The Epsilon Sigma Chapter published the Fall 2022 Chapter Newsletter.
Andrew Talbot Rainer, Jr.
Andrew Talbot Rainer, Jr. “Drew” died on October 3, 2021, at his home in Memphis, TN. Drew was the oldest of 4 siblings, born on July 4, 1999. He was a senior at Rhodes College, where he was a Clarence Day Scholar majoring in English with a minor in Music. He was part of the Rhodes Jazz Ensemble and the chaplain of Sigma Nu fraternity, where he was a brother. Prior to Rhodes, Drew graduated with honors from Christian Brothers High School, where he played trombone in the oldest high school band in America, and was a varsity wrestler, Drew was a voracious reader, and was awarded the Chad Eatherly Scholarship, “given to the Brother’s Boy who exemplifies our best graces: compassion, humor, wisdom, service, spirit and spiritedness…”
From childhood, Drew was an accomplished musician, singer and lover of music, who as a very small boy volunteered to sing at Christmas mass at St. Peter Church, where he continued to serve as a cantor, soloist and duetist. He sang with the Memphis Boy Choir and played trombone in the CBHS Jazz band and with the pep band at football games. Drew also studied bass guitar, and greatly loved playing in his 80’s rock group, Belvedere, with his bandmates.
Drew earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 55, and in 2017 completed a 12 day, 85 mile trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico with fellow Troop 55 scouts and troop leaders.
Drew learned his love for his Catholic faith at St. Peter Catholic Church, where in addition to singing, he served at the altar, and was a devoted member of the high school youth group, known as “The Thing.”
Drew was a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. He was a kind, cheerful, intelligent and outgoing young man, who was loved by his friends.
He is survived by his mother and father, Keith and Andy Rainer, his sisters Nell and Mary, and his brother Robert. He also leaves behind his Aunt, Lesley Dillon (John), his uncles: Jim Rainer (Missy), Stephen Rainer (Debra) and Andrew Doggett (Nora), 11 first cousins, as well a very large extended family network too numerous to mention.
Mass in celebration of Drew’s life will be at St. Peter Catholic Church on Friday, October 8 at 2:30PM. There will be a visitation in the St. Peter parish hall at 1:00PM, and a rosary prayed in the church at 2:00. The service can be streamed live at: https://boxcast.tv/view/drew-rainer-funeral-478870
A memorial fund has been established in Drew’s honor at Pinnacle Bank. Donations can be directed in person or by mail to the Drew Rainer Memorial Fund ? Pinnacle Bank 949 Shady Grove Road South, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38120, or via GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/drew-rainer-memorial-fund.
Drew’s family asks that donations be made to this fund in lieu of flowers.
“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS”
Join us at the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity on Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 10:00am-3:00pm for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2021! Reconnect with friends at the Sigma Nu House and enjoy the Homecoming parade along with a BBQ cookout and tailgate! To help ensure we have an accurate headcount, please RSVP!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our understanding of the Rhodes COVID-19 Protocol is that alumni will be allowed on campus but will not be allowed to enter buildings unless they have been screened for COVID-19 by Rhodes and received approval to enter buildings.
The event is FREE and open to all Sigma Nu brothers, family, friends, and guests!
The Epsilon Sigma Chapter published the Fall 2019 Chapter Newsletter.
The Fall 2019 Chapter Newsletter includes a foreword by Logan Rogers, Alumni Relations Chairman, followed by messages and updates from Keith Harrison, Eminent Commander; Tran, House Chairman; and Luke Staffelbach, Philanthropy Chairman.
The Epsilon Sigma Chapter published the Spring 2019 Chapter Newsletter.
The Spring 2019 Chapter Newsletter includes a foreword by Logan Rogers, Alumni Relations Chairman, followed by messages and updates from Keith Harrison, Eminent Commander; Tran, House Chairman; and Luke Staffelbach, Philanthropy Chairman.
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October 24, 2016
The Rye Family Makes $10,000 Donation to the Epsilon Sigma Chapter Scholarship Account
Memphis, TN – Scott ’83 and Ruth Rye ’84, parents of Colin Rye ’16, have donated $10,000 to the Epsilon Sigma Chapter Scholarship Account held at the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation for use by the Sigma Nu House Corporation of Memphis. Scott pledged the donation after visiting the house and meeting with the Active Chapter and House Corporation leaders.
The Epsilon Sigma Chapter received its first Rock Chapter Award at the 67th Grand Chapter in San Diego, CA.
The Rock Chapter Award is the highest honor that a chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity can receive, honoring collegiate chapters that have achieved excellence in all areas of chapter operations as measured by the Pursuit of Excellence Program.
Epsilon Sigma (Rhodes)
- First Rock Chapter Award
- 67 members
- 28 in GPA
- 100% of members involved in other campus organizations, 25% hold leadership positions
- Raised $5,702 for various philanthropic causes
- Recruited 21 men this past year, initiated 20
- Using all phases of LEAD
- Won campus Fraternity of the Year award for five of the past six years
- Highest fraternity GPA on campus
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2016
The Giles Family Makes $10,000 Donation to the Sigma Nu House Corporation of Memphis
Memphis, TN – Jill and Bill Giles, the parents of Chris Giles ’16, have donated $10,000 to the Sigma Nu House Corporation of Memphis. The Sigma Nu House Corporation of Memphis has established a sound business model for the corporation, with the Active Chapter paying a parlor fee to the House Corporation each semester to fund long-term property maintenance, and the Giles Family donation will go directly to capital improvements, including house repairs and renovations.
Rev. C. Allen Cooke ’53
Rev. C. Allen Cooke was born in Memphis to parents H. Brent and Dorothy A. Cooke. He was raised in Memphis and attended Rhodes College, where he was a Rotary Harris Scholar and president of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He went to the Episcopal Divinity School in Boston, dedicating his life to more than 60 years as an Episcopal priest in Tennessee and Alabama. He married Sara Dee Goodloe. Allen loved all people, made friends wherever he went, and ministered to the sick and elderly. A lifelong Vols fan above all else, Allen taught each of his grandchildren his favorite “Go Vols!” cheer. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, and two sons.