William Edward "Willie" Gaines, 84, of Maud, Okla. and formerly of Lodi, died Sept. 25 at a convalescent hospital in Seminole, Okla. He was born March 25, 1920, in Sasakwa, Okla.
Mr. Gaines lived in Lodi and Stockton before moving back to Oklahoma 45 years ago. He was a World War II Veteran, and served in the U.S. Army as a 1st sargeant. He married Grace L. Renfro in 1946 in Carson City, Nev. In 1975, he retired from Tinker Airforce Base in OKC. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Gaines, of Maud, Okla.; daughter, Doris Jean Ditter, of Salem, Ore.; sons, Larry Edward Gaines, of Tecumseh, Okla., and Terry Lee Gaines, of Horn Lake, Miss.; brother, Sidney Bert Gaines Jr., of Stockton; sisters, Nadine Murphy and Jewell Baker, both of Stockton, and Fay Nell Tyler, of Laurel, Md.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cummings Cemetery in Maud, Okla. with the Rev. Wayne Taylor officiating.
Condolences can be made at www.swearingenfuneralhome.com.
Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.