Originally created 02/19/03

Mr. Thomas Gaines Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Thomas Early Gaines Jr., 87, of Woodbluff Way, entered into rest Lords presence Monday, February 17, 2003, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta, after an extended illness. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2003, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Methodist Church, Augusta, with Rev. Gerald Varner officiating. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2003, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Hartwell, with Rev. Ryan Seawright conducting the graveside service. Pallbearers will be nephews of the deceased. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Florine Mauldin Gaines; one son, Gene Thomas Gaines and his wife, Carol, Augusta; two grandsons, Gene Thomas Gaines Jr., Atlanta; Williams Douglas Gaines and his wife, Elizabeth; two great granddaughters, Mary Rosemonde Gaines and Elizabeth Ellen Gaines, all of Omaha, Nebraska; one sister-in-law, Frances Smith Gaines, Elberton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Gaines was born in rural Hart County and lived in Washington, for almost 50 years prior to relocating to Augusta eight years ago. He was the last remaining survivor of the original Gaines family in Hart County. He graduated from Hartwell High School, attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega and served in the Army National Guard and Civil Service during World War II. Prior to moving to Augusta, he was a member of First United Methodist Church, Washington, where he served on the executive board and as a trustee. He was president of the Pharr-Ficklin Sunday School Class and held several other offices in the Church. Upon moving to Augusta he became a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and was a member of the Faith Discussion Sunday School Class. He was a past member of Lions International and a member of Masonic Lodge 23. He served as high priest of the Columbian chapter, Royal Arch Masons. He was a Shriner for over 50 years, was president of the Granite Center Shrine Club for 2 years and was an Ambassador of Yaarb Temple in Atlanta. He was also Aide to the Potentates for 14 years and was honored as Mason of the year for the state of Georgia. He also served for many years as an area advisor for the Boy Scouts of American, Georgia-Carolina Council. He was owner of Gaines Gas and Appliance Company and was the Standard Oil Agent for 20 years. He served on the Washington City Council for four years and operated farms in Wilkes and Hart counties. Memorials may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30904 or Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 2207 Cokesbury Hwy. Hartwell, GA 30643. Hopkins Funeral Home in Washington, Ga. is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, February 20, 2003, between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle February 19, 2003