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Paul Eugene Gaither Jr.

September 28, 1945November 4, 2019

Paul Eugene Gaither, Jr., age 74, of Conover, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019.

Born September 28, 1945 in Surry County, he was the son of the late Annie Mae Simmons Gaither and Paul Eugene Gaither, Sr.

A US Army Veteran from 1968 - 1970, Paul served with Vietnam deployment from November 8, 1968 to November 9, 1969 in the 2nd Bn 27th Inf. Wolfhounds of the 25th Inf. Div. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart (1st OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Franklin Martin “Moe” Gaither; brothers, Charles Eugene Gaither, William Jerry Gaither; nephews, Mike Gaither and Mark Cockerham.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Beth Hedrick Gaither; sons, Charles Eugene Gaither and fiancée, Jessica Schiefelbein, Paul Vernon Gaither and wife, Sarah; grandchildren, Charlotte Gaither, August Gaither; nephews and nieces, Greg Gaither, Raymond Leatherman, Matthew Hedrick, Tracey Hedrick, Amanda Hedrick, Grace Mecimore; sister, Marie Cockerham.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 4420 County Home Road, Conover, NC 28613, with Rev. Scott Bollinger officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Purple Heart Homes, 755 Washington Ave., Statesville, NC 28677 or to Camp Bud Schiele, 668 Boy Scout Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139.


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 9, 2019


Paul Eugene Gaither Jr.

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Ed de Torres de Torres

November 14, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Paul's passing todayas I was out of State. I would have come to his funeral if I had been here. He was a wonderful man, who always supported his son and scouting. He was an honored veteran who deserved to be singled out at CIS and other powwows. We hope you as his family are doing well. My deepest condolences. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with this great loss. May the Lord welcome him in his arms. Ed de Torres

Jeff and Meldonna, Alex and Matt Gray

November 9, 2019

Our family thinks the world of Paul. Even though we have not kept in touch the last few years, Paul will always be a friend close to our heart.

Sue Rogers

November 8, 2019

Love and prayers for your loving family. Paul Gaither has always been a charismatic, loving, caring person. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I have nothing but great memories of Gaither. Always steady, charming and calm. Until now, I never knew he went by so many different names.
Love always,
Aunt Sue

Ben Mastin

November 8, 2019

Truly a good guy and one of a kind. I was so happy to have seen Jim at our EHS class reunion September 2019.
May Jim Rest In Peace.

Russell Duncan

November 8, 2019

Russell Duncan Co B 2/27th Wolfhounds 67/68 RIP Woulfhound

Gary Huber

November 7, 2019

RIP my Wolfhound Brother.
Co. A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds) 1967-1968

Russell Edwards

November 6, 2019

Sorry to hear we've lost Paul, I knew him as Jimmy, RIP my fellow Nam vet! The man with a world class mustache! Prominent memories include his '55 Chevy of many colors & the night he surprised me at our VFW meeting after not seeing him for several years. My favorite I guess was one day when in Basic Training at Ft. Bragg I spotted a familiar blue El Camino parked by the permanent party barracks. Jim had returned from Nam and was assigned to the rifle range Cadre. Anyway I sneaked over to have a quick visit, Jim invited me in for a look see. A basic trainee visiting an NCO barracks! Quite an experience, I'll never forget!

Len Hermanns Jr

November 6, 2019

Gabby, rest in peace my friend. I will always remember the good times with you at the Vietnam reunions in Melbourne, FL. It was an honor and a pleasure knowing you.


November 6, 2019

Paul thanks for the friendship and memories.

Karen Maga

November 6, 2019

Rest In Peace, Gabby. We will miss your smiling face and jokes.