Sara Rachel Cole Gaither

Rachel (Cole) Gaither(1935 - 2018)
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Rachel Cole Gaither, born November 29th, 1935, was reunited with her beloved husband and best friend, Dr. James "Jim" Gaither, this Saturday, the 25th of August. Rachel and Jim were inseparable in life and throughout their 57 years of marriage they both shared a passion for serving the medical and health needs of the people of Catawba County. The health and welfare of the people of Catawba County was much more than a chosen vocation. It was truly a mission to which they mutually dedicated their lives.

Rachel Gaither received her Physical Therapy degree at Washington University in St. Louis where she first met Jim. They were introduced by mutual friends as the only two students from "the Carolinas". Rachel was one of the first women to matriculate at Clemson University where she began her studies. Although small in stature, Rachel Gaither was strong in spirit and determination. She was born in the small town of Great Falls, South Carolina, and her mother, Margaret Henderson Cole, pushed both her and her older sister, Joyce, to ignore the stereotypes of the 50's and set goals of professional working women.

Rachel Gaither brought her determination to Catawba County, and she was an early proponent of "wellness" programs. She visited numerous factories in the area in the furniture and textile industry and urged owners and managers to increase their focus on the health and welfare of their workers. She was very concerned about the effects of smoking, and she convinced area industrialist that the health and welfare of their workers was both a moral and financial concern.

Rachel Gaither was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Jim Gaither, on January 15th, 2017, and her devoted grandson, Mathew Cole Gaither, on August 14th, 2014. She is survived by her three children and their families. Son, Cole Alexander and wife Anita, their children, Zachary Alexander, Jordan Gaither Willis and her husband, Dr. Blake Willis, and Benjamin Richard; Son, James Comer, Jr.,wife Elizabeth and their children Amelia Wyant, Andrew Proctor, William Worth and James Nicholas; daughter, R. Leigh Gaither and husband, Major Karl P. Maier, U.S. Army, , and their children, Patrick Kenneth, Jacob Comer and Clancy Alexandra.

Rachel and Jim, reunited in the Spirit of our Lord, Jesus Christ, leave behind a legacy of love and caring for their family and friends, the medical community of Catawba County and the generations of those for whom they cared for

Annual Meeting

The Society of John Gaither Descendants
Annual Meeting/Reunion
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
June 20-23, 2019
Time to make your plans
Arrangements have been made at The Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, Stone Mountain Park Georgia, for June 20-23, 2019. A special room rate of $160.00 plus state and local taxes (currently 16%) and a $5.00 Georgia Hotel/Motel fee per night has been locked in for all Society Members. Rooms are standard rooms either 1 king or 2 double beds.
Stone Mountain Park enforces a $20.00 per car entrance fee to enter the park. A reduced rate of $4.00 per person plus 8% tax is are added to your room. All attendees are to let the park gate know that you are attending The Society of John Gaither Reunion at the Evergreen Marriott for entrance. At check in you will receive a temporary pass to come and go as you please.
To make your hotel reservations please go to https://book.passkey.com/e/49859385. Reservations can also be made at calling the Resort at 1-770-879-9900 or by calling Marriott directly at 1-888-670-2250. Be sure to tell them you are with The Society of John Gaither Descendants. Marriott Bonvoy (formally Marriott Rewards) members could receive additional savings including free wi-fi. If you are not a member check out www.marriott.com/loyalty.mi for more information.

Tina Marie Gaither

On February 12, 2019, the Angels in Heaven called Tina Marie Gaither home. At the young age of 33, she crossed over to be with her dad. She was born on August 14, 1985 at Forsyth Hospital, on a day when greatness was thrust upon the world. Tina was a social butterfly, with a heart of gold and full of cheer, who never met a stranger. She always stood out from the crowd, and was known by her friends and family by many names: Tuna Fish, Frenchy, Wiener, and Tiener Wiener. Tina loved to shop, spend time with family and friends, and cuddle with her fur babies Oreo (dog) and Boogie (cat). Shortly after graduating from UNCG with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, she started a career as a social worker at River Landing. As Tina reunites with her father, Randall Clay Gaither, she is survived by her mother, Teresa Gaither, and her sisters, Krystal Gaither, Angela Koenig (Leo), Shannon Gaither, Nancy Bellous, and Amanda Fulp. Her two nephews, Sean and Ason, and her niece Jordan, as well as, her many aunts, uncles, and cousins will miss her dearly. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 17 at River Landing at Sandy Ridge 1575 John Knox Dr, Colfax, NC 27235. . In lieu of flowers, they request that memorials be considered for American Heart Association, P.O. Box 744806, Atlanta, GA 30374-4806.

Lineage: Tina Marie, Randall Clay, Gurney Clay, William Lucian, Francis Marion, Noah, Zachariah, Benjamin, John IV, John III, John II, John

Cecil “Michael” Gaither

Michael Gaither was born 14 Mar 1945 in Elmore County Alabama to Cecil Spencer and Lucy Vines Gaither. He was a veteran of the US Army Military Police Corp retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. A life member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Chaplain of the William T Carlton Masonic Lodge, he and his dog "Honey" were co-founders of " Kids for K9's".
Michael passed away 24 Aug 2018 just five months after his partner, "Honey". He is survived by his wife Kaye.

Looking For Parentage of John Jefferson Gaither

I am trying to prove/disprove the father of John Jefferson Gaither, born 24 Aug 1839 in Huntsville, AL.Circumstantial evidence shows he's probably William C*, son of Deli and Jane Gaither. Deli and Jane's children are:1) Thomas - married Lucinda, 2)Sophia, 3)Sarah (Sally) - married Moses McElhaney, 4) *William C - possibly married Margarett, 5) Nancy - married Thomas Neisbit, 6) Mahala - married Lacey Digh (Dye), 7) Bennett, 8) Richard G - married Matilda Thompson, 9) John - married Emaline Edna Burton

Family stories from several older generations of his family (all passed now) have given us the following information: John J's father was named William, and was probably from the Carolinas. (William, son of Deli Gaither was indeed in South Carolina, from at least 1790 to 1800.) Continue reading

Obituary – Mary Elizabeth Gaither

Mary Elizabeth Gaither was born in Alton, Indiana on May 1, 1917 to Cleo V. Gaither and Eva McClain Gaither. She died on May 4, 2018, at the age of 101. She moved to Louisville, Kentucky at age four. She was educated in the Louisville public school system and graduated from the University of Louisville in 1938. She taught high school English in the Louisville public schools for five years before enlisting, over her father's objection, in the WAVES, the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve. She recalled that he responded by saying that, "at least she had joined the Navy and not the Army". She served in World War II from 1943-1946 as Ensign and Lieutenant. She was assigned to the Pentagon, where she served as Top Secret Control Officer and Continue reading

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

 

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