Obituary – Herbert Matthew Gaither

Herbert Matthew "Matt" Gaither, 10 Aug 1967 - 17 May 2018, of  Philadelphia and formerly of Camp Hill, passed away in his residence in Philadelphia.

Matt was the owner and Master Drum Maker of G Drums, Philadelphia. He was a graduate of Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill, attended Kutztown University and was a graduate of Temple University, Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. He loved music and his two cats, Lady Bug and Velvet.

Matt was born in Harrisburg, the son of Dr. Herbert Gaither, MD and Kathryn (Eiler) Gaither of Camp Hill.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother Frederic Preston "Chip" Gaither of Mechanicsburg.

 

Obituary – James Tony Gaither

On August 28, 2018, James Tony Gaither went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jimmy was born in Statesville on March 30, 1943, to James Marvin Gaither and Lois Vickers Gaither, who both proceeded him in death. Jimmy was of the line James Marvin Gaither, John Arthur Ervin Gaither, Richard Friason Gaither, Greenberry Gaither, Greenberry Gaither, John Gaither V, John Gaither IV, John Gaither III, John Gaither II, John Gaither I 

Jimmy was a barber for 47 years and most of those years were spent at Forest Heights Barber Shop, where he was part owner. He was an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman and loved the Atlanta Braves. He was married to Carol Turner Gaither, who proceeded his death. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He is survived by a brother, Larry Gaither of Texas. Also surviving are his three children, Michael Gaither (Crystal) of Michigan, daughter Kimberly Gaither of Maine, and son Richard Gaither (Ingrid) of Maine. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jamie and Katie Gaither of Michigan, Casey Gaither and James S. Gaither of Maine, and step-grandchildren Ryan and Julie Wilson of Michigan. 

The family wishes to acknowledge two special friends, Benny Duncan and a special stepdaughter, Debbie Hall, who were both loving caretakers during his battle with cancer.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Talmadge Hollar, Rev. James Moore, and Rev. Benny Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends at the church prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m

 

Researching Gaithers in Georgia?

For those of you interested in researching Gaithers in Georgia, The Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a great site with a lot to offer. The newspapers are digitized and fully searchable.

The Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), a part of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia Libraries. The archive is free and open for public use and includes over one million Georgia newspaper pages between 1786 and 1986.

The following are a few examples of what you can find.

From the Southern Recorder. (Milledgeville, Ga.) 1820-1872, February 17, 1846

WILL BE SOLD, on the first Tuesday in March next, in the town of Eatonton, 400 acres ofl and, more or less—being the place whereon the late Mrs. Elizabeth  Gaither resided,on a credit of one,two, three and four years. Notes, with undoubted security, will be required.Sold in pursuance of the last will and testament of
Brice Gaither, deceased, for the benefit of their heirs.
GREENBURY GAITHER, HENRY GAITHER  Executors

WILL BE SOLD, on the 26th of February next at the late residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Gaither,near Eatonton. about a hundred barrels of corn, together with Fodder, Oats, Bacon, Lard, Horses,Mules, Cattle, Hogs, Sheep, a close Carriage, Barouche,
Wagon, household and kitchen furniture, and a variety of other articles belonging to
the estate of Brice Gaither, deceased. Terms on the day of sale. Sale to continue from day to day until all is sold.
GREENBURY GAITHER, HENRY GAITHER, Executors
Jan. 20, 1845

From the The Dublin post. (Dublin, Ga.) 1878-1894, April 09, 1879

The length of a pig's tail led to a murder in Madison county, N. C.,
last. Thursday. Two farmers, named Norton and Gaither, disputed concerning
the length of the tail of a pig which they were examining.
Norton gave Gaither the lie, whereupon Gaither told Norton to get
ready for a deadly fight, Both men drew their revolvers almost simultaneously.
Gaither was fatally wounded and Norton lost a thumb. The
point as to which of the two men was right in regard to the length of
the pig's tail remains undecided.

The Georgia Journal. (Milledgeville, Ga.) 1809-1847, July 14, 1835,

DIED—In Newton county, on the night of the 25th . Greenbury, youngest child of Dr. Henry and Mrs. Sarah Gaither, aged 13 months and 9 days: Parental affection could not but weep, when the 'tendered of human ties was rending. But the struggle is over—the
infant is gone,and the voice of its Redeemer, crying, "Suffer little children to come unto me forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven," inspires confidence,
and peace, and heavenly resiguation.

