Sandra Gaither Knott

Sandra Gaither Knott,Jeffersonville - Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church, 1840 E. 8th Street, Jeffersonville. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 PM on Friday, November 29, 2019 at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville.

Sandra Gaither Knott passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of November 24, 2019. Continue reading

Jetty Lou Wood Tucker

Jetty L. Wood Tucker, of Greensboro, 99, passed away at her residence on January 10, 2023, four days shy of her 100th birthday, following a brief illness. Service information will be published shortly.

Jetty was born on January 14, 2023, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Harry and Eula Gaither Wood, both who predeceased her. She attended James A. Gray High School, where she was editor of the blue and gray annual, and in the National Honor Society, and graduated as salutatorian. She then went to nursing school at City Continue reading

Margaret Ann Cartner Shew

MOCKSVILLE – Margaret Ann Cartner Shew, of Mocksville, entered the gates of heaven on Friday, January 6, 2023.

Margaret was born the oldest of six children on December 15, 1933, to Claude Wilson and Louise Gaither Cartner. She was the oldest grandchild on both the Gaither and Cartner sides of her family. This birth position, along with being raised by a strong mother, prepared her for the destiny of serving in the matriarchal role of her family for many years. Continue reading

Dr. Herbert Gaither

Dr. Herbert Gaither, 86, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022 at his home. He was born and raised in Cumberland, MD, the son of the late Frank Preston and Elizabeth (McNeil) Gaither. He was a graduate of Allegany High School, Dickinson College, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he was president of Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity. Following a rotating internship at Harrisburg Hospital, he served two years in the U.S. Air Force as a captain and general medical officer. After a three-year Internal Medicine residency at Harrisburg Hospital and two years medical practice, he was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Gaither practiced medicine for over 30 years in the Harrisburg/Camp Hill area. He was past president of the Harrisburg Hospital Medical Staff, and a board member of both Continue reading

Alonzo “Jake” Gaither

Alonzo Smith "Jake" Gaither
(April 11, 1903 – February 18, 1994)

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Alonzo "Jake" Gaither was an American football coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Florida A&M University (FAMU) for 25 years, from 1945 to 1969, compiling a record of 204–36–4. His won–loss record is among the best of any college football coach.

Gaither was born in 1903 in Dayton, Tennessee. His father was a preacher, and as a youth Gaither expected to also become a preacher. He graduated from Knoxville College, where he played football as an end in 1927. Gaither's father died around that time, and Gaither became a high school football coach to help support his family. Gaither later completed a master's degree at Ohio State University in 1937.

Gaither went to work as an assistant to head coach William M. Bell at Florida A&M College for Negroes (as it was called then) in 1937. The FAMC Rattlers had an undefeated (8–0) season that year, and won their first black college football national championship. The school won the national title again in 1942. Bell left to enter military service in 1943. After two years of problems in the football program, Gaither was hired as the head football coach for Florida A&M College in 1945. One story is that the president of the college could not find anyone else to take the job.

Gaither worked very hard to motivate his players. He would say, "I like my boys to be agile, mobile, and hostile." It is reported that he would hide an onion in his handkerchief to work up tears in his pre-game pep talks. He built up an effective recruiting network; in the days of Jim Crow, he had the pick of every good black high school player in Florida. Indeed, by the 1960s did not even bother to recruit players from outside the state.

Gaither instituted an annual coaching clinic at FAMU in the late 1950s. He recruited major college coaches, including Paul "Bear" Bryant, Frank Broyles, Darrell Royal, Woody Hayes and Adolph Rupp, among others, to staff the clinics.

Gaither introduced the Split-T formation in 1963, and it was soon adopted at other colleges. In 1969 Florida A&M defeated the Spartans of the University of Tampa, 34–28, in the South's first football game between a white college and a historically black college.

Gaither also coached basketball and track in his early years as football coach. He later became Director of Athletics and Chairman of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at FAMU. He continued to hold the last two positions after he retired as coach until his retirement from teaching in 1973.

When Gaither retired from coaching in 1969, his Florida A&M teams had a 204–36–4 record, for a .844 winning percentage. Thirty-six players from Gaither's teams were All-Americans, and 42 went on to play in the National Football League (NFL). Gaither was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Decade. He was named College Division Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 1962, and was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. He also received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award that year, and the Walter Camp Man of the Year award in 1974. The Jake Gaither Trophy has been awarded to the best Black collegiate football player each year since 1978. The Jake Gaither Gymnasium is located on the FAMU campus.

