Ann B. Gaines

Published 10:49 am Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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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 received friends from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington.

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

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

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Gaines family.