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H-L remembers coach’s right-hand man

Steven and Pam Depinet (left) and Sue and Bob Rainey (right) participate in Hopewell-Loudon’s Senior Night in memory of their grandson, Cody Rainey, Friday evening. Cody, a member of the Hopewell-Loudon Class of 2020, and his family — his parents, Jim and Jodi, and siblings Austin and Jessica — died in a house fire in 2017.

BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon remembered a coach’s right-hand man during Senior Night on Friday.

Cody Rainey, a member of the Class of 2020, was involved in FFA, band and the basketball program as a student manager. He was at all the boys team’s practices and was on the sideline of every game.

“He was Coach Jury’s right-hand man,” said announcer Paul Jones during a ceremony honoring the seniors Friday.

Jones said Cody was special student, person and teammate who touched many lives in his time at Hopewell-Loudon and won’t be forgotten in the basketball program.

The Raineys’ SR 18 house burned Oct. 26, 2017. James R. Rainey, 46, and his wife, Jodi L. Depinet-Rainey, 41, and their children, Austin, 19, Cody, 15, and Jessica, 7, died in the house fire.

Cody played basketball during his seventh-grade season. A broken bone then kept him from the sport, but he still wanted to participate. He helped classmates when he was an eighth-grader.

Cody served as a student assistant coach.

He was interested in drawing up plays, performed locker room checks, helped assign some lockers, helped with the clock and made sure equipment was set out.

About a month after the fire, Roger Jury, the varsity boys basketball coach, had said every person can’t play 32 minutes per game, and every person can’t be the star of the team.

Every player has to accept a role.

Jury had said Cody did the best job he could with being a student assistant coach and manager, taking it seriously and being proud of it. Cody did his job with passion and always had a smile on his face, he said.

Jury had described Cody as kind-hearted, energetic and passionate. He said Cody was one of the kindest and most caring people he ever saw.

“(He was) always a hard worker,” he said.

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