Mrs. Helen Louise Ridgely Gaither

Helen Louise Ridgely Gaither, age 93 of Manchester and formerly of Sykesville, died Friday, August 31, 2018 at home. Born March 30, 1925 in Carroll County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Chapman Ridgely and the late Irene Adele Harris Ridgely. She was the wife of the late Charles William Gaither.
Helen had been an artist for many years. She taught both art and home economics at Sykesville High School and Sykesville Middle School. She loved gardening, painting and researching genealogy. She was a member of the Carroll County Historical Society, Carroll County Genealogical Society and Carroll County Arts Council. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sykesville.
Surviving are son Charles Ridgely Gaither and his wife Kathy, daughters Susan Irene Gaither and her companion Albert Hymiller, and Judith Gaither Brandt and her husband John, grandchildren Charles Allen Gaither, Amy Marie Gragg, and Tommy Young, and great grandchildren Jacob and Caleb Gragg, Andrew and Sarah Gaither, and Willow Young.
She was predeceased by her brother James Monroe Ridgely.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Rd., Sykesville with Rev. Doug Tzan officiating. Inurnment in Springfield Cemetery. 

James Melford ” Jimmy” Gaither, Jr.

Our beloved Jimmy peacefully left this earth early morning on February 26, 2020. His love of life began November 18, 1942 in Fayetteville, NC and then moved to Hickory with his parents as a baby. Graduating from Hickory High School in 1961, he was voted Most Likely to Succeed, Most Versatile and was a member of Student Council, the Key Club, Inter-Club Advisory President as well as in 11 other clubs, even the Garden Club! His family would tease him about being President of the club they hadn’t made up yet. Continue reading

Linda Sue VanHoy Gaither

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Linda Sue VanHoy Gaither, 79, of Olin, N.C., passed away Friday, January 21, 2022, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Sue was born February 21, 1942, in Mecklenburg County to the late Aquila Young VanHoy and Anna Lou Gregory VanHoy. She was a 1960 graduate of Union Grove High School. Sue later graduated from Draughon’s Business School in Winston-Salem and worked in banking for a number of years. On November 10, 1962, she married James Thomas “Tommy” Gaither and still enjoyed going dancing with him. They also enjoyed traveling together and had visited 49 of the 50 states. She was a lifelong member of Union Grove United Methodist Church, where she was active in numerous ministries over the years. Sue was a talented gardener, loved to study genealogy and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving and wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Continue reading

Bradley Scott Gaither

Bradley Scott Gaither, 53, of Harmony, left this earth to be with his heavenly Father, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Bradley was born Feb. 16, 1968, in Iredell County, to the late Roy Alexander Gaither Sr. and Mary Templeton Gaither. He was a graduate of North Iredell High School in 1986, and earned an associate in applied science from Randolph Technical College in floral design and commercial horticulture in 1988. He held a management position with Dollar Tree for over 28 years.

Bradley was preceded in death by brother, Roy Alexander Gaither Jr.; sister, Mary Frances Gaither Logan Rupard; companion, Todd E. Bunton; brothers-in-law, E. Lamar Jordan, Edgar P. Logan, and Jerry Rupard; nephew, Brian K. Jordan; niece, Terina J. Gaither; a great-great-niece and -nephew.

Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Flora A. Gaither Jordan; sister-in-law, Jane O'Neal Gaither; nieces, Marie S. Jordan (Travis), and Melanie D. Gaither Chatham (Jason); nephew, Z. Milton Gaither (Jennifer); six great-nieces; four great-nephews; two great-great-nieces; eight great-great-nephews; and many cousins and family friends.

A private memorial will be held in his honor at a later date.

Bradley and his sister, Flora Jordan,  ran the SJGD Store for many years.

Major Robert C Godfrey

On the morning of Columbus Day, 12 October 2021, Major Robert (Bob) C. Godfrey, USMC (Retired) quietly passed away in his longtime home of Gulf Breeze in the presence of his loving family.

Bob was born 24 June 1935 in Charlotte, NC to Ernest C. Godfrey and Thelma Inez Gaither.

