Connie Gaither Lucas

Connie Gaither Lucas, 63, of Plant City, born on September 28, 1960, in Tampa, entered into eternal rest on October 20, 2023. She enjoyed the beach, traveling, animals, collecting lighthouses and seashells, and journaling.

She is survived by mother, Gynelle Gaither; siblings, Cheryl Carlisle of Plant City, and Roy Dean Gaither, Jr. (Gayle) of Turkey Creek; and many other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by father, Roy Dean Gaither, Sr. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 11 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at East Thonotosassa Baptist Church, 12735 Knights Griffin Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local SCPA. A private burial will be held at a later date. Expressions of condolences at

Patricia Dyson

Patricia Dyson, 87, a longtime resident of rural Poneto, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 17, 2023, at her son’s residence in Columbia City.
She was born on November 3, 1935, in Liberty Township, Wells County, Indiana to Elroy & Vera (Bender) Watson and was a 1953 graduate of Chester Center High School.
On January 31, 1954, in Wells County, Patricia and Robert L. Dyson were married.
Patricia enjoyed doing family genealogy and was very talented at sewing and quilting. She enjoyed working in her garden and was a famous cook and enjoyed fixing family meals. She was a longtime member of the DAR, (Daughters of the American Revolution).
Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Robert L. Dyson of Albion along with her children; David (Tammy) Dyson and Lois (Jim) Brandenburg, both of Columbia City, Lorinda (Tom) Gregory of Stendal, IN, DeeAnn Dyson of Albion and Dawn (Tony) Platero of Glendale, CA. She was a loving grandma to 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A private family service will take place with burial following at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Assoc. or American Diabetes Assoc.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Lemler family of Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at


CSM Lee Kinder Stikeleather


 Lee Kinder Stikeleather, 86, of Arcadia Florida, passed away October 3, 2015 of natural causes. He was born November 7, 1928 in Arcadia, Florida where he also grew up. He was a member of the local Army national guard anti-aircraft battalion that was activated to active duty status in 1950 in response to the Korean Crisis. Duty stations while with AA included New York, New Jersey, Thule, Greenland and Pittsburgh Pa.
Electing to make the Army a career, he transferred to the Army Security Agency where he remained for the rest of his military career. Duty stations included Ft.Devens, MA; Kagnew Station, Asmara, Eritrea; Herzogenaurach, Bad Aibling, and Frankfurt, Germany; Saigon, Vietnam (twice); and Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, VA (twice). He advanced rapidly through the enlisted ranks, and spent most of his career as a E-8 or E-9. He served as Command Sergeant Major for ASA and Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) for a total of 12 years. He presided over the re-organization from ASA to INSCOM and so was the last CSM for ASA and the first for INSCOM. He retired in 1979 as a Command Sergeant Major with more time in grade than any other CSM in the Army.

He married Cathryn Ann Waites of Alexander City, Alabama in 1955. They were married 48 years until her death in 2003. They had four children. He is survived by two sons, Lee K. Stikeleather, Luke M. Stikeleather, and two daughters, Angeline C. Stikeleather, and Jeanie Manes. He also had five grandchildren, Jacob and Lee Mawyer, Caro Anne Stikeleather, and Claire and Elizabeth Stikeleather.

He was truly an "old school" larger than life character that at times seemed indestructible. He touched many lives in his life's travels and will be missed by all who knew him. A full Military Honors funeral service will be held at the Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA, at 11 A.M. Friday, October 14, 2016.

CSM Stikeleather's line is  Luther Lee Stikeleather- Minnie Ethelin Kinder - Tabithia  Caroline Gaither- Martin Gaither- Greenberry Gaither, Jeremaih Gaither & Eleanor Lovelace- John Gaither V & Ann Jacobs - John Gaither IV - John III- John II- John 1

The editor had the privilege of serving with the Sergeant Major.

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



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

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