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.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com
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Published by The News & Advance on Jul. 21, 2021.