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Ann Barber Gaines

May 12, 1937 — November 11, 2022

Washington, NC

Mrs. Ann Gaynell Barber Gaines, age 85, a resident of Washington, NC and former resident of Clinton, NC, died Friday November 11, 2022 at ECU Health Beaufort Campus.

Mrs. Gaines was born in Goldston, NC on May 12, 1937 to the late Ferry Mason Barber, Sr. and Emma Sophronia Bowman. On August 23, 1959 she married Max Reid Gaines, Sr.. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Washington. Mrs. Gaines was strong in her faith, enjoyed cooking, loved spending time with family and friends, and was very patriotic.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Max R. Gaines, Sr., three children, Laura Gaines Caldwell and husband Jeff of Williamston, Reid Gaines, Jr. and wife Michele of Clinton, Gaye Gaines Haslam and husband Don of Greensboro, seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Caldwell (Kristen), Trent Caldwell (Shelley), Anderson Caldwell (Alexandra), Taylor Sandlin (Blake), Ashton Brazell, Jacob Haslam, Grace Haslam, three great grandchildren, Roslyn, Sullivan, Corbin, a brother, Donald Barber of Sanford and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Ferry Barber, Jr., Charles Barber, and a sister, Marion Todd.
The family will receive friends from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Sunday November 13, 2022 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington.

The family will also receive friends from 11:00am until 1:00pm Tuesday November 15, 2022 at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home in Siler City, NC.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30PM Tuesday November 15, 2022 at Goldston Cemetery in Goldston, NC and will be officiated by Pastor Bruce MacInness . Pallbearers include Jacob Haslam, Jeffrey Caldwell, Trent Caldwell, Anderson Caldwell, Ben Gaines and Stuart Barber.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home

230 N Second Ave, SIler City, NC 27344

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

1:30pm - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Goldston United Methodist Church Cemetery

185 Hillcrest Ave, Goldston, NC 27252

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