Rev. Dr. Melvin Gainer, Jr., son of the late Melvin Gainer, Sr. and Ethel Mae Jones Gainer, was born March 2, 1920, at Richwood, W. Va., and departed this life in the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the age of 82. Dr. Gainer was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Dexter. He had traveled the world establishing churches, giving his testimony and preaching. Locally, he established the Westside Baptist Church in Dexter. He has two Doctorate degrees from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. He was the former owner of Gainer's Jewelry Shop in Dexter for over 40 yeas and the former mayor of Dexter. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II. He served as a scout for General George Patton, who nicknamed him "Gainer the Gunner". He was a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, the Croix De Guerre of France and two Presidential Citations. He was first united in marriage to Fern Novella Crump on Dec. 24, 1945, at Dexter. She preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 1986. He then married Barbara Dix on Aug. 6, 1994, at Gatlinburg, Tenn. Mrs. Gainer survives of the home in Dexter. Besides his wife, he is survived by one step-son, Ronald Dix of Essex; two step-daughters, Diane Smith of Dexter and Lisa Scherer of Jonesboro, Ill.; by nine step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. Besides his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three step-sons, Lanny Dix, Kenneth Dix and Steven Dix; one brother; and five sisters. Friends called at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2003. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Keith Garland officiating. Interment followed in the Dexter Cemetery. PAID
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