Obituary – Roy Alexander Gaither, Jr.

Alex-Gaither-119x150Roy Alexander “Alex” Gaither, Jr., 65, of Harmony, passed away Thursday, November 6. 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House. He was born in Iredell County on August 4, 1949 to the late Roy Alexander Gaither, Sr. and Mary Templeton Gaither, who survives.  Roy Jr.'s line is Roy, Sr.; Alexander Milton; Noah Spurgeon; Milton; Zachariah; Benjamin III; John IV; John III; John II, and John Gater.

Alex attended Harmony School and North Iredell High School. On January 11, 1974, he married Jane O’Neal and they had over 40 years of marriage before his passing. He was a member of Clarksbury United Methodist Church and was self-employed as a farmer. He was a member of the V-Point Ruritan Club and enjoyed all outdoor activities especially if they were with his family.

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Obituary – Allan Reese “Sully” Sullivan

Allan Reese "Sully" Sullivan. Sully was born July 30, 1946 in Miami, Oklahoma. He was the only child of Guy and Jean Millsap Sullivan. He received his Last Commanders Call August 7, 2014, from Agent Orange related illnesses, including lung cancer. Sully was united in marriage with Linda Coons on April 14, 1973 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Surviving is his wife, Linda; his Red Patch family; a cousin, Jim Sullivan of Kansas City, Kansas; and extended family members of the Springfield and Mt. Vernon, Missouri area. Allan is the son of Guy Sullivan and Joanna Ophelia "Jean" Millsap. Jean Millsap is the daughter of George Conway Millsap and Hannah Mae Rose. George Millsap is the son of Reese Thomas Millsap and Alameda Gaither,born April 22,1856 in Mt Vernon, Missouri. Alameda is the daughter of Continue reading

Obituary – Anita Joan York

Anita-York-109x150Anita Joan York, 49, of Statesville, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. She was born in Iredell County on August 17, 1964 to Duke Lincoln York and Martha Ann Gaither York, both of Statesville.

Anita was a graduate of Starmount High School and was a member of Horizon Church. She was loved and cared for by her parents and sisters. Her life was difficult at times but she was always surrounded by love. Her smile will be missed by all that knew her. Continue reading

Obituary – Jerry Stephen Swiggett


Jerry Stephen Swiggett, 57, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Jerry was born on May 27, 1956 in Kinston, NC, the son of Henry G. and Alice Marie Whitehurst Swiggett. He grew up in Danville, VA with his family and graduated from George Washington High School with the class of 1974. He graduated from Guilford College with a BA in Accounting and later graduated with a BS Degree in Nursing from Winston Salem State University.
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Obituary – Fannie Lillian Gaither, née Frick

Mrs. Fannie Lillian Frick Gaither, 107, of Granite Quarry, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury. She was born Oct. 25, 1906, in Rowan County to the late Jones and Emma Eagle Frick.Fannie Gaither

She was married to Jehu Gaither, the son of William Henry Gaither, Grandson of Elijah Gaither, great-grandson of Zacariah, and great-great grandson of Benjamin.

Mrs. Gaither attended Rowan County Schools and Misenheimer Missionary College, now Pfeiffer University, where she had the distinct honor of being the eldest surviving alumnus. A member of Shiloh United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School and was a member of the women's group. Mrs. Gaither was a faithful Christian woman, who loved people and was extremely devoted to her Lord and family. She enjoyed vacationing with her family, fishing, gardening and flowers. Continue reading

Obituary – Belle Cox, née Stroud

Mrs. Belle Stroud Cox, age 95, passed away Tuesday, January 2nd, 2013. She was born in High Point, North Carolina to Jenny Gaither and W.D. Stroud on November 22, 1918. Mrs. Cox worked at Western Electric for 30 years and was a member of Maple Springs United Methodist church for over 70 years.Belle Cox

Belle was the daughter of Jenny Gaither Stroud, who was the daughter of William Henry Gaither,who was the son of Elijah Gaither. Her father was W.D. Stroud, who was the son of Sarah Gaither Stroud, who was the daughter of Wiley Gaither.

Belle had been a resident at Arbor Acres for the last 25 years. Mrs. Cox especially enjoyed working in her garden and wintering in Fort Myers with her late husband, Mr. C.C. Cox who passed away in 2002. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law Mr. Marty Bell. Mrs. Cox is survived by her two daughters, Jeanette Bell, of Raleigh, NC and Dee Petersen and husband Walt of West Jefferson, one grandson Chris Petersen and wife Amy, and three great-grandchildren, Ben, Sam, and Hannah, three special nieces and nephews, Ann Rhoades, Jim Stroud, and Linda Eriksson. The family would like to thank Mrs. Cox's caregiver Phyllis Curry for the special and loving care that she gave her.

Memorials may be made to Maple Springs UMC Capital Fund, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

Obituary – Rebecca H. Elliot

Becky_Elliott_photo_1967Rebecca H. Elliot, age 88, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel H. Elliott, her parents, George Brown Hill and Hannah Gaither Hill, and her brother, George Brown Hill, Jr. She is survived by a step-daughter, Jeanne Elliott Ruff, and two step-grandchildren, Carter Ruff and Jennifer Ruff Ramburro. Becky was born in Pittsburgh on January 25, 1925. She was a graduate of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and was a Registered Nurse. Becky and Sam married at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on July 20, 1963. Becky was a member of Society of John Gaither Descendants and served on its Board of Directors beginning in 1985.   Continue reading

Obituary – Eva Gaither Thornberry

Eva Gaither Thornberry,age 77, died Monday June 10, 2013 at Baptist Health. Eva was born in Grayson County, KY on August 26, 1935, the only child of Floyd E. and Ruby (Hayse) Gaither, who moved to Louisville in 1939. She was raised in the old Elliott Park Neighborhood and attended F.T. Salisbury Elem.; Western Jr. High and Shawnee High School. She was a member of the old 23rd & Broadway Baptist Church. Eva worked for AT&T, the Louisville Civil Service and the Adams Company. She married her childhood sweetheart, Charlie Thornberry, and lived 50 years in the Prairie Village and Windsor Forest neighborhoods.

Eva was one of the founders of the national organization, The Society of John Gaither Descendants, and served as newsletter editor, historian and treasurer. Continue reading

Obituary – Lawrence Jehu Gaither

Mr. Lawrence Jehu Gaither, 83, of 2801 B Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, North Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Moses Cone Hospital. Larry was born in 1929 in High Point, NC and was a native of Rowan County. He graduated from Elon College in 1952, where he was the Senior Class President and played varsity basketball for four years. After graduating with a degree in Physical Education, he married Reita Continue reading