Gaither died in Tallahassee, Florida in 1994. The Jake Gaither House where he lived is now a cultural center.

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EDWARD T. GAITHER

EDWARD T. GAITHER, grocer and provision dealer, located on North Main Street, Carthage Mo., was born in 1831. His father’s name was Silas, and his mother’s maiden name Elizabeth Campbell. Edward T. Gaither was reared principally in Franklin county, Missouri, his father’s family moving there in 1838. He was brought up on a farm, and has lived on one more or less ever since, although teaching school some fourteen years. He served four years in the Confederate army in the trans-Mississippi department, under General Marmaduke. In 1879 he came to Carthage, Missouri, where he has since been in the mercantile business. In March, 1882, he and his partner, Mr. Quinn, opened the grocery, provision, and feed store where they are now in business. They have a large and complete stock in their line, and are surpassing their most sanguine expectations. Mr. Gaither owns a finely improved farm, and it is regarded as one of the best in this region of the country. He was married April 8, 1866, to Sarah J. Rickner, of Jasper county, Missouri, whose father was one of the first settlers of the county, who died in 1861. They have six children living and one deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Gaither are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Gaither is to be commended for his business success, and commands the respect of the community generally

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting/Reunion will be held this Saturday in Statesville, NC. For those wishing to attend in person and those who would like to join us by Zoom, please contact Larry Campbell at soupcan5@yadtel.net before Friday  evening. The education portion will be on the first three John Gaithers.

2022 Reunion Schedule

Our Statesville, NC reunion is fast approaching!  The schedule for the meeting is as follows;

Friday, 4 PM     Meet and greet at the meeting room in the hotel.  Supper will be on your own with Outback and Village Inn Pizza within sight.

Saturday 10 AM   Our program on John Gater I by Nancy Jones and Mary Jane Simpson

Saturday 2 PM Business Meeting

We will attempt to zoom the program and the business meeting. If you would like to try with us, email Larry Campbell (soupcan5@yadtel.net) to get an invitation. Also, if there is enough interest for a Friday morning tour of the Gaither sites and other points of interest, contact the same Larry Campbell.

Joan Bernardine Beasley Gibala

Joan Bernardine Beasley Gibala, a longtime Beltsville resident, passed away peacefully at her home on August 1, 2021, just a few weeks after learning of a cancer diagnosis.

Born in 1943, Joan was raised in Washington, D.C.  She graduated from Anacostia High School and completed higher education at Keene State College in Keene, NH, where she spent summers with her beloved grandparents.  In winter months, automobile ice racing was a favorite pastime. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Continue reading

Nan Nette Gaither Todd

Nan Nette Gaither Todd, 67, of Tallassee, AL, passed away peacefully in her sleep July 18, 2020. She was born November 5, 1952. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Linville Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Will Dismukes officiating. Nan is survived by her husband, Norman Todd; daughters, Jennifer Sterling Holton (Kris) and Kristi Todd; sons, Kelly Emfinger (Patty) and Buddy Todd; brothers, Rodger Gaither and Bob Brown; grandchildren, Jazmine and Hunter Holton, Micah, Brendan, and Caitlin Emfinger, Hunter Griggs, Layla Todd, Mason Meeks, and Ben and Caroline Barnett; cousins, Tonya Rogers (Trey), Andy Bodenheimer (Julie) and Carol Wiggins; and lifelong sisters, Diane Vickers Reed and Carole Nichols. Nan is preceded in death by her loving parents, Herman Gaither and Florence Cantrell Gaither. Nan was a graduate of Tallassee High School Class of 1971 and went on to graduate from John Patterson State Technical School of Nursing in 1983 as an LPN. She worked in nursing until she retired. Nan was an avid University of Alabama football fan, loving everything Crimson Tide. Nan was a loving wife of 25 years to Norman, her soulmate. She was a loving mother to all of her kids and she loved bragging about and spoiling her grandkids. Nan was very active in the Order of the Confederate Rose and in preservation of records of the Mt. Vernon Mills in Tallassee. Nan enjoyed re-enacting at the Battles for the Armory, genealogy, ancestry, and going to flea markets and antiques stores. all she loved family. She took care of everyone. She loved everyone and considered them family. Nan was a blessing who was loved and will be missed greatly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Talisi Historical Preservation Society, P. O. Box 780022, Tallassee, AL 36078. Online condolences at www.linvillememorial.com.