Elmer Gerald Gaines, 76, of Rockwood, Tenn., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at his home.

Most everyone knew him as Gerald, but those closest knew him as Paw. He was a longtime resident of Spring City and a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He loved crappie fishing, hunting and had a unique ability to get people to smile with his keen sense of humor.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Cecil Gaines Jr. and Velma Mincy Gaines; sisters, Sandra Gaines Perry, Barbara Gaines Byrd, Shirley Gaines Godsey, Patricia Gaines Kast and Pamela Gaines Johnson; brothers, Harold Gaines, Bill Gaines and Terry Gaines; and son, Duane Gaines.

Survivors include his son, Kris (Nicole) Gaines of Kingston, Tenn.; daughter-in-law Carolyn Gaines of Oliver Springs, Tenn.; grandchildren, Chasity Gaines, Jeremy Gaines and Micheal Gaines and, “Paw’s Buddy” Colten Gaines; great-grandchildren, Tyler Gaines, Jacob Sloan, Makyla McCarroll, Abel Gaines, Ayden Byrd and Heaven Gaines; brother, David Gaines of Niota, Tenn.; special nieces, LaShawn Gaines-Peoples and Cindy Gaines Jacobsen both of Spring City and Debbie Godsey Henningfield of Mechanicsville, Md.; several other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at Evans Mortuary. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon in the mortuary chapel with Minister David Pryor officiating. Gerald’s remains will be laid to rest in East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier) in Knoxville, Tenn., at a later date.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org. https://secure.dav.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app313a?df_id=18815&mfc_pref=T&18815.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=E88A4F367434D3894872A3500692DA1E

An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.biz. Evans Mortuary; 805 N. Gateway Avenue; Rockwood, Tenn., is serving the family of Elmer Gerald Gaines.