of Mountain Home, AR
July 19, 2021
De Gaines, 99, of Baxter County, passed from this life on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas. De was born on June 27, 1922, in Advance, Arkansas to the late Bertha (Galloway) and Ferdinand Gaines. De's life was a testament to his faith in God and his affiliation to the Church of Christ. He lived loving his neighbor as himself.De is survived by his son, Kenneth (Charlotte) Gaines, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and his daughter Janet (Gerry) Cowart of Ridgedale, Missouri; eight grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.De was preceded in death by his wife Jean (Sisk) Gaines; his parents; his son, Keith Gaines; his two sisters, Dorothy Whitaker and Dorene Stoner.De was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. He served with the 86th Regiment of the Army's 10th Mountain Division in the WWII Italy Invasion landing in Naples, Italy, marching through the Apennine Mountains that ended in a last stand with the German Army at the Po Valley.A graveside service will be held at the Big Flat Cemetery in Big Flat, Arkansas, at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 23, 2021, with Donald Patterson officiating. Pallbearers: Ken Gaines, Jr., Daniel Chism, Darrin Chism, Jared Chism, Jason Hatman, and Kevin Driver. Honorary Pallbearers: Heath Gaines, Seth Stoner, Russ Chaddick, and Don Stoner.Memorials may be made to your favorite charity or to Hospice House 774 Long St., Mountain Home, AR, 72653. Arrangements are under the care of Roller Funeral Home.
The stories I have heard about Mr. De Gaines are priceless. First and foremost, he is a Christian, a good father and grandfather, a sweet and humble man, he was and still is an honored WWII soldier. I am very grateful for his service to our country. He fought for our freedom and we should never forget those brave men. With my heartfelt sympathy and love to the Gaines family.Monarie Carraro
I am so very sorry for your loss. De worked with my Father; Chester "Bud" Welch at Blanchard Springs Caverns when I was a little girl. Daddy always thought a lot of De. Now they are reunited in Heaven swapping stories about old times. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God bless you all.Dawn Welch Branscum
I always enjoyed seeing Mr. Gaines's pictures on fb. You could tell he was such a sweet man who dearly loved his family. We just wanted to let Kenny and Charlotte and the rest of his family know ya'll are in our thoughts and prayers.
Fred & I are so sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate a life well lived. It is comforting to know because of his faith he is now a citizen of heaven. You are in our hearts and prayers.
So sorry Kenneth for your loss of your father. May God Bless you with comfort and many good memories.
My friend for so many years, Janet. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet Daddy! He and Jean was wonderful people and neighbors from all around that country side knew the love and goodness in them!I love you and miss you and pray God's presence will cover you and your entire family in these trying days!We know we will see them all very soon, and Beulah Land is getting sweeter everyday!All my love and prayers,Deb Whitley Garrett and Hal ❤
Praying for this family during the loss of their leader. Hugs and Prayers
I'm so sorry for your loss, you have my sincere condolences. May your Daddy, Mom, Keith and all their friends are visiting with each other and the Angels
It was a privilege to be a small part of the team serving De, as his Care Coordinator. I always enjoyed my home visits with him. Always left with a better understanding of God’s love as De had the best message regarding love for others and unfailing faith.Thank you De for your military service and sacrifice to ensure our freedom. I will always remember your smile and I bet you are all smiles while exploring the Promised Land!