Frederick O’Neal Gaither

Published 2:45 pm Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Frederick O’Neal Gaither, 81, of Mocksville, died on Nov. 16, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born in Davie County on Sept. 4, 1939. He was the son of the late Tom Gaither and Betty Marie (Booe) March. He is also preceded in death by: brothers, Michael Gaither and Bernard Gaither; and a sister, Carole Gaither.

He attended school in Davie County and Salisbury. He also attended classes at Livingstone College. In 1974 he married Dorothy Mae Sullivan, who became his wife of 46 years.  He honored his family and his country by serving 23 years in the U.S. Army. Outside of his Army days, he was a CNA 3 and worked in Salisbury VA.  He was a good Christian ma, and a member of St. John AME Zion Church. He loved his grandchildren, playing the saxophone, and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors in addition to his wife of Mocksville, 3 daughters, Patricia Young, LaV’onya Gaither, and Tanganyika Gaither, all of Mocksville; 4 brothers, Reginald Gaither, Victor Gaither, Julian Gaither, and Gordon Gaither; 3 sisters, Thomasina Gaither, Doris Jimerson, and Debbie Ellis; grandchildren, SaTonia Gray, Tevin Gaither, CJ Heiner, Terrell Joyner, Quientin Joyner, Dejah Joyner, Cory Heiner, Colby Heiner, Joshua Collins and Jamie Gray; great-grandchildren, London, Envee, Addison, Rayshaun, Zaydn, Shakyra, Ariah and Serenity.

A service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at the Salisbury National Service Atrium, officiated by Pastor Rodney Barker. He was buried at Salisbury National Cemetery.

Memorials: 642 Fred Lanier Rd., Mocksville.