Sunday, January 7th @ 1:30 pm
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Sunday, January 7th
MITCHELL – Roland E. Gaines, 81, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.
Born May 24, 1936, in Bedford, he was the son of Ray and Addie (Clements) Gaines. He married Patsy Lou Williams on May 26, 1957, at Pinhook.
Roland was a proud employee of General Motors having been hired in August of 1962. He was a machine repairman having become an expert in hydraulics. He was the first Quality Award winner presented to a General Motors employee. Roland retired in 1992 stating that he was leaving the best job in the plant.
Roland was a member of the first board of directors of the Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, the first board of directors of the Hoosier Hills Credit Union, and served on the board of the South Lawrence Water Corporation, later becoming the manager. He was also a member of the Lawrence County Council.
He was a Boy Scout Master of Troop 339 of the First Baptist Church in Bedford and saw his sons reach the rank of Eagle and Life Scouts. Roland was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mitchell, and served as chairman of the deacons.
Patsy Gaines of Mitchell
Joe F. (Amy) Gaines of Greenville, North Carolina
Jimmy D. (Paula) Gaines of Merritt Island, Florida
Heather (Jacob) Anderson, David Gaines, Samantha (Stephen) Cecil, and Taylor Gaines
Cameron and Jayden Anderson, Emily and Eli Gaines, Jace and Alivia Cecil
Betty (Tom) Gerkin of Bedford
Raymond (Jeri) Gaines of Bedford
His parents and siblings, Mary Guthrie, Marjorie Wright, and Jeanette Hudach, preceded him in death.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 7, at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will be in Knott Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Saturday a Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 12:30 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the church.
The grandchildren want him to be remembered as the writer and reader of the corn story.