Dr. Cornelius Elbert Gaither, 28 Feb 1928, Philadelphia, PA—22 Mar 2020, Aberdeen, MD, Son of Dr. Cornelius and Edith Albertha Robinson. Cornelius was Past President of SJGD and a ground breaker in many fields. For an interview in 2014 click this link or copy and paste. https://oralhistory.rutgers.edu/interviewees/64-text-html/1585-gaither-cornelias-e
Alice M Gaither, 87, of Charleston, SC, wife of William "Bill" Gaither Jr., peacefully passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020.
Alice was born on October 6, 1932 in Hamlet, NC, daughter of the late Luther Mudd and Elizabeth B. Pearson Mudd. She graduated from King's Business College in NC, and worked as an office manager in a doctor's office, at a shipping company and in the Dogwood Room Restaurant in the Charlotte Airport.
Alice was active in her church and was the chair of the Pastor Parrish Committee. She played Bridge weekly with friends and enjoyed sewing. She even made her own wedding dress. Alice and Bill had a black cat named Missy and a Cocker Spaniel named Sandy. After retirement Alice and Bill traveled to 49 states by car.
Surviving Alice are her dear husband of 59 years, Bill Gaither; her son, William Gaither (Sheila); her daughter, Elizabeth Gaither Hartsell (Alex); three grandchildren, Elaina Ann Novak of Chesapeake, VA, William Ryan Gaither of Hanahan, SC, and William Alex Hartsell of Charleston, SC.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Irene Crisco of Hamlet, NC, and Felicity Adams of Clover, SC.
A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service. Burial will follow at Live Oak Memorial Gardens.
Bruce Gill Leonard was born on March 29, 1940, in Catawba, NC, to C. T. and Genevieve Leonard. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, James, Joe and Phillip. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janie Sigmon Leonard, and their children, Alaric Leonard, Lisa Carlay and Andrew (Angie) Leonard. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren, Casey, Nicholas, Reid, and Evan. Continue reading
Albert Cowles Gaither, age 88, a lifelong resident of Newton, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC. Born July 23, 1931 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late William Cowles Gaither and Allie Comer Gaither. Continue reading
May 12, 1934 - February 9, 2020 Julia Ann Gaither Sharp, of Raleigh, died peacefully at William Dunlap Hospice Center in Raleigh, the morning of Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. She was born May 12, 1934, to the late Ralph and Louise Gaither in Harmony. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, L.W. Sharp Jr. Surviving are her brother, Ned Gaither; daughters, Delaine Blinson (Mel), Mary Lou Rhodes (Tim), Carla Brewer (Mark) and Connie Sharp all of Raleigh; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Saint James United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., at the church, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint James UMC, 3808 Saint James Church Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604; or Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Ethel Ilene Koger began the final journey of her life on July 17, 2019 when she passed away after a long illness. She was the daughter of Norman L. and Alvena Widiger Montgomery, and was born on the 19th of April, 1925 in Morrison, OK. Most of her life was lived in Oklahoma. She married Robert L. Koger on October 21st, 1951 in Ponca City, OK. They were married by the Rev. Charlie Shedd. Ethel and Robert lived for a while in Arkansas City, KS. In 1955 they moved to Ponca City and have resided there ever since.
Ethel spent her working life in the food service industry, including 21 years at the Ponca City Country Club.
Her lifelong hobby was Genealogy and researching her own family history. She and her sisters took many trips to other states to look through dusty courthouse records and search old cemeteries for family names. Ethel traced two family lines back as far as Charlemagne of France. She was a member of the Jamestowne Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Huguenot Society, Colonial Dames, and John Gaither Descendants. Continue reading
Leander Washington (L.W.) Sharp, Jr.
L.W. Sharp, Jr., died peacefully at his residence, early Sunday morning, 12/8/2019, after a brief illness. He was born on March 31, 1929 to the late Leander Washington Sharp, Sr. and Josie Bell Mullis Sharp in Hamptonville, NC.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Julia Ann Gaither Sharp; his daughters, Delaine Blinson (Mel), Mary Lou Rhodes (Tim), Carla Brewer (Mark) and Connie Sharp, all of Raleigh; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday at Saint James United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am–11:00 am prior to the service.
Original obituary was published in The News & Observer on Dec. 9, 2019
Rachel (Cole) Gaither(1935 - 2018)
Rachel Cole Gaither, born November 29th, 1935, was reunited with her beloved husband and best friend, Dr. James "Jim" Gaither, this Saturday, the 25th of August. Rachel and Jim were inseparable in life and throughout their 57 years of marriage they both shared a passion for serving the medical and health needs of the people of Catawba County. The health and welfare of the people of Catawba County was much more than a chosen vocation. It was truly a mission to which they mutually dedicated their lives. Continue reading
On February 12, 2019, the Angels in Heaven called Tina Marie Gaither home. At the young age of 33, she crossed over to be with her dad. She was born on August 14, 1985 at Forsyth Hospital, on a day when greatness was thrust upon the world. Tina was a social butterfly, with a heart of gold and full of cheer, who never met a stranger. She always stood out from the crowd, and was known by her friends and family by many names: Tuna Fish, Frenchy, Wiener, and Tiener Wiener. Tina loved to shop, spend time with family and friends, and cuddle with her fur babies Oreo (dog) and Boogie (cat). Shortly after graduating from UNCG with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, she started a career as a social worker at River Landing. As Tina reunites with her father, Randall Clay Gaither, she is survived by her mother, Teresa Gaither, and her sisters, Krystal Gaither, Angela Koenig (Leo), Shannon Gaither, Nancy Bellous, and Amanda Fulp. Her two nephews, Sean and Ason, and her niece Jordan, as well as, her many aunts, uncles, and cousins will miss her dearly. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 17 at River Landing at Sandy Ridge 1575 John Knox Dr, Colfax, NC 27235. . In lieu of flowers, they request that memorials be considered for American Heart Association, P.O. Box 744806, Atlanta, GA 30374-4806.
Lineage: Tina Marie, Randall Clay, Gurney Clay, William Lucian, Francis Marion, Noah, Zachariah, Benjamin, John IV, John III, John II, John