Go to the following website to begin your search. https://gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu

Happy Hunting

 

Obituary – Olen Dean Gaither

Olen Dean Gaither, 93, entered the heavenly realm on August 3, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born on March 29, 1925, in Midlothian, Texas, to the late Carl B. Gaither and Mollie Dean Curtis Gaither. Olen was the grandson of Robert W. Bumpus Gaither in the Gaither line of John Simonton, Martin, Burgess, Edward, Benjamin, John II, and John Gater.

From 1944-1946, O.D. proudly served in the U. S. Navy on the U.S.S. Wesson in the pacific during World War II. In 1946 he met and married Frances LaTreece Taylor of Waxahachie. Many friends and family attended the celebration honoring the 70th Anniversary of their marriage on December 21, 2016. The Gaithers are members of Eastridge Baptist Church of Red Oak. O.D. worked for the Continue reading

Obituary – Ralph Fred Thisted

Just as peacefully and quiet as he lived, Ralph Fred Thisted, 91, of the Ninemile Valley, Montana, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, of natural causes, at home, with his wife and family members by his side.  Ralph is the husband of longtime member Betty Gaither Thisted.

Ralph was born Nov. 12, 1925, to Fred and Claudia Thisted in a small cabin on Birch Creek, near Valier, located on the Blackfeet Reservation. The family ran several bands of sheep while living on Birch Creek, enjoying life there until it was time for Ralph to enter first grade. The severe winter weather did not allow him to ride his horse the 4 miles to the one room schoolhouse, so the family moved to Raynsford, a small community near Great Falls, a whistle stop on the railroad, where the family raised a few cattle, did some farming, and were able to board their children with a family to attend school in Great Falls. Drought conditions prevailed in the Raynsford area the next few years, which prompted the Thisteds to begin their search for another place to farm and ranch — a place where there was abundant water. Ralph remembers the comments his mother made in 1937 after visiting the for sale ranch in the Ninemile, "we have found just the place, there is plenty of running water in the house and indoors plumbing." And so the ranch was purchased and to the Ninemile the family moved in 1938. Ralph attended school in Alberton and following graduation in 1944 he was drafted into the United States Army serving in the Pacific Theater as part of the occupational forces stationed in Kyoto, Japan. In November 1946 he received an Honorable Discharge from the Army. Continue reading

It’s time to sign-up for the 2018 Gaither Reunion!

Mike and I look forward to celebrating the roots of our Gaither heritage with you. We have many stories to share about the first generations of Gaithers as we visit the very places those events occurred almost 400 years ago! What a wonderful way to commemorate our Society's 35th anniversary. Historic Annapolis is the perfect setting for our celebration. Here are a few pictures I took the other day, on my morning walk, to give you an idea of the fun in store. Hope to see you at the Reunion!

Nancy Jones - 2018 Reunion Host

Obituary – Catherine Osborne Gaither

Catherine Osborne Gaither, 94, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018. Catherine was born in Rowan County on June 29, 1923 to Robert Charlie Osborne and Merlie Safley Osborne. She married Willie Lemuel Gaither, son of James Martin Gaither, grandson of John Martin Gaither and in the line of Greenberry, Jeremiah, John V, John IV, John III, John II, and John Gaither I.

She was a homemaker, a member of Midway Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Willie Lemuel Gaither (12/08/2009), a daughter Beverly Lorraine Gaither and a grandson Mickey Durham. Surviving are her sons, Tony Gaither (Debbie) of Clemmons, Gene Gaither (Brenda) of East Bend, Mike Gaither (Debbie) of Winston-Salem; daughters, Irene Durham of Mocksville, Gerry Hartsell of Winston-Salem, Colleen Hunt (Winfred) of Winston-Salem, Nell Benoist of Reeds, Winona Gaither of Winston-Salem, Elaine Richardson of Lexington, Faye Gaither of Lexington; sisters, Blanche Misenheimer of Salisbury, Frances Ennis of Newton, Juanita Guessford of Salisbury; 32 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren.

Obituary – Elizabeth Koontz Woodward

Elizabeth “Lib” Koontz Woodward, 87, formerly of Country Lane, Mocksville, North Carolina died Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born March 11, 1930, in Davie County to Marshall Wilson and Laura Hesseltine Campbell Koontz.  Lib was the grand-daughter of Mary Ellen Gaither, great-granddaughter of George Washington Gaither, in the Gaither line of Basil E, Walter, Basil, Edward, Benjamin, John II, and John Gaither I.

Mrs. Woodward was a member of First Baptist Church of Mocksville where she was very active as long as she was able. She was a member of the Mocksville Garden Club and loved to cook for her family and friends.

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