Benjamin B. Gaither


Benjamin B. Gaither, one of the most prominent citizens of Scott County, Mo., was born in Kentucky, in 1824. He is a son of John Gaither, of English descent, born near the District of Columbia, in Maryland. When young, the latter's parents came to Maryland, and resided there until their deaths. They had three children: Horace, Harriet (Pierce) and John. The last named removed to Kentucky, where he married Rebecca Bell, a native of Kentucky, of Welsh parentage. In March, 1833, they came to Cape Girardeau County, Mo., and purchased land on which they located, and afterward improved and made their home. John Gaither died in September, 1837, and his wife in September, 1836. They were the parents of eight children, viz.: Benjamin B., James W. (of Texas), John T. (a merchant of Commerce, Mo.), Harriet (wife of Jackson Ellis, residing near Commerce), Margaret, Mary, Harriet and Rebecca. The last four are dead. Margaret, Rebecca and Harriet were married, and reared families. Benjamin B. was thirteen years old when his father died. He went to Jackson, Mo., and learned the tanner's trade with James M. McGuire, by serving an apprenticeship of six and one-half years. In 1845 he went to Commerce and established a tan-yard, which he managed until 1856, after which he engaged in general merchandising at Benton, and continued two years, when he returned to Commerce and engaged in the grocery and milling business. During the war he dealt in grain, mostly corn, which he sold to the Government, and after the war engaged in merchandising and milling. He built the first store-house in Morley, and sold goods there until 1870. In 1872 he traded the store and goods at Morley to his brother, John T., for the farm on which he now resides. On January 26, 1847, he was united in marriage with Susan Ellis, a native of Scott County, born on what is now the county poor farm. She was born January 4, 1828, and is the daughter of Edward and Harriet (Nelson) Ellis. natives of Maryland and Virginia, respectively, who removed to Kentucky, and from thence to Southeast Missouri, in 1827. They had thirteen children, viz.: Emily, Eliza, Nelson, Susan, Elizabeth, Jackson, Benjamin, Nancy, Sarah. Mary. Harriet, William and Edward. The last nine are dead. Emily lives in Benton, Eliza is the wife of Daniel H. Loody, and Nelson lives in Scott County, engaged in farming. Mr. Ellis died in the spring of 1858, and his widow in 1859. In 1859 or 1860 Mr. Gaither was appointed justice of the county court, and in 1881 was elected to represent, Scott County in the Legislature. Mr. Gaither is extensively engaged in stock-raising. He has about 1,200 acres of land under cultivation, most of which he rents. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. His wife is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. They have no children of their own, but have reared sixteen orphan children, only two of whom are with them now: Jefferson Tisdle and Lizzie Davis, a daughter of Samuel T. Davis, a prominent attorney of New Madrid County, who died in 1881. Mr. Gaither and wife are highly esteemed by all who know them, and are two of Scott County's best citizens. John T. Gaither, a merchant of Commerce, Mo., was born in 1832, in Davidson County, Ky., and when one year old, came with his parents, John and Rebecca (Bell) Gaither, to Southeast Missouri, and located in Cape Girardeau County. He remained with his parents until the death of his father, in 1840, when he was bound for three years to Mr. McGuire, of Jackson. Mo., to learn the tanner's trade. He then came to Scott County, and was engaged with his brother in the tanning business until 1849, after which he went to New Orleans and remained one year. Returning home, he entered school at Cape Girardeau, where he finished his education in 1852. In company with his brother, James W., and others, he then went overland, with ox-teams, to California, the trip requiring 110 days, during which he drove the team every third day. . Upon reaching California he began prospecting for gold, and after remaining there two years engaged in mining and farming. He returned, in 1854, to Commerce. John T. Gaither, after his return home, purchased the tan-yard of his brother, B. B. Gaither, and managed the business until the commencement of the Civil War. During the war he was engaged in farming and dealing in wood on Big Island, in the Mississippi River. From 1866 until 1870 he was engaged in farming in Scott County, and from 1870 until 1875 in merchandising at Morley, at which time he removed to Commerce and engaged in his present general merchandising business. He was elected treasurer of Scott County in 1868, and served one term. For twenty-seven years he served as school director, and retired in 1887, refusing to serve longer. In 1858 he married Columbia Daugherty, a native of Dunklin County, Mo., born in 1839. They have had nine children, viz.: Hettie (wife of Herbert Ranney, of Cape Girardeau County), Emma (wife of James Ranney, of the same county as above), John W. (deceased), Anna, Arthur, Birtie, Belle, o B. and Edna. Mr. and Mrs. Gaither are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he having been a member since 1869. He is also a member of the A. F. & A. M., and A. O. U. W.

