Junius Robert Gaither Jr.

January 12, 1923June 23, 2013

Junius Robert Gaither, Jr. ( Bob) passed away at home early Sunday morning June 23, 2013. Bob was born on January 12, 1923 in Newton, North Carolina to the late Junius Robert Gaither Sr. and his wife Helen Long Gaither. Bob was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Newton having served as an Elder and a Deacon, a lifelong supporter of Newton-Conover High School, Davidson College and the St. Louis Cardinals. Bob graduated from Newton Conover High School and the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Davidson College. While at Davidson he volunteered to serve in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged at the end of the war as a Lieutenant JG. He returned to Davidson to complete his studies and graduated in 1947.

In addition to his wife of more than 65 years, Grace Williams Gaither, he is survived by his three sons: Hugh Gaither and wife Julie of Newton; Michael Gaither and his wife Libba Gaither; and, Andrew Gaither and his wife Maryann. Additionally, he is survived by eleven grandchildren and seven great grand children. He was preceded in death by his sister Marion Gaither Cline of Hickory. Bob was a lifelong member of the Newton-Conover Rotary club and was recently recognized with the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Memorial award in Honor of Lifetime Service above Self for 2013. He was a longtime member of Catawba Country Club. He worked his entire life at Ridgeview, Inc., serving in many capacities including President and CEO and finally retiring as Chairman of the Board. During his lifetime he was active in numerous charities in Catawba County including Love ‘n Care Day Care Center and Sipe’s Orchard Home, serving on that Board for many years. He served for many years on the Board of the National Association of Hosiery Manufacturers based in Charlotte.

Bob was a lifelong and very accomplished golfer, having won a number of tournaments during his life and having a love for playing on a number of courses, but his most favorite included Catawba Country Club and Linville Golf Club. He most enjoyed golf with his family, including his wife, his sons and his grandsons.

Willis Reynolds is in charge of arrangements and the service celebrating his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday the 25th of June, 2013 at 11:00 o’clock A. M. with a receiving to follow immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church building fund or the charity of their choice.


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June 25, 2013

Grace, Hugh, Mike & Andy (and the rest of the kids and family)...I honestly have never met a better man that Bob. I worked at Ridgeview almost 11 years in the office. All of the Gaither boys were good to me; however, Bob always took the time to ask me how I was, and then after I had children he asked about my kids. They went to the daycare there, that was a wonderful daycare. I didn't get to see you today Grace to hug you. I pray God comforts you and holds you tight. You are an amazing woman. I am glad he had a good long life, plus didnt suffer. Loved seeing Albert and Susan too, and many others. Julie, sorry I didn't get to see you, but your kids are amazing. My career started at Ridgeview....lots of memories with you all. I hope you all stay close together during this time and lean on each other.l Bob Gaither left a legacy that is for sure! XOXO Jamie Lee (formerly Hoyle)

Jodean Riley

June 25, 2013

To the Gaither Family,(Grace)
I am so sorry to hear about Bobby. What a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and man. He was one of the nicest persons I have ever met and so are you Grace. I could not have found any one and or any one family to be the perfect grandparents for Joshua. Thank you and your family for always being so wonderful to Josh and our family when we come to visit. Jodean Riley and family(Joshua)

David Higgins

June 25, 2013

Our Deepest Sympathies
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Todd Hemphill

June 24, 2013

Bob was a great guy, and I always enjoyed being around him, even as a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with Grace, Hugh, Mike and Andy.
Todd Hemphill

Mike Moore

June 24, 2013

Many will miss the memory of Robert Gaither. He did many things for many people yet staying behind the scenes.
Missed by many and I will be one of them.