Alice M Gaither

 

Alice M Gaither, 87, of Charleston, SC, wife of William "Bill" Gaither Jr., peacefully passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020.

Alice was born on October 6, 1932 in Hamlet, NC, daughter of the late Luther Mudd and Elizabeth B. Pearson Mudd. She graduated from King's Business College in NC, and worked as an office manager in a doctor's office, at a shipping company and in the Dogwood Room Restaurant in the Charlotte Airport.

Alice was active in her church and was the chair of the Pastor Parrish Committee. She played Bridge weekly with friends and enjoyed sewing. She even made her own wedding dress. Alice and Bill had a black cat named Missy and a Cocker Spaniel named Sandy. After retirement Alice and Bill traveled to 49 states by car.

Surviving Alice are her dear husband of 59 years, Bill Gaither; her son, William Gaither (Sheila); her daughter, Elizabeth Gaither Hartsell (Alex); three grandchildren, Elaina Ann Novak of Chesapeake, VA, William Ryan Gaither of Hanahan, SC, and William Alex Hartsell of Charleston, SC.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Irene Crisco of Hamlet, NC, and Felicity Adams of Clover, SC.

A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service. Burial will follow at Live Oak Memorial Gardens.

 

Past President Bruce Gill Leonard 29 Mar 1940 – 28 Oct 2019

Obituary of 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. Continue reading

Julia Ann Gaither Sharp

Sharp, Julia Ann Gaither

May 12, 1934 - February 9, 2020 Julia Ann Gaither Sharp, of Raleigh, died peacefully at William Dunlap Hospice Center in Raleigh, the morning of Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. She was born May 12, 1934, to the late Ralph and Louise Gaither in Harmony. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, L.W. Sharp Jr. Surviving are her brother, Ned Gaither; daughters, Delaine Blinson (Mel), Mary Lou Rhodes (Tim), Carla Brewer (Mark) and Connie Sharp all of Raleigh; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Saint James United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., at the church, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint James UMC, 3808 Saint James Church Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604; or Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Ethel Ilene Montgomery Koger

Ethel Ilene Koger began the final journey of her life on July 17, 2019 when she passed away after a long illness. She was the daughter of Norman L. and Alvena Widiger Montgomery, and was born on the 19th of April, 1925 in Morrison, OK. Most of her life was lived in Oklahoma. She married Robert L. Koger on October 21st, 1951 in Ponca City, OK. They were married by the Rev. Charlie Shedd. Ethel and Robert lived for a while in Arkansas City, KS. In 1955 they moved to Ponca City and have resided there ever since.

Ethel spent her working life in the food service industry, including 21 years at the Ponca City Country Club.

Her lifelong hobby was Genealogy and researching her own family history. She and her sisters took many trips to other states to look through dusty courthouse records and search old cemeteries for family names. Ethel traced two family lines back as far as Charlemagne of France. She was a member of the Jamestowne Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Huguenot Society, Colonial Dames, and John Gaither Descendants. Continue reading

L W Sharp, Jr

Leander Washington (L.W.) Sharp, Jr.

Raleigh

L.W. Sharp, Jr., died peacefully at his residence, early Sunday morning, 12/8/2019, after a brief illness. He was born on March 31, 1929 to the late Leander Washington Sharp, Sr. and Josie Bell Mullis Sharp in Hamptonville, NC.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Julia Ann Gaither Sharp; his daughters, Delaine Blinson (Mel), Mary Lou Rhodes (Tim), Carla Brewer (Mark) and Connie Sharp, all of Raleigh; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday at Saint James United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am–11:00 am prior to the service.

Original obituary was published in The News & Observer on Dec. 9, 2019

Jamestowne 2020

Fall is here (Thank Goodness!) and the 400th anniversary of John Gaither’s arrival in Jamestown, Virginia is fast approaching. Larry Campbell and I looked at various venues to host our 2020 reunion while we were in Williamsburg in July. After discussion with the Board, we selected the Best Western Williamsburg Historic District Hotel. The dates for the reunion are

Thursday, June 4th through Sunday, June 7th, 2020. I am excited to announce that we were able to secure a room rate per night of $135.28 (taxes included). That rate is nearly ½ the amount quoted to us by other facilities. Because of the low cost, we expect our block of rooms to fill up quickly. Make your reservations EARLY! While this hotel is not a destination resort, it has all the amenities - - -pool, fitness center, restaurant, lounge and meeting rooms. Best of all, it has ample parking near your room and is located about one mile from Colonial Williamsburg. It is an easy walk! We will receive a full, hot buffet breakfast with our rooms. You are going to need a full breakfast because you will be busy the remainder of the day! As it stands now, the schedule is as follows: Continue reading

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

The Society of John Gaither Descendants visits Gaither’s at Myrtle Creek Farm

 
 
COVINGTON — Every year since 1984, the Society of John Gaither Descendants has held a special gathering hosted by a different member. This year, Roy Gaither was in charge of planning the event and chose to have the lunch at Gaither’s at Myrtle Creek Farm in Newton County.
A total of 22 members attended, including Clinton Daly from Baltimore, Marilyn Gaither Ray from Leesburg, Virginia, and Steve Beardslee from Seattle.
 
Attendees were given a tour of the Gaither farmhouse as well as the church and other sites on the property.“It is important to know your family history,” said Beardslee. “I remember when my son asked me where do we come from ...That’s when I decided to find out.” 
 
The Society of John Gaither Descendants is a family organization, founded and incorporated in 1984 in Maryland. In most instances, the Gaither family members in America can trace their ancestry back to John Gater I.
John Gater I, born 1599, was the first Gater/Gaither in America, arriving on the ship “George” in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1620, where he appears on the Muster in 1623, sixth on the list under Sir Francis Wyatt, governor, and again in 1636 on the “Assurance” when resettling in Maryland at the invitation of Lord Baltimore.
It is believed Gater’s first wife was named Joan Morley, and they had two children: Elizabeth, born 1632, who married first John Freeman and later Robert Proctor, and John, born 1634, who married Ruth Beard, daughter of Richard and Rachel (Robbins) Beard. The family remained in Maryland until about the time of the Revolutionary War when some members moved south or west.
Next year for the 400th anniversary, the society will have its annual gathering in Jamestown, Virginia.
To learn more about the society, visit www.johngaither.org.
 
Gaither’s at Myrtle Creek Farm, previously known as Gaither’s Plantation, is a Wildlife Management Area and events facility owned by Newton County where a number of festivals and private events take place.
Newton County acquired Gaither’s Plantation in 1996, and there have been several attempts to make it a more marketable events facility. The property is described as one of a few remaining examples of mid-19th to late 20th century farms and cotton plantations in northeast Georgia. On the site are the Gaither house, circa 1855, a church building, a cabin and some barns. Some of the buildings were moved to the site from other parts of the county. There are also two 19th century cemeteries, the Gaither family cemetery and a slave cemetery. 

Hunter Terrell

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.
Roy D. Gaither
 

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Marriage of John Gater and Mary Waters/Walters

The marriage of John Gater and Mary Waters/Walters is recorded in St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, Middlesex, England on 31 Oct 1642. Thanks to Fredric Z Saunders for passing along this information. With the apparent birth date of John II, this would be the marriage of his parents, our ancestors. Research by Nancy Jones and Mary Jane Simpson show John Gater was back in England at this time according to court records.