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

Alonzo “Jake” Gaither

Alonzo Smith "Jake" Gaither
(April 11, 1903 – February 18, 1994)

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Alonzo "Jake" Gaither was an American football coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Florida A&M University (FAMU) for 25 years, from 1945 to 1969, compiling a record of 204–36–4. His won–loss record is among the best of any college football coach.

Gaither was born in 1903 in Dayton, Tennessee. His father was a preacher, and as a youth Gaither expected to also become a preacher. He graduated from Knoxville College, where he played football as an end in 1927. Gaither's father died around that time, and Gaither became a high school football coach to help support his family. Gaither later completed a master's degree at Ohio State University in 1937.

Gaither went to work as an assistant to head coach William M. Bell at Florida A&M College for Negroes (as it was called then) in 1937. The FAMC Rattlers had an undefeated (8–0) season that year, and won their first black college football national championship. The school won the national title again in 1942. Bell left to enter military service in 1943. After two years of problems in the football program, Gaither was hired as the head football coach for Florida A&M College in 1945. One story is that the president of the college could not find anyone else to take the job.

Gaither worked very hard to motivate his players. He would say, "I like my boys to be agile, mobile, and hostile." It is reported that he would hide an onion in his handkerchief to work up tears in his pre-game pep talks. He built up an effective recruiting network; in the days of Jim Crow, he had the pick of every good black high school player in Florida. Indeed, by the 1960s did not even bother to recruit players from outside the state.

Gaither instituted an annual coaching clinic at FAMU in the late 1950s. He recruited major college coaches, including Paul "Bear" Bryant, Frank Broyles, Darrell Royal, Woody Hayes and Adolph Rupp, among others, to staff the clinics.

Gaither introduced the Split-T formation in 1963, and it was soon adopted at other colleges. In 1969 Florida A&M defeated the Spartans of the University of Tampa, 34–28, in the South's first football game between a white college and a historically black college.

Gaither also coached basketball and track in his early years as football coach. He later became Director of Athletics and Chairman of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at FAMU. He continued to hold the last two positions after he retired as coach until his retirement from teaching in 1973.

When Gaither retired from coaching in 1969, his Florida A&M teams had a 204–36–4 record, for a .844 winning percentage. Thirty-six players from Gaither's teams were All-Americans, and 42 went on to play in the National Football League (NFL). Gaither was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Decade. He was named College Division Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 1962, and was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. He also received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award that year, and the Walter Camp Man of the Year award in 1974. The Jake Gaither Trophy has been awarded to the best Black collegiate football player each year since 1978. The Jake Gaither Gymnasium is located on the FAMU campus.

Gaither died in Tallahassee, Florida in 1994. The Jake Gaither House where he lived is now a cultural center.

Information provided by Wikipedia


EDWARD T. GAITHER, grocer and provision dealer, located on North Main Street, Carthage Mo., was born in 1831. His father’s name was Silas, and his mother’s maiden name Elizabeth Campbell. Edward T. Gaither was reared principally in Franklin county, Missouri, his father’s family moving there in 1838. He was brought up on a farm, and has lived on one more or less ever since, although teaching school some fourteen years. He served four years in the Confederate army in the trans-Mississippi department, under General Marmaduke. In 1879 he came to Carthage, Missouri, where he has since been in the mercantile business. In March, 1882, he and his partner, Mr. Quinn, opened the grocery, provision, and feed store where they are now in business. They have a large and complete stock in their line, and are surpassing their most sanguine expectations. Mr. Gaither owns a finely improved farm, and it is regarded as one of the best in this region of the country. He was married April 8, 1866, to Sarah J. Rickner, of Jasper county, Missouri, whose father was one of the first settlers of the county, who died in 1861. They have six children living and one deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Gaither are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Gaither is to be commended for his business success, and commands the respect of the community generally