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February 25, 2024

Gaither Ray Stikeleather

Gaither Ray Stikeleather

Gaither Ray Stikeleather, 83, of Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at his home.

Gaither was born April 23, 1938, in Alexander County, the son of the late Mack McKinley Stikeleather and Vitus Blankenship Stikeleather.

He retired from Gulf State with over 30 years of service. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, especially at Tri-Mart. He also enjoyed watching football, car racing, and eating meatloaf.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Childers Stikeleather; two sisters, Nella Mae Collins and Ruby Lee Burnham; three brothers, Jack Stikeleather, James Leroy Stikeleather, and Gene Wade Stikeleather.

Those left to cherish and honor his memory include his sons, Gary Goodman and fiancée Angel Hunt, Jeff Goodman, and Steven Goodman and wife Melissa; his sister, Brenda Kay Stikeleather; beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; special friend, Walter Hines; and special caregiver, niece Lisa Little.

The funeral service will be held at Noon, Friday, April 22, 2022, at Berea Baptist Church. Pastor Sheridan Stanton will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers include Bud Fox, Michael Bunton, Justin Spelce, Jason Mecimore, Phillip Stikeleather, and Jerry Stikeleather.

Honorary Pallbearers include Walter Hines, Craig Williams, Pete Stikeleather, Terrell Stikeleather, Junior Clary, Jerry Call, and Paul Stikeleather.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring in Newton.

Condolences may be sent to

Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the family of Gaither Ray Stikeleather.

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