Austin Dale Gaither


Austin Dale Gaither, 17, of Riverview Road, Lexington passed away Friday June 2, 2023 in Lexington. Austin was born July 30, 2005 to Brandon Dale Gaither and Terri Marie Kilby both of Lexington. Growing up, Austin was a guy that loved to have fun, help others and be with his friends. Throughout his school years he played many different sports but enjoyed playing baseball the most. Beyond his competitive personality and sports, he had several jobs; he really enjoyed working for Fritts Farm. He started at Fritts Farm working only part time at first, but his love of being outside and always being busy quickly led to him working there full time. He also worked as a deliveryman for Smiley’s New Yorker Pizza. Because of that competitive personality, he prided himself as believing he was the fastest delivery guy there, always being quick and receiving good tips for it. He currently worked at Sam’s Car Wash in Lexington. At each of these jobs he was able to be outside, see and work with friends, be on the go, and do for others. Away from work, a hobby of his was buying, fixing up cars and then reselling them just for fun. But, his true passion was his motorcycle. He loved to ride. Aside from his jobs, his hobbies and his motorcycle, his big fun-loving heart caused him to want to and love to hang out with his family and friends, his dog, June, go fishing and just enjoy life and live it to the fullest every day.  

            Austin was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Larry Potts; maternal grandparents, Doris and Frankie Hicks; Terry and Pat Kilby and paternal aunt, Amanda Potts. He is survived by his mother, Terri Marie Gaither and James Rose of Lexington and his father, Brandon Dale Gaither and Tabitha Troutman of Lexington; his sister, Kelly Gaither of Lexington; his paternal grandmother, Sherry Potts of Lexington; uncle, Steven Hewett of Trinity; aunt, Angela Jones and aunt, Shannon Gaither both of Lexington; cousins, Malik Millner of Lexington, Stephen Jones, Sr., Christopher Jones, Devin Potts, Kiana McLain, Kelly McBride, Briana Maner, Chloe Hewett and Evelyn Hewett. 

            A visitation for Austin will be held Tuesday June 6, 2023 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington and a funeral service will be held 4:00 pm Wednesday June 7, 2023 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel in Lexington. Online condolences may be made at



Luther Horace Kelly, Jr

Luther Horace Kelly, Jr. November 30, 1937 — November 20, 2022

Luther H. Kelly, Jr., age 84, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 12:30 p.m., He was a longtime resident of Houma, LA.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation in Chapel Dauphine of Chauvin Funeral Home on Monday, November 28, 2022, beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Terrebonne Memorial Park Cemetery.

Luther is survived by his loving children, Craig Kelly, Jennifer Kelly White and husband Gerard and their daughter Megan White; sister, Leontina Kelly Gallagher.

Luther is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Necia White Kelly; parents, Luther H. Kelly, Sr. and Esther Newman Kelly.

He was born Nov 30, 1937, in Houma, Louisiana. Prior to graduation from Terrebonne High School in 1955, he was a Boy Scout, Explorer Scout, and a member of the Order of the Arrow.  He also joined the cadet squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and was the commander of the cadet squadron and earned the rank of cadet 1st Lieutenant.

While at LSU, he was in the ROTC, a Major in the Pershing Rifles drill team, and earned his Private Pilot’s License.  He had a very eventful 5-day period in late January 1961 when he received his officer’s commission as a 2nd Lieutenant with the U. S. Army, graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from LSU, and then on January 28 married the love of his life Necia Jo White. 

The newlyweds moved to Maryland and then Huntsville, Alabama where he served with the Army Ordnance Missile Command and was assigned to the Multisystem Test Equipment project.  He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and then was later honorably released from active duty and moved back to Houma. Over the course of decades, he worked for the Kelly Drilling Company, Kerr McGee, Placid Oil Company, Penrod Drilling Company, and Kelly Consulting.

He was the organizer and founder of the Gulf Coast Environmental Affairs Group and served as chairman for the first 3 terms.  He was also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was a Certified Environmental Professional by the Louisiana Environmental Professional Association.

He was a 3rd degree Master Mason in the Masonic Order and member of the Krewe of Terreanians where he was a Duke in 1968.  Alongside his loving wife, he was a member of the Terrebonne Genealogical Society, the St. Mathews Parents Club, First United Methodist Church, and worked with the Louisiana Junior Miss program.

The family expresses its appreciation and gratitude to the Post Acute Care Team at Terrebonne General Health Systems for their excellent care, dedication, and compassion they gave Dad.

Chauvin Funeral Home and Crematory are honored to serve the family of Luther H Kelly,Jr.





DAR Grave Marking Basil Gaither

For those in the Mocksville, NC area, there will be a DAR grave marking ceremony 15 April , 1 PM at the Joppa Cemetery for Basil Gaither. If you want to be recognized as a descendant, you will need to RSVP to Terri Engle (engle.terri by 1 April.

Hope to see several turnout. Please cc so I can look for you


Marilyn Sue Gaither Ray

Marilyn Gaither Ray

February 5, 1931 - March 15, 2023

Mrs. Marilyn Gaither Ray, 92, Passed away Wednesday, March 15th at her home in Leesburg, Virginia.

Marilyn was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 5, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Sara (Bowers) Gaither and of the late Coite M. Gaither, Sr. She was the last member of her immediate family having been predeceased by her Brother Coite M. Gaither, Jr., and Sister Sarah Edna (Gaither) O’neal (Edward).

Marilyn moved to Washington, DC., in 1953 to work as a Secretary for Bolling Air Force Base. While working in Washington DC., she met William L. Ray (Bill) and the two later married on January 8, 1956, in Bethesda Maryland.

Marilyn was the proud mother of three sons, William (Deborah), Jeffrey and Russel (Kerry). The young family moved to Montgomery County, Maryland to be closer to William’s HVAC Mechanical business. 

Marilyn enjoyed being a homemaker and was active in her son’s educational and athletic pursuits. She’d often travel back to her home state of North Carolina to visit her extended family bringing her sons with her. Those road trips were often adventurous and wonderful memories were made.

Marilyn was involved in many organizations over the years and spent eight years as a White House volunteer during the George W. Bush Administration. She immensely enjoyed those years as a volunteer and made many lasting friendships with fellow volunteers.

Travel, genealogy, antiquing, collecting, and shopping were some of Marilyn’s favorite pastimes. She and Bill were able to travel both the U.S. and internationally. 

Marilyn is also survived by and will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Bryan (Kristina), Kellie (Nic), Matthew (Kristin), Bethany (Geoffrey) and Zoe and her great grandchildren: Avery, Bryley, Carter, Andrew, Cooper, Ryan and Maren. As well as many nieces and nephews

The family will receive friends at Noon, one hour prior to services on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, 201 Edwards Ferry Road, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. Burial will follow services at Union Cemetery in Leesburg, VA.

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

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 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 ( 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.