Jack A. Gaines, 77 passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at his home in Maurertown following a fourteen year struggle with COPD.
He was born December 29, 1937 in Richmond, Virginia son of the late Gladys Gregory and Jackson Henry Gaines.
Jack grew up in Hillsville, Virginia and was a graduate of Hillsville High School class of 1956. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from King College in Bristol, Tennessee and a Master Degree in Education from Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He served in the U.S Army during the Vietnam era.
Jack taught school at Central High School, Stonewall High School, and Clarke County High School. He served on the football coaching staff at all three schools, coached little league baseball and helped establish Senior League Baseball in Shenandoah County. After a thirty year teaching career he farmed until poor health forced him to quit.
Jack had a genuine respect for life, for nature, and for all of God’s creatures. Never once did he complain about the hundreds of homeless cats his wife brought home over the years. He simply built for her a “Hotel for Cats”.
Jack was a member of the Maurertown Brethren Church where he held a variety of offices over the years. He served many years as a Sunday School Teacher and he especially enjoyed singing in the church choir and with the “Harmonaires”. At the time of his death he served as a member of the Deacon Board and wrote “Jack’s Corner” for the church newsletter.
Jack is survived by Nancy McClanahan Gaines, his wife of fifty-two years. He is also survived by a son, Jackson Gregory Gaines and wife Michaela of Vienna, Austria; a daughter, Nancy Anne Gaines Scher and husband Charley of Richmond, Virginia; 2 grandchildren, Owen and Katie Scher, and sisters-in-law Jean M. Calvert and Sally M. Brady.
The funeral service will be held at the Maurertown Brethren Church at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 17, 2015. With Reverend Richard Craver officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Those wishing to meet the family may do so at the church thirty minutes prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MBC Benevolent Fund c/o Linda Wilkins, 430 Boyd Street, Woodstock, Virginia 22664 or to the Humane Society of Shenandoah County, P.O. Box 173 Woodstock, Virginia 22664.