Meredith Trotter Raney, Jr.
Departed in Melbourne, Florida on March 9, 2020
Meredith Trotter Raney, Jr., age 74, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020, in Melbourne, Florida. Born in Richmond, VA, he was the son of the late Meredith Trotter Raney, Sr. and the late Lucy Ellen Powell Raney. He was blessed with two stepmothers, Anita P. Williams, who loved him from the age of six, and Mary S. Raney, who loved him as an adult.
He spent his childhood and teen years in Aiken, SC, graduating from Aiken High School in the class of 1964. As a child, he loved spending time in Virginia at the homes of his grandparents. He especially loved the time he spent at his maternal grandparents’ farm, helping his grandfather with the tobacco harvest and other farm-related activities. In Aiken, he played Little League baseball, was in Boy Scout Troop 110, played soccer, drove a school bus, and had a paper route. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1968 with a degree in electrical engineering. After graduation, he moved to Florida to work for Radiation Corporation (subsequently Harris Corporation). While there, he met and married Tannis Camp and became father to her three beautiful daughters, Sabra M. Raney (Derek Covenah), Saretta T. Wiggins (Chuck), and Sholon Raney. While he was employed by the Harris Corporation, the company was assigned three patents for his inventions. He was active in the pro-life movement Operation Rescue. During his retirement, he again drove a school bus.
He was a long-time member of Central Baptist Church in Melbourne, FL.
In addition to his former wife, three daughters, and stepmothers, he is survived by his Uncle Edwin Powell (Margaret), his Aunt Mary Phillips, four sisters, Nancy R. Moseley (David), Martha R. Gaddy (James), Laura R. Spearman, and Mary Leigh R. Sabean (Joel), 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, two nephews, a niece, a great-nephew, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at: Central Baptist Church 2503 Country Club Rd. Melbourne, FL 32901 on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Service starts at 10:00, with food and fellowship to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Parkinson Disease Association at apdaparkinson.org or the Parkinson’s Foundation at parkinsons.org.