Preacher Gaither

John Robert “Preacher” Gaither, 67, of Hiddenite, NC, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Gordon Hospice House following a brief illness.

He was born June 27, 1944, in Iredell County and was the son of the late John Milton Gaither and Mabel Harris Gaither.

He attended Harmony High School and completed Barber’s School of Winston Salem. He retired from A-1 Mobile Homes and became self-employed.

He is survived by his son, Jody C. Gaither (Carla), one daughter, Michelle G. Campbell (Greg), both of Harmony. He has two grandsons, Joseph C. Gaither, and Benjamin A. Gaither and one granddaughter, Carly J. Gaither. He is further survived by a brother, Tommy Gaither (Sue), of Olin and two sisters, Jonell G. Lewis (Jim), of Harmony, and Martha Ann G. York, of Statesville.  Numerous nieces and nephews along with his canine companion, Mandy, also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Gaither will be conducted at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Clarksbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Mandy Jones and Rev. Steve Parks officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Saturday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 PM at Nicholson Funeral Home. Active pallbearers will be Alan Lewis, Mark Gaither, Matthew Gaither, Clyde Marlowe, Marty Rector, and John Benson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gavini, Dr. Grimm, and the nursing staff of Iredell Memorial Hospital and Gordon Hospice House.

Memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. John Robert “Preacher” Gaither.

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9 Responses to Preacher Gaither

  1. Anita Joan York says:

    In Loving Memory Of My Uncle
    John Robert”Preacher”Gaither

    As Long As You Remember Him

    As long as you remember him
    his loving memory will lives on.
    And his spirit will be there with
    you at every breaking down.
    He’ll sing to you through the birds
    in the spring time and a whisper
    through the trees.
    He’ll always bring you gentle and
    comfort with a warm caressing breeze.

    As long as you remember him.
    his love will fill you hearts and
    help to ease the sorrow that you’re
    feeling while we’re apart from each other.
    And with through of him.
    And you’ll see the joy of sunlights in
    the afternoon and a nature’s display.

    And as long as you remember him.
    He will always be near to lead you
    with sweet tranquillity.
    And at night time stars appear in the sky.
    And the wonderful bond that he have
    shared with his our love once and friends.
    And to give you hope to a brighter furture.
    And the strenght to see you through.
    And Praise God He Is Home.

    And His loving memories will bring
    you hope,comfort and peace.

  2. Anita Joan York says:

    To:Jody And Michelle
    In Memory Of Your Father
    John Robert”Preacher”Gaither

    Your Father’s Love Will Lives On

    You are a living tribute to your father.
    Through you,his kindness will shine
    bright each day.
    And through you his spirit will continue
    to inspire goodness in the world….
    And you are a living tribute
    to his life here on earth….
    And through you his love will
    always live on.
    And Praise God Your Father Is Home.

  3. Anita Joan York says:

    To:Carla Gaither And Greg Campbell
    In Memory Of Your Father-In-Law
    John Robert:Preacher”Gaither


    If they bring tears let
    them be clearing.
    If they bring laughter,
    let it be warm.
    If they remind you both
    of happier moments let
    them be shelter to you
    both through the storm.

    With esch story,each tears,
    and each tender memory….
    A life time of this will always
    fill a place in your hearts.
    Praise God Your Father-In-Law Is Home.

  4. Anita Joan York says:

    To:Joseph,Benjamin And Carly
    In Memory Of Your Grandpa
    John Robert”Preacher”Gaither

    In The Loss Of Your Grandpa

    He gave you the gift of laughter
    and dried his share of treas.
    He left his mark on many lucky
    lives through out his years.
    He shared lots of his love around.
    He shed a world of his lights.
    And for his wonderful memories
    he left behind and his spirit will
    shine bright each day.
    And his light of his love and the
    warmth of his memory,and the
    comfort of knowing that your
    grandpa will be remember now
    and always through his grandkids.
    Praise God Grandpa Is Home.

  5. Larry Cheek & Susie Howard says:

    Our Heartfelt thoughts are with you all. We will always have our memories of Preacher that will leave a warm place in our Hearts. Our lives were better knowing him.

  6. Anita Joan York says:

    In Loving Memory Of Our Brother
    John Robert”Preacher”Gaither
    Your Brother’s Love Lives On
    You are a living tribute to your brother.
    And through you his kindness will continue
    to inspire goodness in this world….
    You are a living tribute to his life….
    And through you his love will always live on.
    And Praise God He Is Home.
    From Your Sisters and Brother:
    Jonell G.Lewis of Harmony,N.C.
    Tommy Gaither of Olin,N.C.
    Martha G.York of Statesville,N.C.

  7. Anita Joan York says:

    To The Family Of
    John Robert “Preacher” Gaither

    I’m writing this because I’m so proud to say
    this about someone that is very special to me.
    My Uncle Preacher.When I needed someone he
    was there no matter what.He was special to his
    family and friends who loved him.He had two
    special children and there family who was his
    life.He inspired everyone who come in to his life.
    To Jody and Michelle,Thank-You for letting me
    be a part of your dad’s life.I know he loved us all.
    May God be with us. Love:Anita

  8. Daune Williams says:

    Stan and I are really sorry to hear about Preacher. He was a great guy and a cool granddad.

  9. Bobby Chambers says:

    Martha and all family, sorry to hear the loss..will always remember “Preacher” did do it his way…

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