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Rev. Frank Gaines, Sr.

  • On December 8, 2020

The Reverend Frank Gaines, Sr. was born in Macon Georgia on December 20, 1936.  He departed this life and entered eternal rest on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020.  Frank was the son of the late Frank Stratham and Rebon Howard.

Reverend Gaines was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a jet mechanic.  He later had three children to follow his military footsteps: Theresa Gaines (U.S. Navy), Derennen Gaines, (U.S. Air Force), and Frank Gaines Jr. (U.S. Army). Preceding him in death was their mother, prior spouse and friend, Catherine V. Gaines of New Castle, Pa.  Also preceding his death was his brother Samuel and sisters, Nettie Mae, Genie, and Rose.

Frank had a great love of music, a skilled guitarist who had the pleasure of playing professionally in bands with such great musical artists as James Brown and George Benson.  He later attended and graduated from a variety of ministerial schools and rendered unto his local church his time, talents and resources for nearly 3 decades as well as other local ministries and community needs of Pittsburgh.

Frank Sr. Also leaves to cherish of his memories his three grandchildren, Christina Nicole, Chelcia Jouvanne, and Frank Gaines III; great grandchildren, Ms. Brittne, Naledge and Nubian; sisters, Audrey and Ellen; a host of nephews and nieces and many loving friends.  Reverend Gaines will be wonderfully and preciously missed.  We relinquish to him the scripture he used to comfort the bereaved ” To be absent from the body is to be “present” with the Lord”.  We love you Dad! ????

Private arrangements were entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, Robinson Township, PA. In lieu of our current pandemic, memorial gifts such as cards, flowers and other treasures or donations can be received at 4803 Addison Road #204, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

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Dana Young
  • Dec 9 2020
Anne Brunson
  • Dec 9 2020
Dear Theresa and family, May God comfort you, Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Heal and
Iris Davis
  • Dec 11 2020
Theresa, may God comfort you and be with you and your family during this time. (Revelation 21:4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Theresa Gaines
  • Dec 14 2020
Dearest Dad, I thank God for allowing us to experience the love you gave to your family, your extended family, the church and others that crossed your path. I was speaking to some of your congregation members lately and they shared wonderful memories of knowing you.....To God be the glory! Family members have reiterated some of your personality traits (reminding me of myself (smiles) letting me know that some things are truly genetic! :), This temper of mine is going to require prayer-lol! They also shared that in your latter stages of dementia, you NEVER FORGOT how to share! I was told you would literally pass out money to people you did not know to assist them or just to brighten the days of others...As CHRISTIANS, We both know that "it is MORE blessed to GIVE than to receive. I guess if something is embedded in your heart nothing can really separate it from your true essence. I personally thank you for my CHRISSY DOLL you purchased for me, back-n-the-day. Against the odds (me telling you I did not like baby dolls, I fell in love with that doll! I believe it marks about the 50th anniversary, since you gave it to me. Thank you for the overseas and stateside letters, phone calls, White Christmas tree you sent to Italy for my daughter (our request), and never forgetting to honor my daughter during the holidays. You and mom's GREAT love of music has left a beautiful impression on my heart....Though I love the church and the Lord dearly, I can assure you that no-one will ever take beautiful secular music away from me ( Though gospel, with you also, is our favorite.) Thank you for showing mom, you could be a friend though you guys divorced. I believe that meant something special to her! My soul is resting, knowing that your souls are resting. I know that your souls have been anchored in Jesus! Well......I never did get a chance to spend time with you at Disney World/Land as I wished, but your NEW land offers far more joy, peace, and splendor! Forever loving you....Theresa Lynne.
Doris Wilson
  • Dec 14 2020
Dearest Thresa: I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your father, I wanted you to know you and your family are in my prayers. Brother Frank was a dear friend. He truly loved The Lord, his church and his music. God Bless you all. Sister Doris Wilson