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Edward Fletcher Gaines

January 14, 1947 — February 21, 2023

Siler City

Edward "Eddie" Fletcher Gaines, 76, of Siler City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

Eddie was born in Chatham County on January 14, 1947, the son of Carl Roe Gaines, Sr. and Laura Bell Stinson Gaines.

He was a member of Rocky River Baptist Church. He spent 47 years working as a mechanic and wrecker driver for Welford Harris. Eddie loved to get out and go hunting or fishing. He enjoyed tinkering with engines and John Deere tractors. Eddie cherished his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Elaine Teague Gaines; daughter, Cathy G. York; brothers, Victor, David, Hubert, George, and Carl Roe Gaines, Jr.; and sisters, Cora Tillman, Kate Wilkie, Ruth Carty, Josephine Brewer, and Gola Hunter.

Eddie is survived by his daughter, Allison G. Loyd and husband Eric of Goldston; siblings, Myrtle G. Wilkie, Iola G. Phillips and husband Bruce, Joyce G. Wicker and husband Jack, and Homer Gaines and wife Toni; grandchildren, Casey and Maggie York; step grandson, Jake Loyd; and son in law, Barry York.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Rocky River Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Wall officiating. The family will receive friends after the service in the church fellowship hall, and other times at the family home.

Memorials may be made to Rocky River Baptist Church, or to Bear Creek Baptist Church.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Gaines family.

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