Governor Perry "Bud" Gaines
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Governor Perry "Bud" Gaines

Governor Perry "Bud" Gaines, of Forest, Va., peacefully transitioned to heaven on Friday, July 16, 2021, following many years of winning the battle with various illnesses. Truly a warrior, and facing multiple challenges, Bud recognized, and was grateful always for the grace and power of God. When he faced his last challenge, God realized he was tired and welcomed him home.

Bud completed a tour of duty in the United States Military, and later retired as a valued employee of GE/ Ericsson following many years of service. Distinguished as a gentle giant, with an equally gentle, loving personality and a tremendous sense of humor, Bud was loved and admired by all. Everyone who met and knew him, loved him. He adored his family, his church family, his circle of friends, and his extended family of children whom he embraced in his home and life. Known for his warm personality, he was quickly embraced by all who met him, and especially the many children in his life.

At the end of a full and valued life, God smiled from His Golden Throne and welcomed Bud home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Henry and Ruby Scott Gaines. Bud leaves treasured memories to a special circle of friends and family that includes his loving wife of sixty years, Miriam Thomas Gaines; a devoted son, David P. Gaines (Myscha); an adopted son, Samuel G. Brown; one sister, Imogene Gaines Johnson, (Richard); six grandchildren, David Jr. (Kayla), Savion, Corbyn, Wesley, Dakota and Aquelle; four great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

During his extended illnesses, Bud was warmly cared for by a myriad of exceptional care givers. Special appreciation is extended to the Fresenius Dialysis Center, Centra Health physicians, nurses and staff, Seven Hills Home Health Service, Savion Gaines, and his many nieces and nephews who devoted much time and travel to assist with his care.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 2 p.m., at which time all guests will be required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in memory of Governor P. Gaines to the Gamma Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, INC. Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 2392, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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Published by The News & Advance on Jul. 21, 2021.
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Miriam and family, so sorry for your loss. Such a gentleman with a strength and resilience most of us will never need. May the memories bring you comfort and peace.
Valinda Wilson
July 29, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Truly he'll be missed. He is now at peace. No worries,aches or pain. Resting from this world of trials and tribulations. God be be with you and maybe he gives you strength to endure your loss at this time. God bless you and we love you. We were classmates n friends. Powell-Tatum family /3600 West ridge Circle Drive Rocky Mount North Carolina 27804
Mary Wood Powell Tatum
July 25, 2021
To Miriam and family, I extend my deepest sympathy to you in the passing of my friend "Buud", as I always referred to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, that God will pour upon you the blessings that you need throughout this time and future days as well.
Vivian Hudson
July 24, 2021
RIP Mr. Gaines. Job well done Sir.
Renard Thornton
July 24, 2021
Miriam, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are extended to you and your family. Bud was someone who did so much, so often and so willingly. He will be deeply missed. His memories will be cherished forever by family and friends.
Levi and Phyllis Morris
July 23, 2021
With great sympathy we share the lost of your love one. We will keep your family in our prayers doing this time of bereavement.
Howard & Doris Smith & Family
July 23, 2021
To Miriam and family: Governor was one of my favorite cousin when I was growing up. He always made me laugh. Always remember the kindness he shared with everyone. Love Leonarda
Leonarda Wood Hall
July 22, 2021
Prayers for Comfort and Strength to the Entire Gaines Family during this time of Bereavement. I worked with Mr. Gaines at Ericsson.. every workday was brighter because of his joyful and sweet spirit. Rest In Peace Mr. "Bud"...Rest In Peace.
Lisa Anderson-Brooks
July 22, 2021
To the Gaines Family,I am sorry for your loss, I worked with Bud at Ericsson and he was a great and gentle Man, always smiling and telling jokes. He would come to Homedepot sometimes and he was the same smiling and making me laugh.He will be missed.God Bless
Mary Diggs
July 22, 2021
Dear Miriam, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Peggy Joplin-Stots
July 21, 2021
To the Gaines family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.
Sabrina Lewis
July 21, 2021
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