Bruce Gill Leonard

Bruce Gill Leonard was born on March 29, 1940, in Catawba, NC, to C. T. and Genevieve Leonard. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, James, Joe and Phillip. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janie Sigmon Leonard, and their children, Alaric Leonard, Lisa Carlay and Andrew (Angie) Leonard. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren, Casey, Nicholas, Reid, and Evan.

After graduating from Duke University in 1961 with a BS degree in Civil Engineering, Bruce was employed by Harland Bartholomew & Assoc, in Memphis, TN. Then he was transferred to Raleigh where he continued until he was hired by Kimley-Horn & Assoc, where he remained until his retirement is 2005. During his 45-year career, he was responsible for the preparation of construction plans for Interstate and State highways, city streets, traffic operation analyses, and parking analyses in many states.

As a creative and responsive designer, he often worked long hours to meet or exceed professional standards, deadlines and client expectations. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in several states including NC, SC, TN, and VA. He also served as an elected officer in several state and /or regional professional organizations, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Bruce was a loyal Duke fan and supporter and enjoyed reading, bird watching, studying genealogy, working puzzles, and photography. He was a member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church for 54 years where he was member of the original Bob King Fellowship Class, Methodist Men, and A Few Good Men.

A memorial service will be held in Catawba County, NC at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601) or Transitions Lifecare (250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607

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. Continue reading

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.

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

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