Mr. Charles Ty­rone (Pop) Gaither

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Mr. Charles Ty­rone Gaither, 63, a child of God, was called peace­fully to eter­nal life Jan­uary 7, 2014, at his res­i­dence.

Charles, af­fec­tion­ately known as “Pop,” was born Sept. 14, in Covington, to Mrs. Vir­ginia A. Gaither and the late Mr. Willie O. Gaither. He re­ceived Christ at an early age, and was reared in Mur­ray C.M.E. Church in Covington. He grad­u­ated from New­ton County High School, and was em­ployed with Gibbs Con­struc­tion as a crafts­man/skilled la­borer for many years, work­ing un­til his health de­clined.

Charles en­joyed me­chan­i­cal work and mo­tor­cy­cling. He was an Eph­e­sians hus­band to his wife of many years, whom he af­fec­tion­ately called “San.” To this union was born a son, Charles’ best Brian Gaither. He en­joyed qual­ity time with fam­ily and friends.

Charles was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Mr. Willie O. Gaither; pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Mr. & Mrs. Willie Lee (Bertha) Gaither; ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Mr. & Mrs. Jim (Zelma) Belcher; one aunt, Mrs. Beu­lah Gaither-Smith; and one brother, Mr. Ken­neth Gaither.

Charles is sur­vived and fond mem­o­ries will be shared by a sup­port­ive and du­ti­ful wife, “San” San­dra Gaither; a car­ing and nur­tur­ing mother, Mrs. Vir­ginia Gaither; one son, Bryant (Michele) Gaither, of Covington; one sis­ter, Brenda (Leroy) Nol­ley of Cony­ers; two broth­ers, Vir­gil Gaither of Covington and Cur­tis Gaither of El­len­wood; one aunt, Ray (Geral­dine) Moore of Covington; two un­cles, Johnny (Dean) Gaither of Cony­ers and Ch­ester (Loretta) Gaither of Mon­ti­cello; and a host of in-laws, nieces, neph­ews, other rel­a­tives and friends.

Charles is eter­nally grate­ful to his wife, San­dra, and daugh­ter-in-law, Michele, who pro­vided him with hu­mil­ity and com­pas­sion­ate in-home hospice care to pre­serve his per­sonal dig­nity un­til God called his spirit to eter­nal life.

Funeral ser­vices were at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Mace­do­nia Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, Covington, with the Rev. Ty­rone Lane, pas­tor, and the Rev. F.A. Dyer, eu­lo­gist, as­sisted by oth­ers. In­ter­ment was in the church ceme­tery. Fam­ily and friends served as pall­bear­ers and

The fam­ily of Charles Ty­rone “Pop” Gaither ex­presses its heart­felt thanks for all acts of kind­ness shown dur­ing this time of be­reave­ment. born Nov. 19, 1923, in Cum­ber­land, Ky. He was the son of the late Nick and Jane Ison.

Maj. Ison joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940 at the age of 17. He fought his way across II, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sev­eral close calls along the way. In 1945, he was in the third wave to land on Iwo Jima - a mem­ber of the Fourth Marine Di­vi­sion, the Fight­ing Fourth. Iwo Jima pro­vided an iconic mo­ment in Marine Corps and Amer - ing on Mount Surib­achi. Maj. Ison was crit­i­cally wounded at Iwo Jima when a B-29 bomber landed in the fox­hole with him. Dur­ing World War II, he also served on Saipan and in other cam­paigns. Maj. Vic Ison earned a Pur­ple Heart on Saipan af­ter vol­un­teer­ing for a de­tail to re­cover troops lost in en­emy by a sniper, but stayed to com­plete his mis­sion of re­cov­er­ing the bod­ies of Amer­i­can soldiers.

Maj. Ison left the Marines in 1946 to en­roll in school for mem­ber­ship in the Spe­cial Ser­vices un­der Pres­i­dent Harry Tru­man, but re­turned to serve his coun­try dur­ing the Korean War, this time as a com­mis­sioned lieu­tenant in the U.S. Army. Dur­ing his ten­ure in Korea, he was crit­i­cally wounded a se­cond time, this time in a Jeep wrecked while be In this in­ci­dent, the “Ma­jor” sus­tained a crushed pelvis. Vic Ison con­tin­ued to serve his coun­try, achiev­ing the rank of ma­jor be­fore his re­tire­ment in 1962.

Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from mil­i­tary ser­vice, Maj. Ison be­gan a se­cond ca­reer with the state of Ge­or­gia in the role of Su­per­vi­sor of Ex­am­in­ers for the In­dus­trial Loan Depart­ment in 1963. He re­tired from state govern­ment in 1988 with 25 years of ser­vice.

Maj. Vic Ison was a faith­ful mem­ber of Ox­ford Bap­tist Church. It was im­por­tant to him to be in church ev­ery Sun­day un­til his last days. He was pre­ceded in death by his wife, Fran Ison; his par­ents, Nick and Jane Ison; broth­ers, Manous (Matilda) Ison and Henry (Florence) Ison; and sis­ters, Goldie Barnes, Cle­dia (Arnold) Ison, and Mary (Ben) Kirby; and son-in-law, Harold Brown.

Maj. Ison is sur­vived by four daugh­ters, Teresa (Alan) Ta­bor, Sandi (Tom) Woodall, Becky Brown, and Karen (John) Car­roll; grand­son, Matt Loper and grand­chil­dren, Tammy (Brown) and Matt Schroeder, Kyle Woodall, Alisa (Ta­bor) and Ed Hof­mann; and great-grand­chil­dren, Collin and Car­son Schroeder and Inara Hof­mann.

He and his fam­ily are grate­ful to his de­voted care­givers, Vera Hen­drix, Latoya Cook­sey and Cather­ine Smith; and to his best friend, Ron Barker. Also, a spe­cial thanks goes to Dr. Jim Stiller­man and his staff, along with the staff at Abbey Hospice, for the kind­ness and con­cern shown to the “Ma­jor” and his fam­ily.

Funeral ser­vices will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at Ox­ford Bap­tist Church, with the Rev. Andy Brown, Dr. Tracey Brin­son and - at­ing, and en­tomb­ment fol­low­ing in Mem­ory Chapel Mau­soleum at Lawn­wood Memo­rial Park. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Cald­well & Cowan Funeral Home, 3134 Floyd St., Covington. Flow­ers are ac­cepted, or do­na­tions may be made to the Wounded War­rior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 or got@wound­ed­war­rior­pro­ject.org

To place on­line con­do­lences, visit www.cald­welland­cowan.com.

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