Larry Joe Gaines

December 17, 1949June 25, 2019

Services for Larry Joe Gaines, 69, of Oxford, will be Friday, June 28 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Oxford with Dr. Stan Albright officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11-1 prior to the service at the church. Mr. Gaines died Tuesday, June 25 at Regional Medical Center. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Sandra Noell Gaines; two daughters, Jennifer Gaines Sewell (Warren) of Heflin, Angela Gaines of Pelham; granddaughter, Ashley Sewell Chandler (Zach) of Heflin; great granddaughter Macie Kate Chandler; three sisters, Susan Vice (Eddie) of Wellington, Anita Kilgore (Tom) of Jacksonville , and Lisa Hollaway (Mike) of Virginia; brother-in-law, Arthur Watkins of Weaver; nieces and nephews, Scott Vice (Mandi) of Ohatchee, Billy Ray Watkins of Weaver, Taylor Ford of Jacksonville, Amber Russell of Virginia, Brittany Ford (Kyle) of Texas, Joshua Hollaway, Justin Hollaway (Heather) of Virginia; and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Billy and Dorothy Gaines, sister, Nancy Kaye Watkins, and nephew Mitchell Vice. Pallbearers will be Mike Hollaway, Tom Kilgore, Warren Sewell, Scott Vice, Billy Ray Watkins, and Zach Chandler. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of First Baptist Church Oxford. Mr. Gaines was a 1968 graduate of Alexandria High School and a former salesman at Sunny King Honda. He was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Oxford where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed playing softball and was an avid Alabama football fan.


  • Sandra Noell Gaines, Wife of 48 Years
  • Jennifer Gaines Sewell (Warren), Daughter
  • Angela Gaines, Daughter
  • Ashley Sewell Chandler (Zach), Granddaughter
  • Macie Kate Chandler, Great Granddaughter
  • Susan Vice (Eddie), Sister
  • Anita Kilgore (Tom), Sister
  • Lisa Hollaway (Mike), Sister
  • Arthur Watkins, Brother-in-law
  • Scott Vice (Mandi), Nephew
  • Billy Ray Watkins, Nephew
  • Taylor Ford, Nephew
  • Amber Russell, Niece
  • Brittany Ford (Kyle), Niece
  • Joshua Hollaway, Nephew
  • Justin Hollaway (Heather), Nephew



  • Visitation at First Baptist Church of Oxford Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service at First Baptist Church of Oxford Friday, June 28, 2019


  • Interment at Forestlawn Gardens


Larry Joe Gaines

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Mike Andrews

June 26, 2019

Gaines Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a great godly man and will be dearly missed. He was a huge presence not only in church; but in his community, church softball and FBC OXFORD functions. He will be truly missed here on Earth; but Heaven has gained a superstar.

Horace Carson

June 26, 2019

Dear Sandra and Family,
You are in our prayers. Larry was a very good man. I first met Larry at a Bible study being done by First Baptist Oxford. The group met at Hubbard's. From my first time there Larry make me feel welcome and a part of the group. We also sat next to each other at Soup for the Soul. If for some reason I missed either of these meetings Larry would always get extra handouts and give them to me at the next meeting.
May God's peace and comfort be with you now and in the days ahead.

God's blessings,
Horace Carson

Andrea Weems Abernathy

June 26, 2019

We had many many great times/memories with your dad on and off the softball field. He was always the one that could make us laugh, but would let us know when it was time to be serious. He was a precious man. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around you in this time of need.

Tim Embry

June 26, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Larry was always someone I looked up to. Our mutual love for softball and his willingness to teach the younger guys made for many good years. On top of the fact he was just a great guy and fun to be around. Much love to the Gaines family.

Claudetta Morgan

June 26, 2019

RIP. Praying for family.