Barbara Lou Gaines

September 29, 1945August 5, 2018

Barbara Gaines, 72 years old, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday Morning at her residence. She was born in Decatur, Ga on September 29, 1945 to David W. Poplin and Jacquelin C. Poplin of Atlanta. Her family moved to Rome to operate Poplin Central Shoes. She attended West Rome High School and was the Chieftain’s Solo Majorette for three years. After graduation she attended Jacksonville State University for two years. After college she worked for Sears (where she met her husband), Chester Reality, and Fox Manufacturing. In 1968 she began her career in Retail Sales for Belk’s where she worked until 2003 as the Shoe Department Manager. She was a long-time member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She is preceded in death by her Parents and Grandparents. She is survived by her Husband of 52 years, John S. Gaines Jr., A Son, Phillip Gaines, A Daughter, Tracy Gaines, A Grandson, Aidan Gaines, A Daughter-in-Law, Tammy Gaines, A Brother-in-Law, Norman T. Gaines and his Wife, Jane Gaines.

She loved her Dog Bart, Her Family and Her Friends.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 9 at 10:00AM at the Family Plot in East View Cemetery with Rev. Greg Lund officiating. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.

In Lieu of Flowers please make donations to: Animal Rescue Foundation Rome Floyd Inc. at or call 706-622-1098.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 9, 2018

Barbara Lou Gaines

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Pam Adams Williams

August 14, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. Growing up she was my idol as solo twirler. I would ride my bicycle by her house and watch her practice. She taught me several things. I just remember her being so very kind to a little girl who wanted more than anything to be a majorette in the band! I never missed a football game watching Barbara twirl at half time, or down Broad Street in the parades. My daddy would also let me go to the band field to watch them practice after school. Barbara brought me a lot of joy as a child. Thank you for the memories Barbara, RIP!