William P. Gaines

 
The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
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Died: September 19, 1913
 
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WILLIAM P. GAINES DIES NEAR CASSVILLE
Was an Honorable, Upright Respected Citizen

William P. Gaines, an honored and respected citizen of this county, departed this life near Cassville, Georgia, September 19th, at 3 o’clock p.m. 1913. His death came unexpectedly, while gathering fodder in his field. His little son, Paul, was the only one with him at the time. He fell to the ground, and almost simultaneously with the fall, his spirit separated from his body, and thus ended his mortal existence on earth.

William P. Gaines was born near Cassville, Bartow County, Georgia, January 11, 1846. He was married to Miss Sarah E. Linn on the 23rd day of December, 1875, near Cassville, Georgia. April 17th, 1885, his wife died near Cassville, Georgia, leaving him with three children, viz., Orr Gaines, who died about twelve years ago; Mrs. Mary F. Rutland and Miss Ida Gaines. On the 29th day of December, 1897, Mr. Gaines was again married to Miss Mary Carlisle, near Folsom, Georgia.  She and her son, Paul Gaines and the two daughters by his first marriage, Mrs. Mary F. Rutland and Miss Ida Gaines, of his immediate family, besides a large number of relatives survive him.

He was a true and faithful Confederate soldier. He enlisted in Company “I” of the 1st Ga. Regiment of Cavalry, in the spring of 1863, from Bartow County, Georgia, and served in the Company until the 25th day of April, 1865, at which time he surrendered under General Joe Wheeler, at Greensboro, North Carolina.

In the summer of 1866, under the ministry of General Clement A. Evans, at Cassville, Ga., he was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church South, at that place. He was a devoted, active and faithful member  He was noted for [words obscured by fold] and square dealings in all his conduct with his neighbors. He was one man who earned his living by the “sweat of his brow” was a man of great energy—a hard worker. Verily, not a nickel can be traced to his possession without a valid consideration in return.

His greatest characteristic was his devotion to his church and Sabbath school duties. He was superintendent of Best Chapel Sabbath school continually for twenty-five years. He was always present to open and conduct his Sabbath school, doing his best for the success of the school and the cause so he earnestly espoused.

When a boy, and after he became a young man, he loved the company and companionship of his father, mother, brother and sisters. He was certainly a dutiful son, a kind and loving brother, a true friend and devoted husband and father, a worthy companion—an exemplar for good. Everybody who knew “Billie Gaines” loved him, loved him for his kindness, his candor, his honesty, and matchless christian character.

His funeral was preached by Rev. H.M. Strozier, his beloved pastor, at Best Chapel, September 21st, and his remains buried at Cassville Cemetery. An immense concourse of people attended his funeral at Best Chapel and at the cemetery at Cassville to pay the last tribute of respect to one they so dearly loved.

It’s true that the body of “Billie Gaines” is buried in the cemetery at Cassville. It’s true that when his spirit separated from his body last Friday evening it winged its way to that realm of peace, joy and happiness that had been prepared for him, where he now pursues his investigation in the beautiful fields of wondrous love and happiness, charmed by the presence of Almighty God.

H.W.G.

 

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