 2:00 until 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 at Wages & Son, Stone Mountain Chapel. Cobbie was born in Bethesda, Georgia and raised in Clarkston, Georgia. In high school he played basketball, baseball, football and track. He played on Clarkston's state championship basketball team in 1939-40 & 2nd in state in 1940-41. He was also a member of American Legion baseball that won a state championship in 1943. His legend was made in basketball. He played college basketball at University of Georgia from 1946-1950. He played all four years and was Honorable Mention All-SEC in 1948-49. He was a World War II Veteran in the Navy. Married Genevieve Hartness Rainey on July 14, 1946. They met at the Atlanta Sports Arena while Genevieve played basketball for the Sports Arena Blues where she was an All-American until they married. According to Cobbie they “met at center court.” They began their family in Pelham, Georgia where he coached boys and girls basketball from 1950-56. His combined record was 245 wins and 66 losses. In July, 2000 he was inducted into the Mitchell County Hall of Fame. Cobbie moved his family to Stone Mountain in 1957 and began his career at Stone Mountain High School. While there, he compiled 358 wins and 168 losses with a state championship in 1957, 4 region championships and four years of state playoffs. His coaching record totals 837 games and his winning percentage was 72%. He retired from teaching and coaching at Stone Mountain High School in 1978. He was inducted into the State of Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame and was a founding member of the Atlanta Tip-Off Club and DeKalb Tip-Off Club. He was also voted Coach of the Year two times. After retirement he started his own business of “basketball goals and poles” and installed them all over the metro Atlanta area. His passion was basketball but his love was always his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He and Genevieve attended many activities and sports events for their grandchildren through their years. Wages & Sons 770-469-9811