Cecil Michael Gaither (1945 - 2018)

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Cecil Michael Gaither, 73, of Chiefland passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
He was born March 14, 1945 in Tallassee, Ala. to the late Cecil and Lucy Gaither. He moved to Chiefland in 2001. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Mr. Gaither was a member and the chaplain of William T. Carlton Masonic Lodge #46, in Trenton, Florida. His hobbies were computers and birdwatching. He and Honey the Wonder Dog were ambassadors for the U.S. War Dogs Association, and a key founder of "Kids for K-9's". He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Kaye Gaither; son, Timothy S. Jeter of Tampa; daughters, Patricia Keenan Assaid of Cary, N.C. and Kelley Kaye Jeter of Tampa; grandchildren, Brandon Williams and Jazlin Williams; sister, Lucille (Albert) Rece of Chiefland.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Joseph McDonnell officiating. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Thursday, Aug. 30. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Rick Gooding Funeral Home between 6 and 8pm, with a Masonic Service to follow at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: U.S. War Dogs, P.O. Box 10, Bronson, FL 32621, please mark, donation for "Honey the Wonder Dog" statue.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland 352-493-0050 and Cross City 352-498-5400. Please sign the online guestbook at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Chiefland Citizen on Aug. 30, 2018
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