GREENSBORO Mack James Gainer was born in Arkansas City, Kansas on July 22, 1924, transitioned to Heaven peacefully on January 23, 2013, having lived 88 years.
As a young child, Mack moved with his family to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He was the third oldest child of six born to Tom and Clara Llewellen Gainer, both of whom preceded him in death. His siblings fondly called him "M.C." His wife of almost 60 years, Hattie Booker Gainer, referred to him lovingly as "Gainer. " His devoted children, Patrick "Butch" Gainer, who preceded him in death, and his daughter, Elizabeth "Libby" Gainer James knew him as "Daddy." His grandchildren called him "Pa Pa." To all, he was known for his wonderful sense of humor, for his willingness to care for his family, and for the gentle kindness he extended to everyone he met.
Mack joined the US Army in 1942, serving with the 3878th Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company for three years before he was honorably discharged. While he was on active duty, Mack served in France, Germany and throughout Central Europe during World War II. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon, four Bronze Service Stars, a World War II Victory Ribbon, and an American Theater Ribbon. After returning to Bartlesville following the war, Mack attended St. Augustine's College located in Raleigh, NC, in 1953 after receiving an athletic scholarship to play football.
Mack was employed by the Greensboro City School System where he worked for several years. He then joined the U.S. Postal Service in 1974 where he served until he retired in 1987.
Mack joined Trinity AME Zion Church where he was a faithful member until his death, attending church regularly until his health declined.
Mack leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Hattie Booker Gainer; his daughter, Elizabeth Gainer James (Everette) of Greensboro; his grandchildren, Patricia Gainer and Melissa Slade, both of Greensboro; his sister, Tommie "Tweet" Green of Aurora, CO; his brother, Herman Gainer (Brenda) of Gary, IN; two sisters-in law, Myrtle Booker Lockley (Cecil) of Angier, NC and Mary Booker Smith-Morrison of Raleigh, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church located at 631 East Florida Street, Greensboro, NC 27406. The family visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. with services beginning promptly at 12 p.m. The interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park located at 3600 US Highway 29 North, Greensboro, NC.
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