A Remembrance for


From July 5,1994 until December 9, 2021, God fulfilled his purpose through the life of his daughter, Briana Renee Rainey. During the early morning hours on Thursday, December 9th, Briana slept away and was received into the arms of Jesus after succumbing to illnesses she’d suffered for many years.

Briana was the youngest of two children. She enjoyed being sociable, making good friends, traveling, dining, cooking, shopping, and attending diabetic workshops. In school, she liked basketball, cheerleading and enthusiastically sang for the school chorus.

She is the mother of one miracle baby boy, Khyaden E. Carter, who is a much welcomed and loved addition to our family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Julius Rainey, paternal grandmother Delois Edge, paternal great- aunt Eva Monroe, and maternal grandfather, Amos A. Smith, Sr.

Her vibrant life will be greatly missed, and she leaves behind to cherish her memory: her son, Khyaden Carter; Mother, Robin Rainey; Brothers- Bryan Smith (Gainesville, Florida), Steven Rainey, and Ricardo Rainey of North Carolina; Grandmother, Addie Boston Smith (Alachua, Florida); and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends.

Order of Service

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born and a time to die.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

Presiding, Minister Vernon Hayes Pickens Temple United Methodist Church, Old Town, Florida

Processional with Viewing

Invocation..............................Minister Oriska Singleton Living Word Church of Faith, Alachua, Florida

Old & New Testaments...Evangelist Audrey Jackson

Living Word Church of Faith, Alachua, Florida

Resolutions & Acknowledgement
Of Thoughtful Expressions............Dr. Barbara Henry

Solo.............................................. Karen Boston Jackson

Words of Comfort..............Prophetess Suzette Robinson Power House Family Worship Center, Gainesville, Florida

Poem and Butterfly Release Recessional

May I go now?

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right? May I say goodbye to pain filled days and endless lonely nights?
I've lived my life and done my best, an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond and set my spirit free?

I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now to a warm and loving light.
I want to go
I really do.
It's difficult to stay.

But I will try as best I can

to live just one more day. To give you time to care for me and share your love and fears. I know you're sad and afraid, because I see your tears.

I'll not be far,
I promise that, and hope you'll always know that my spirit will be close to you wherever you may go.
Thank you for loving me.
You know I love you too,
that's why it's hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time and let me hear you say, because you care so much for me, you'll let me go today.

by Susan A. Jackson


Bryan Smith Amos Smith, Jr Stephen Rainey Joshua Thompson Aaron Thompson


Greater Liberty Hill Cemetery


Greater Liberty Hill

Immediately Following the Internment


The flowers you sent this day
The card you mailed along the way
The service you stopped by to render The gift you brought with thoughts so tender The prayers you said which played a part In easing the pain that was in our hearts Each helped us find the strength to bear The loss of the one so dear
It was to us a great comfort indeed
To see you in time of sorrow and need
So from our hearts which you tried to mend, We thank you sincerely again and again.

Arrangements Entrusted to:

Duncan Brothers’ Funeral Home

Gainesville, Florida

The Homegoing Celebration in loving memory of


Saturday December 18, 2021 10:30am

Greater Liberty Hill United Methodist Church Gainesville, Florida