The family of Worth Gaines asks that you take joy with them in his life well lived. Graveside services will be Monday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at the Chapel of Davis-Morris Funeral Home at 11 a.m. The family will receive visitors at Davis-Morris Sunday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m.

Worth Gaines was born on Aug. 25, 1915, and returned to his creator on Oct.13, 2008, at which time he was reunited with his parents, Ike and Stella Gaines, and his sister, Grace Atkinson.

Worth served in the Navy during World War II learning the skills that would later become his vocation. He worked for McHorse Plumbing and Heating for many years and later started his own business, Worth Gaines Sheet Metal, where he worked until the age of 91. In addition to his sheet metal work, he was a cattle rancher working the land left to him by his father. Worth loved to share stories with his family of the times shared with his dad working the land that they both loved so much. Worth spent his “free” time focusing on his family. He provided a shining example to his family of unconditional love not only by the love and devotion he gave to his wife but also by the love freely given to each member of his family. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a man of integrity and taught his children and grandchildren the value of honesty. He was an active member of the Methodist Church until family responsibilities prevented his regular attendance. Even then, he made sure that his children were able to attend church any time they wanted to go. He was an avid reader and read books that increased his knowledge of the world around him. Books about Texas were some of his favorites. He was an animal lover and enjoyed caring for them from the Hereford cattle that he raised on his ranch to the many dogs and cats that were beloved family pets through the years.

Loving survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mickey Gaines; daughter, Mickey Jean Weathers, and her husband, Carl; and son, Phil Gaines, and his wife, Sylvia. Worth is also survived by his four grandchildren, Carla Lance and her husband, Allen; Debra First and her husband, Rick; Philip Gaines; and, Allen Weathers and his wife, Denise. Other survivors include his great-grandchildren Margo Knobloch and her husband, Shawn; Jeffrey Lance; Ricky, Billy, Henry, and James First; and, Rilyn Weathers; his great-great grandchildren Kade and Charles Knobloch; his nieces and nephews Ross Atkinson, Beth Atkinson, Karen Mullins, Sharon Warner, Sonny Oard, Chris Prasifka, and Ron Blake; those brought into the family by friendship Richard and Connie Montgomery, their children Nikki and Cody, Jerilyn Wilkerson, and Dawn Erdman.

The family also requests the favor of written “stories” of Worth on paper so that they can share in memories of their loved one. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to your favorite charity so that his desire to spread goodwill may be continued.

Condolences, memories, and tributes can be left for the family at www.mem.com.