Sarah Elizabeth Gaines

September 15, 1933June 22, 2019

Sarah Elizabeth Ray Gaines, age 85, of Huntsville, AL passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at her home on Titus Street. Sarah was a lifetime resident of Huntsville, AL where she moved shortly after being born in Franklin, TN on September 15, 1933. She was graduated from Madison High School in 1951. She worked at Hale Brothers Furniture in downtown Huntsville for several years and retired from Huntsville Utilities in 1995 after 27 years of service. Sarah was a believer in Christ as her savior and was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church.   She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Virginia Ray, and her siblings, William Edgar Ray, Marjorie Ray Jones, and Martha Ray McCrary.   She is survived by her sons David Michael Gaines (Tammy) and Christopher Shawn Gaines, grandsons Benjamin Ward Gaines (Jenna) and Joseph Michael Gaines (Kaitlin), ex-husband David D. Gaines, sisters Ann Ray Cothren and Joyce Ray Medley, brother Tommy Ray, and many, many special nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Ben Gaines, Joe Gaines, Terry Medley, Jerry Medley, Jonathan Cothren, and Ryan Ray. Honorary pall bearers will include nephews Benny McCrary, Kenny McCrary, Jeff McCrary, Scottie McCrary, and Ricky McGee.

 Arrangements are being handled by Valhalla Funeral Home, 698 Winchester Road in Huntsville, AL. The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 27.  Funeral services will be conducted at Valhalla Funeral Home on Friday, June 28 at 11:00 am, with Rev. Terrell Boyd officiating. Condolences may be sent by way of Valhalla’s website: 


  • Visitation Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 28, 2019


Sarah Elizabeth Gaines

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Tina Cothren

June 23, 2019

I will always cherish all of our memories together. You were so precious to me. We have laughed and cried together. For years you loved my children so much and then came to love my childrens babies. My grands loved you so much and anytime you were around they were always happy to see you. I am going to miss you. Never heard you complain when you had every right too. My heart is broken you are gone but praise the Lord you are free from illness! I know we will see each other again and what a day it will be! Love you and rest easy.

Valhalla Funeral Home

June 23, 2019

When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrows to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for sake and in my name, live on and do all things the same,
Feed not on your loneliness or empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky.

Love, Granny