Raymond Gaines, Jr., the son of the late Raymond W. and Vergie Rhema Lane Gaines, was born in Dexter on March 15, 1937 and died at the Missouri Southern Healthcare facility in Dexter on Oct. 25, 2001, at the age of 64. Mr. Gaines had lived in Dexter all his life. He was a former employee of the IXL Manufacturing Company in Bernie and was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by two daughters, Sondra K. Gaines of Texas and Rhonda Gaines of Alabama; by three brothers, Billy, Leon and Rick Gaines, all of Dexter; by three sisters, Betty Moore and Peggy Evans, both of Dexter, and Bonnie Brewer of Essex; and by three grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda McRoy.
Visitation was held on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Chapel with Rev. Doyle Corlew officiating. Interment followed in the Armstead-Dowdy Cemetery near Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of all arrangements.