John Robert "Preacher' Gaither, 67, of Stony Point, NC, passed away 26 January 2012 in Statesville, NC after a long illness. Preacher was born 27 June 1944 in Iredell County, NC to John Milton and Mabel Mae Harris Gaither who preceded him in death. John Robert was disability retired from the manufactured housing industry having worked from sales to administration but still was engaged in several enterprises until the time of his death.
He is survived by daughter Michelle (Greg) Campbell, a son, Jody (Carla) Gaither and their children, Benjamin, Joseph and Carly. He is also survived by two sisters, Jonell (James) Lewis and Martha Ann York, and a brother James Thomas (Sue) Gaither all of Iredell County. Preacher and his parents were longtime members as are his siblings. He always made an extra effort to attend the Annual Meetings no matter how far.