Obituary – Marie Swiggett

Marie Swiggett, 95, went to her heavenly home on Monday, January 1, 2018, freed from the debilitating effects of dementia. Her sweet smile and disposition will be missed by her family and friends. She was born in Greensboro on May 17, 1922, to Ellen Gaither Swiggett and Henry Grady Swiggett, Sr. and spent the majority of her life in Greensboro until moving to Kaukauna, WI ten years ago for care in an assisted living and dementia center. Marie was the granddaughter of William Henry Gaither, in the Gaither line of William Henry, Elijah, Zachariah, Benjamin, John III, John II, and John I.

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Obituary – John Francis Gaither

John Francis Gaither, 98, of Evansville, Indiana passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born October 26, 1918, in Louisville, KY, to Thomas R. Gaither and Maurice Francis Gaither. John was the grandson of Thomas Richard Gaither in the Gaither line of James Edward, John Richard, Edward Brisco, Greenberry, Edward, Benjamin, John II, and John Gater.

John served on the first Board of Directors of The Society of John Gaither Descendants, and was the third President of the Society. He has the distinction of serving the Society in official positions longer than any other member. The Society will miss his service and dedication.

As a teenager, John was a pilot in the early days of aviation. He graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1941 and was captain of the Fencing Team. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a communication intelligence officer.

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Obituary – Paul Shew

Paul Shew, 89, of Mocksville, N.C., passed from this life Monday, June 26, 2017. He was born March 25, 1928, in Iredell County to the late Mancy and Nora Parker Shew. Paul was the husband of Margaret Ann Cartner Shew, a longtime member of The Society of John Gaither Descendants.

Mr. Shew was a graduate of Harmony High School, Class of 1947. He was drafted into Military Service in 1950, serving in the Company A 175th Military Police Battalion in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Shew attended Barber School in Winston-Salem and began his career at Cooleemee Barber Shop in 1958, and retired in 2009. Continue reading

Obituary – John Burgess Fisher

John Burgess Fisher, 97, of Salisbury, North Carolina passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the NC State Veterans Home. Born September 19, 1919 in Salisbury, he was the son of George A. and Iula Beall Cheely Fisher of Salisbury. John is the grandson of James Burgess Cheely, great-grandson of Mary Elizabeth Virginia Morrison, great-great grandson of Mary S. C. Gaither in the Gaither line of John Gaither IV, John III, John II, and John Gaither I.

A graduate of Boyden High School, Class of 1936, and Catawba College, Class of 1940, as well as a graduate of Rutgers University School of Banking.

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Obituary – Sara Gaither O’Neal

Sara Gaither O'NealSara was born on July 16, 1927 in Charlotte, North Carolina and earned her angel wings on May 23, 2016 surrounded by her three loving children and Jay Mize, who was like a son to her. She was a child of the depression which shaped her entire life and how she loved and cared for her family.  Sara was born to Coite Martin Gaither and Sara Edna Bowers and is in the line of Amos Spurgeon, Thomas Alexander, Asbury, Zachariah, Benjamin III, John IV, John II, and John Gaither.

After graduating from Tech high school in Charlotte, Sara began her business career at Parnell Martin. She married Edward M. O’Neal in April 1950 and moved to Durham. She was a pillar in her church community while her children were growing up. Sara supported her husband and children in all their endeavors.

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Obituary – Joe Walker Gaither, Sr.

Joe Walker GaitherJoe Walker Gaither, Sr., 82, of Huntersville, North Carolina passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, following complications of a stroke. Mr. Gaither was born in Iredell County on November 8, 1933, and was the son of the late Marvin Frederick Gaither and Margaret Morrison Gaither. Joe was the grandson of Marvin Fredrick Gaither in the line of Newton Jasper, Milton, Zachariah, Benjamin III, John IV, John III, and John Gaither.

He grew up in the Wilkesboro Road area of Statesville, and was a graduate of Scotts High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Gaither was Owner and President of Southeastern Exterminating Co., Inc. He had served as a Regional Director of the NC Pest Control Association, was a member of the Duck Creek Gun Club where he served as past president, and also the past chairman of Iredell Friends of the NRA. He loved the outdoors, beings a Sportsman, Collecting and people.

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Obituary – David Alan Crater

David CraterDavid Alan Crater passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Born in Greensboro, NC on July 1, 1957 David was the son of Henry Crater and the late Dorothy Cox Crater. He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and died at Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point, NC.  David was the son of Henry Crater, Grandson of Ruth Gaither Crater Weir, in the Gaither line of William Henry, Elijah, Zachariah, Benjamin, John III, John II, and John I. Continue reading

Obituary – Mary Francis Gaither Logan Rupard

Mary Frances Gaither Logan Rupard, 68, of Harmony, passed away Thursday, June 04, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Iredell County on January 12, 1947 to the late Roy A. Gaither and Mary Templeton Gaither, who survives. Mary's lineage is Roy, Sr.; Alexander Milton; Noah Spurgeon; Milton; Zachariah; Benjamin III; John IV; John III; John II, and John Gater. Continue reading

Obituary – Ida Mae Claiborne

Ida Mae Claiborne, 89, of Joplin, Missouri formerly of Baxter Springs, Kansas, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015, at Joplin National Health Care. She was born January 18, 1926, in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, to William Baker and Lura (Coursey) Gaither. She was united in marriage to Dr. Richard Henry Claiborne III, on June 11, 1949, in Coffeyville, Kansas. Continue reading

Obituary – Marie Burton Long

Marie LongMarie B. Long, 74, of Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Lancaster General Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born August 13, 1940 in Harmony N.C. Marie is the daughter of Mattie Mae Gaither in the line of Robert Franklin Gaither - John Martin Gaither - Greenberry Gaither - Jeremiah Gaither - John Gaither V.

Marie was the wife of Paul E. Long to whom she had been married for 51 years. Previous to moving to Lancaster County, they had resided in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. She enjoyed playing bridge, ballroom dancing, attending theatre and was a member of the Coterie Club, Unwind Dance Club, and the Couples Dance Club. Marie was a longtime member of the Society of John Gaither Descendants and will be missed by all. Continue reading