Gregory D. Gaines
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Coal Town Cemetery in Purvis, Mississippi, for Major Gregory D. Gaines, USAF, Retired.
Major Gaines passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 at South Central Regional Hospital in Laurel, Mississippi. Greg was born December 18, 1946 in Waycross, Georgia. He spent most of his childhood in West Columbia, South Carolina, graduating from Brookland-Cayce High School in 1965. He attended The University of South Carolina for a short time before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1966. In 1978, Greg was selected for Officer Training School, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He retired from the Air Force in June 1991 having served over 25 years.
A 1973 graduate of William Carey College, he received, through the Bootstrap Program, a Bachelor of Science degree. Major Gaines also earned both an Associateís Degree from Midlands Tech and a Masterís Degree from Webster University.
After retiring from the United States Air Force, Greg and his family relocated to Mississippi where he opened a business, Professional PC Solutions, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, allowing him to transform his affinity for computers into a new career. He retired from his business in 2016, and fulfilled his dreams of retiring on a lake at his home in Lake Eddins, on the outskirts of Pachuta, Mississippi where he actively pursued his love of fishing.
Greg is one of the founding members of Lake Eddins Community Church where he served as President of the Board of Directors since 2016. He was the unofficial greeter to all, but especially enjoyed supporting the youth programs.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lynne McRaney Gaines; three daughters, Michelle Gaines Taylor, Marcia Gaines, and Kara Gaines, all of San Antonio, Texas; the light of his eyes - his grandchildren Ryan Gaines Taylor and Anevay Pacheco-Gaines; two brothers - Grady S. Gaines of Charleston, South Carolina, and Glynn C. Gaines of Lexington, South Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who are all left to cherish his memory.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lake Eddins Community Church Youth Program, 38 LE 16382, Pachuta, Mississippi, 39347.