Located in Chicago, Illinois
318 E 71st St, Chicago, IL
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Located in Chicago, Illinois
Mr. Ahmed A. Rayner, Sr. was born in 1893 in Calvert, Texas. He graduated from Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, Texas in 1911. Following his graduation from Prairie View, he migrated to Chicago, Illinois. He eventually became a graduate of both Worsham College of Mortuary Science (in 1914) as well as a graduate of John Marshall Law School (in 1934).
While in Chicago, he started working for Jackson Funeral Home. After leaving Jackson Funeral Home, he began a career as the Livery manager for Metropolitan Funeral Home, which was affiliated with the Chicago Metropolitan Mutual Life Assurance Company. A.A. Rayner, Sr. eventually resigned from the "Met" in 1947 to begin his own company.
In the 1960"s and 1970"s, A.A. (Sammy) Rayner, Jr."s peaceful involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and its struggles helped to galvanize the community. Through his political actions and aspirations, many changes were realized for the poor, underprivileged, uneducated, and the financially and socially forgotten. A.A. Rayner, Jr. was a decorated United States Air Force bomber pilot, and one of the original members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Throughout his professional and political career his dedication and service to the city and to the members of his community were very rewarding. He was humbly elected to the City of Chicago council in 1967 as Alderman of the 6th Ward. In 1997, A.A. Rayner & Sons celebrated their 50th Anniversary. The family marked the anniversary with an extensive renovation of the 318 East 71st Street funeral home.
This funeral home is managed by other members of the family"s third generation, including Pamela C. Rayner; Charles S. Childs, Jr.; Enna Sue Aikens, A.A. Rayner III, Donna L. Rayner, Nancy L. Martin, Ivan E. Rayner II, and Attorney Cheryl B. Rayner. The family"s fourth generation continues to provide service and is committed to the communities in which we serve, with the addition of Charles S. Childs, III and Tracy Rayner.
Our history is blessed and rooted in Chicago"s history with each and every family we"ve served and continue to serve. We are honored to have been able to serve our community, and we consider it a privilege and an important responsibility to offer our very best. A.A. Rayner & Sons leadership and commitment to affordable, ethical and professional service will continue for generations to come. , but we have an outstanding assortment of caskets to fit every budget.
We are here to help with every step in making funeral arrangements to make your family as comfortable as can be during this grieving process. We are honored to have been able to serve our community, and we consider it a privilege and an important responsibility to offer our very best. is committed to providing affordable, ethical, and professional service and will continue for generations to come.
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