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.

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

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




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.