George Robert Rainwater

george rainwater

November 23, 1953 ~ August 31, 2021

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

George Robert Rainwater, 67, of Candler, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe co., he was a son of the late Garlen and Carolyn Sue Penland Rainwater. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Debra Yvonne Clark Rainwater.

Mr. Rainwater retired from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office after 30 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Woodard Rainwater; son, Adam Rainwater; daughters, Mandie and Cari Rainwater; and grandchildren, Zachary, Morgan, Jacob, Marshal, Kenzleigh and Bryce.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Pastor James Grant officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


Visitation: September 4, 2021 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Memorial Service: September 4, 2021 4:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Worked many many years with Bob at BCSD. Keeping Jennifer and the children in my thoughts and prayers .

  2. I knew Bob my 30 yrs in law enforcement he was a good friend and always pleasant to be around my thoughts and prayers are with the family. R.I.P Brother

  3. Sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was always a delight to be around. Both professionally and personally. Rest in peace Bob Rainwater. Prayers to the family.

  4. Godspeed my special friend ….You are with your fellow officers watching over us all. I will miss our conversations and having someone check to see if all is well. Making the day better. You were a good one…Sending prayer and sympathy to the family and many friends. RIP now we have it here.

  5. Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss as well as the rest of his family, Adam, Mandie, and Carie. Bob and I worked together for several years at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Dept. and no one could ask for a better friend. Bob did more for me than anyone at the Sheriff’s Dept ever did. He was a true friend and looked out for the people on his squad, all of them. I never got he hear him play his guitar but have heard he was amazing even played professionally at some point. You will be missed my friend and I do not call you friend lightly. Rest in Peace Bob Rainwater, I hope to see you again soon.

  6. Thoughts and prayers to the Rainwater family. I’ve known Adam and Mandie for many years. So sorry for your loss 💞

  7. I am saddened to hear Bob passed away. There were many nights, over 20 years ago, he would keep watch over me as I worked 3rd shift at a local gas station. His whole squad would come in to grab a coffee, get gas or just chat to make sure I was safe and ok.
    I presented him with a framed photo as a thank you, that I heard he kept for years in his office.
    My heart breaks for his wife, children and family & friends.
    Thank you for your service, Bob ❤️ You will be missed. Your light will forever shine in everyone’s hearts you touched.

  8. My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Jennifer and Bob and Jennifer’s entire extended family and friends. Holding you all in prayer!

  9. Rainwater, you will be missed. Anyone that had the opportunity to work with you, always left smiling. Until we meet again RIP brother…prayers for you family.

  10. Bob was always a good backup on a call. I always could count on him. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you. Bill&Sandy

  11. Godspeed brother…

    Enjoyed working with you all those years. But I am sure there’s alot more smiles and laughter in Heaven today!

  12. Bob was my FTO when I started Patrol with the Sheriff Department in 1989.
    Many experiences, lessons and great memories from time spent with him.
    My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

  13. Bob was my F.T.O. and Gerald’s sergeant. We shared lots of laughs and adventures. He was a good man and will be greatly missed. Jennifer, you and the children will be in our prayers.

  14. I’m so sorry for your loss he was a good man he helped a lot of people he will be missed dearly my heart and prayers go out to his family and friends

  15. A true light in many lives. Mike and I are saddened and pray for God’s Peace over all of your family. We love you.

  16. Bob was a good man and a good friend I will him terrible and the post of his bulldog. Jennifer if need anything let me know me know God bless and keep .you my prayers are with you and the family

  17. You will be missed Bob. You taught me how to fight to win, cuss like a sailor as needed and how to laugh at one’s self as applicable. As my son grew I had to alter my language, but I’m sure it was for the best. Because he also learned how to be a terrific tough little dude who could write excellent detailed book reports. Thanks for everything I have learned from you. I didn’t let it go to waste. Goodbye Friend

  18. Sending my love and prayers to you, Jennifer and the rest of the family. I know your heart beyond broken. You and Bob were a precious couple and always will be. Know I love you and you will be in my prayers in the days and months to come💕🙏

  19. Jennifer and family,

    My heart breaks for all of you, I know that you are so very sad right now. Always remember that you carry the best part of Bob with you everyday. He lives in his children, grandchildren and in all of your hearts through memories and the love that he shared with each of you. I will always remember his laugh and some of his silly antics. I will hold each of you close in prayer.

  20. Bob, you gave this world such brightness and compassion. You were always there to help us officers no matter the time or place..Your job here is done, go rest now sir. Prayers for Jennifer and family.

  21. Bob was such a fine man to work with and I am so blessed to have known him. His humor was so uplifting and I’ll never forget his smile. He always had your back. Rest Easy Brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Jennifer and family.

  22. My love and prayers are with Jennifer and the family. Worked with Bob many years at the Sheriff’s office. He was a good friend and will be missed. Robin Norris Robinson

  23. So very sorry to hear about the death of your father. Tim wanted you to know that he thought a lot of your dad and he was telling me a story today about how he let him sit behind the wheel of his patrol car. We are praying for all of your family.

  24. So sorry Mandie. Your dad was one of my favorites at the Sheriffs Dept all those years ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. I’m so sorry for your loss he was a wonderful man a wonderful cop and great friends with my dad I know he will be missed but his in a better place it hard to believe it till we get there to but it’s on God’s time and only God knows why

  26. ITo the Family I am so sorry to hear about Bob this sure was a shocker to see he is gone .Bob and I grew up together on Pearson Drive we went to school together he was a fun neighbor the years went by and we went seperate ways but we always kept in touch to see how each others family was doing .Bob will sure be missed he never met a stranger and was a friend to all who would let him be a friend. A great man gone to soon .We will see you in Heaven Gods Speed my brother .

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