Avery Pierce Gaines

August 24, 1995April 8, 2018

Avery Gaines

Avery Pierce Gaines, age 22, of Ringgold, GA, was tragically taken from those that love him much too soon on April 8, 2018. Avery was a very loving, gentle spirit who loved nothing more than making others smile. Quick with a kind word, a tender hug, a loud laugh, and sometimes the most inappropriate thing said at the most appropriate time, Avery will be remembered by those whom he loved as one who treated everyone as a neighbor, never met a stranger, and as always being willing to give the shirt off his back to you when you needed it.

Avery is survived by his father, Jeremy Gaines, his loving mother, Domekia (King) Gaines, two brothers; Jonah (21), and Kale (10), two sisters; Ellie (16) and Anna (3), and his grandparents, David and Donna King, of Calhoun, GA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jerry and JoNann Gaines. Numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins all knew and loved Avery as well.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 10, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church 8451 East Brainerd Rd. in Chattanooga. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. Eric Mullinax and Dr. Dan Steere officiating.

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Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Avery Pierce Gaines

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Marilyn Struthers

April 21, 2018

We have known Avery for many years through our church. Avery and my darling husband, Danny Andrew Struthers, are next to each other on this page of the Chattanooga Funeral Home. I like to think that Danny has helped to welcome Avery home to heaven and is perhaps mentoring him at this time.
Marilyn Struthers

Heidi Skantz-Brewer

April 15, 2018

I met Avery through my son. They both played Magic. Since Avery was homeless at the time, he slept on our couch many time. He was the best! Always positive and so generous. I took all my kids and Avery to movies last summer. I paid for all tickets and Avery insisted on paying for our drinks. I loved when he was over because he brightened whatever room he was in. We love and miss you.

Dennis Sherrell

April 11, 2018

Just a short not to express our deepest sympathies. Words do not suffice our sincerest condolences.
Respectfully, Dennis and Rhonda Sherrell and family