He graduated from high school then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 22 July 1952. His career as a Mustang Marine spanned over 28 years when he retired on 1 September 1980. He specialized in Motor Transportation and Logistics Coordination via land, air, and sea with the Navy, Army, and Air Force. His assignments covered the globe throughout the United States, Atlantic and Pacific theaters and specifically in Okinawa and Vietnam. Continue reading

Sylvia Stroud Smith


Sylvia Stroud Smith died in Winston-Salem, NC, on September 12th, 2021, after a life filled with travel, adventure, love, friendship and music. Born at home in Calahaln Township, Davie County, North Carolina, on April 6, 1939, she was the oldest child of Wade Burdette Stroud and Beulah Mae York Stroud. She graduated from Davie County High School in May, 1957, a member of the first graduating class. On June 1, 1957, she married Jerry Julian Smith, her high school sweetheart, moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they lived while he finished his degree at the University of North Carolina. Upon graduation, Jerry received his commission with the U.S. Air Force, and the couple embarked upon a great adventure, living at Malden AFB, Missouri; Laredo AFB, Texas; Castle AFB, Merced, California; Kelly Field AFB, Continue reading

Arthur Eugene Gaither

Arthur Eugene Gaither, 86, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Funeral service for Mr. Gaither will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Munford Church of Christ. Visitation will be on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Usrey Funeral Home from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Rusty Stephens will officiate the service.

Arthur was a native and resident of Talladega since 1989. Mr. Gaither was a member of Munford Church of Christ. He retired from CSX Railroad. Mr. Gaither is survived by his wife, Julia Haynes Gaither; daughter, Genie Jones (Richard); two brothers, Larry Gaither and Donald Gaither.

William Howard Gaither

William Howard Gather was born July 14, 1929 in Roosevelt, Oklahoma to William Bee Gather and Mary Viola Mitchell Gather and went to be with his heavenly Father Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 27 days, just a few days shy of his 92nd birthday.

Growing up during the depression years in rural Cooperton/Roosevelt, Oklahoma area, he learned out of necessity to work with many skills in a lot of areas. His lifelong ethic of hard work started at this very early age. He developed at an young age a strong love for fishing and hunting which he was able to enjoy through most of his life. Continue reading

Roy Dean Gaither, Sr.

Roy Dean Gaither, Sr., 83, of Plant City, Florida, moved to his eternal home on April 10, 2021. He was born in Sikeston, Missouri on July 29, 1937, and moved to Florida in 1938. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and worked 27 years at Peace River Center in Bartow where he retired as Executive Director in 1998. He enjoyed construction work, travel, and socializing with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gynelle; children, Roy D. Gaither Jr. (Gayle), Cheryl Carlisle, and Connie Lucas; brother, Wyndell Gaither; sister, Patsy Martin; grandsons, Matthew Carlisle, Brad Carlisle, A.J. Gaither, and David Gaither; 8 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy C. and Mary Gaither; siblings, Vivian, Ina Bremer, and twin Ray G. A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 15 at 11:00 A.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 S County Road 39, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 A.M. Graveside committal to follow at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens, Brandon. For those unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed at Facebook.com/HopewellFuneral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice at https://lifepathhospice.chaptershealth.org or with a check payable to Chapters Health Foundation to 3010 W. Azeele Street, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33609. Expressions of condolence at HopewellFuneral.com.  

Kent B Stewart

Our beloved brother, uncle, and friend Kent B. Stewart passed away peacefully on June 17, 2020. Kent was born in Ogden, Utah, September 27, 1938 to Reed Wayment Stewart and Edna Helen Burton Stewart. He was raised in Warren, Utah on a farm. He graduated from Weber High School in 1956 and then from the University of Utah in 1963 with a degree in Physics. He was a member of the Army National Guard for 6 years. Kent worked at Thiokol and helped to develop the first stage Minuteman-I missile. In 1963, Kent moved to Richland, Washington and worked for General Electric at the Hanford Atomic Energy site in a reactor physics group. This had been his goal since the sixth grade. He then worked for University Computing. In 1981, Kent began working as a computer programmer for Exxon Nuclear which became Siemens Nuclear Fuel, and retired on October 31, 1997. Kent served as a volunteer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center for over 20 years, where he kept the computers working and up to date, and he became an accomplished genealogist and family history researcher. He communicated with many people worldwide via the internet and helped them to learn and improve their English. Kent was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Bryce B. Stewart. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, Beverly Stewart, his nephews, Michael (Kimberley), Gregory (Meghan), Robert, and Christopher Stewart , Sandra Silva and her family, his extended family, and his many colleagues and friends. Graveside services to be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Friday, June 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m.