Joseph Carson Gainey

October 16, 1956 - October 13, 2021
Joseph Carson Gainey


Joseph Carson Gainey, age 64 of Wilmington, NC, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Joseph was born in Jacksonville, NC on October 16, 1956. He was preceded in death by his father, George Louis Gainey; mother, Loretta Mae Gurganus Gainey; and grandson Cameron Tyler Carroll.

Joseph is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Rae Driscoll Shirer Gainey; daughters Heather Marie Carroll, Maria DeAnn Williams (Chad), and Jamie Nicole Gainey; grandchildren Morgan Bailey Carroll, John Dakota Patrick, Madison Brooke, Carson Brian Masters, Colin Joseph Stone, and Caleb Williams; Great-grandchildren Malayah Marie Davis and Elijah Stanley Lane; brothers Mitchell “Mickey” Gainey (Lynda) and Marshall Gainey.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on October 30, 2021, 2pm at the family home.

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  • October 24, 2021
    Tom Curley says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers for Rae, Mickey and his entire family.

  • October 23, 2021
    Harvey D. Waite says:
    My condolences for the passing of Joe. He will be missed.

  • October 22, 2021
    Jody Harker says:
    Sorry to hear about Joe. Had no idea about his health. Hope to see you again buddy.

  • October 19, 2021
    Craig Yarboro says:
    I am sorry to hear of Joseph's passing. I remember all the Gainey's growing up. He was a few months younger than me, and my prayers to family.

  • October 15, 2021
    Nancy L Jordan says:
    I am so sad to have lost such a great guy. Joe (and Mickey) were my team leaders for playing pool. Joe gave me some good advice in my game of pool. He will be missed dearly. Sending hugs to his family. RIP Joe.