Michael R. Gaines

Michael Ray Gaines, 63, passed away peacefully at his home after a long struggle with lung cancer on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Lexington.

He was born on February 5, 1951. Our beloved Mike was a graduate of Frankfort High School. He was a Navy Veteran and retired from State Government (Libraries & Archives), as well as the VA Hospital in Lexington.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Elizabeth Graves and father, David Gaines.

He is survived by one daughter, Tynisha Calhoun; a step-daughter Brooke Berry; two sons, Michael Shayne Gaines and David Ray Wideman; three brothers, Freddie Williams, Thomas Barnett and Troy Gaines; eight sisters, Wanda Jackson, Blanche Jackson, Cynthia Jackson, Anita Booker, Terrie Jackson, Donna Jackson, Alice Jackson and Melanie Barnett. Mike also leaves to cherish his memory 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two special aunts, Bernice Combs and Geneva Smith; and a special uncle, Thomas Graves, in addition to a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Also left to treasure his memory are two special friends, Lois Morris and Sharon Parrent. A celebration of life is pending.

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