Howard Ray ‘Mickey’ Gaither

Published 9:13 am Friday, August 25, 2023

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Howard “Mickey” Ray Gaither, 83, passed away peacefully on Aug. 21, 2023 in Statesville, N.C.

He was born on Feb. 20, 1940 in Davie County to the late William Ernest Gaither and Elizabeth Cleary Gaither.

“Mickey,” as he was affectionately known, was renowned for his unwavering faith and commitment to his community. He was a devoted member of Liberty Baptist Church, where he nurtured his spiritual life and contributed significantly to the growth and development of the congregation. His faith was the cornerstone of his life, guiding his actions and interactions with everyone he met.

His interests were varied and reflected his love for life and nature. “Mickey” was an avid beekeeper, an interest he cultivated over the years, sharing his passion and knowledge with others. He also had a deep love for fishing and the outdoors. His love for the outdoors extended to his enjoyment of going to the beach, motorcycles and mowing yards, activities that allowed him to see the beauty of the world around him.

In addition to his parents, William Ernest Gaither and Elizabeth Cleary Gaither, he was preceded in death by: his loving wife of 56 years, Ruth Coleman Gaither; his brother, Wade Gaither; and his son-in-law, Grover “Junior” Johnson.

He is survived by: his daughters, Cindy Johnson, Tori Gaither (TR Hiatt), and Heather Leazer (Shannon); his grandchildren, Addison Reavis, Coleman Hiatt, and Kayden Leazer; his sister, Judy Laws; his brothers, Louico Gaither (Barbara) and Butch Gaither (Peggy); his sisters-in-law, Pansie Gaither, Paulette Osborn (Jerry), and Diane Little; his brothers-in-law, Roger Coleman, Paul Coleman (Priscilla), Don Somers, and Don Prevette; and numerous family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Mr. Gaither’s life serves as a testament to the power of faith, the importance of family, and the joy that can be found in the simple pleasures of life. He was a man who truly lived his life to the fullest, leaving behind a legacy of love, faith, and joy.

A celebration of his life was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26 at Liberty Baptist Church with Pastor Roger Holland officiating.

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Nicholson Funeral Home has the honor of serving the family.