Larry Wayne Gainey

September 19, 1944 - February 12, 2010
Larry Wayne Gainey


Larry Wayne Gainey, 65 of Wilmington passed away February 12, 2010 at his residence.

Larry was born in McColl, South Carolina on September 19, 1944 to Arthur L. Gainey and Ada Viola Long Gainey who preceded him in death. In addition to his parents Larry was preceded in death by his sisters Bessie Gainey Williams and Myrtis Gainey Satterfield, brothers Bruce, Archie and Robert L. Gainey, and stepdaughter Angie Downs.

He is survived by his wife and love of his life Bessie L. Gainey, children Tim Gainey (Sarah), Bryan Gainey (Stacy) and Sonjia Paguio (Francis), stepchildren Tammy Cribb (Jimmy), Michelle Prevatte (Harold), grandchildren Tiffany, Jailyn, Hunter, Savannah, Emily and Colin, 10 stepchildren, several step greatgrandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Larry served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1965 and grew up around Spofford Mill “Mill Hill”. He loved to tell stories about the “Mill Hill” here in Wilmington and the great friends he made there. He also spoke often of the great friends he made while working at the GE Plant, from which he retired. His life passion was fishing and golfing. There wasn’t a local fishing hole he couldn’t tell you all about and loved to share “local fishing secrets” with anyone who would listen! Those secrets and love of fishing shall live on through his sons.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service. Graveside service will be 11:00 AM Monday February 15, 2010 at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Reverend Delton Williams a life long friend officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Northside Baptist Church.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • February 13, 2010
    Beverly Gainey Brigman says:
    What a wonderful, wonderful Uncle. I will miss him.

  • February 14, 2010
    Mrs. C. Dunmore says:
    Our heavenly Father knows the pain you are going through and he "is near to those broken at heart." (Ps.34:18) We have the promise from him that he will soon remove sadness, mournig, pain, and even death from the earth forever! (Rev.21:4; Ps.37:29) At that time there will be a reuniting with our loved ones. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15) Have full confidence in God's promises. He never lies. (Isa.55:11; Titus 1:2)

  • February 15, 2010
    Patsy Stephens Woodcock says:
    Wayne & many others including his first wife, Kay, had many wonderful times growing up in a great neighborhood. We all knew the joy of having wonderful parents who worked very long & hard to see that we had things we needed and if there was money enough, many things we didn't need but wanted. Neighbors loved each other & were always there to lend a hand when needed. Children played together outside instead of watching TV & playing video games all day. Wayne was an integral part of my wonderful childhood. He will be missed. Patsy

  • February 16, 2010
    Lindsay Stone says:
    You were loved by many. I am sorry the boys and I could not make it. You will be in our prayers.