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Graveside Ceremony: 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Powers Cemetery
Those attending are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery.
Larry Omer Gaines, age 69, of Flora, Illinois, left the earth to be with his Heavenly Father, Tuesday night, April 13, 2021, at the Burge House in Flora.
He was born July 13, 1951, in Xenia, Illinois, the son of Omer P. and Wanda (Simmons) Gaines. He married Brenda McCollum Kilduff in 1987.
Larry was a 1972 graduate of Flora High School. He was very proud to serve Unit #35 School District as custodian at McEndree School where he retired in 2013 after 40 plus years of service. Larry enjoyed listening to Flora Wolves football and basketball games on his radio. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. He loved listening to music and some of his favorites were various bluegrass and gospel groups. Larry was a true believer in Jesus Christ, attending church as often as he could and when he was unable he would listen to the services on his radio.
He is survived by his 2 sons: Larry Allan Gaines of Flora, and Kyle Brent Gaines of Louisville; stepson: James Kilduff of Olney; mother: Wanda Gentry of Flora; 4 sisters: Jeanette Coggin of Flora, Deana Anderson of Flora, Caroline Cannon of Altamont, and Goldie Shaw of Newport, TN; a half-brother: Ivan Gaines of Tennessee; and his special cat: Black & White.
He was preceded in death by his father; a sister: Mary Lou; half-brother: John Gaines; and a half-sister: Modena Green.
A graveside ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Powers Cemetery with Bobby McNeely officiating. Those attending are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Hospice or DaVita Effingham Dialysis and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence visit: www.frankandbright.com
Dear Larry Allen, Kyle and James: I’m so sorry to hear about Larry. He was a fun friend and always called me Old Man”, because I was just a little older than him. We’ll be praying for all of your family. Love You Brad
Wanda, Deana, Jeanette, Carolyn, Goldie and Families: We are saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. We are happy for Larry that he no longer has to deal with a sick body. Knowing that he is healthy and whole and is with Jesus makes his passing easier to cope with the loss. Personally, Larry was a good and longtime friend. Professionally, he was liked and respected by the administration, teachers and students of Flora CUSD #35. There will never be another Larry! You’re all in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Larry❣️
I love you Dad you are the best Dad ever!
Larryallan and Kyle: We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good man and liked by all who knew him. He will be missed. Keep your memories close. Your dad will always be with you in your heart. You’re in our prayers.
Larry we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending prayers and hugs to you and all the family.
Condolences to all the family from Larry's classmates, both near and far. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Larryallan, I am so sorry for your loss. You were a great son and made your dad proud. Thank you for making sure he got to the class reunions. He enjoyed them and we were always happy to see him, and you. Comforting hugs to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Wanda, Deana, Jeanette, Carolyn, and Goldie; words can't express how very sorry I am at Larry's passing. I have a lot of good memories when you lived down the street as we were all growing up. Larry was a fine and good man who was respected and well liked by all who knew him. I didn't see him often lately, but I will miss the smile and hug when we did see one another. The world needs a lot more people like Larry. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So sorry for your loss. We will miss him at the reunion. He always had a good time and talked to everybody he could. He was kind to everyone.
So sorry for your loss.
Larry and Kyle, so sorry to hear the loss of your dad. He was a kind, hard working man. Prayers for you both and your dads family.
Larry was a man of a kind and good heart. Always speaking and usually had a joke or two share or something to kid about. He was a pleasant man and faithful to His Lord Jesus! Our sympathies to the family!
He was a special Uncle of mine that will always have a place in my heart. Uncle Larry was a one of a kind , we were only seven months apart in age and in school he never wanted me to tell anyone he was my uncle, he always said he wasn't old enough. I will miss him, but I know he is in the arms of our Lord with his family that gone on before him especially my mother.Love and miss him until we meet again!💜
We are so sorry for your loss. Larry was a great friend, person and excellent dad. He was a large part of the Flora Community. He was always kind and a hard worker, never a bad word for anyone. He will be so missed. Prayers for the family, a good family. 🙏🙏
So Sorry, we offer prayers for the entire Gaines family. Let me know if you need anything.
Larry was such a good guy. We're so very sorry to hear this.
So sorry to hear about Larry he was such a happy and fun person he will be missed
We are so sad to hear of Larry's passing. He was such a sweet person! I enjoyed the many years that I worked with Larry at McEndree School.
Such a great man. Fly high Larry!
Loved Larry’s friendly personality and jokes. Heaven bound.
So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friend's of Larry.
So sorry for your family. Larry was always so happy and a friend to everyone he met he will be missed.
I’m so sorry to hear this news. Larry was a great man. We are praying for you all.
Larry has always been a friend to everyone. He loved people and they loved him back. Prayers to his kids because they meant the world to him. Prayers to the rest of his family. Rest in peace my friend.
RIP Larry!! You have earned your reward!!
Kyle, you and your family have my prayers for this difficult time. the good Lord will see you through.
Sending my thoughts snd prayers to the family. I met Larry when he was in the sixth grade at Washington School. He became a real friend. Such a kind hard working person. He will certainly be missed.
KYLE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR DAD I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YA OF U NEED TO TALK ILL BE THERE FOR YA
Larry & Kyle so sorry for your loss, prayers for you both
Keeping all of you in my prayers for comfort and peace. Larry was such a kind, thoughtful and hardworking man. He will be missed.
Larryallen I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He was such a sweet man and was loved by many. I will be praying for you and your family.
Larry will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind and giving man. He will be missed by all. Rest in Peace Larry. Prayers for his family
I am so saddened to hear of Larry's passing. But I am glad, too , because he is bow out of pain, and I am sure he is happy with Jesus. Won5 it be a happy reunion when we all get to Heaven? Let me know if I can help any way. Love you all.
No more suffering and no more pain ... RIP LARRY
Larry & Kyle,we are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very kind man with a gentle soul.
Wanda sorry about loss of your son Gary
I remember Larry as a guy who always smiled, liked to kid others, and was always likeable He seemed to be known by everyone. A good guy.
Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with all of Larry’s family. We went to high school with Larry and remember him as a kind soul. Always upbeat and smiling. Rest In Peace Larry 🕊
So sad to hear of Larry's passing. I enjoyed visiting with him while he was custodian during my Student Teaching time under Denise Wood. I also attended church camp with his sons. He was a very nice man. Prayers for his family.
Larry Allan and Kyle, I am so sad to hear of your dad's passing. I know how much you will miss him. Hugs to you both.
We love you you re the best uncle ever may you rest in peace we will never forget you
Larry Allen, Kyle, and Family, Remembering you in prayer. Your Dad was one of those who never let a kind word and smile go to waste. Hold to your memories.
Larry was extraordinary example of care, love, consideration of others and hard work. My grand father George Murphy would collect Larry for Sunday school at the Nazarene Church in south Main.. Debbie King, Dennis Schell and myself would attend. I haven't seen Larry since the days of 66-72 but his memory has been with me for years. May his memory be a blessing. Tyler Smith
Goldie, So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I Remember him from church at the First Church of God. He was always happy and smiling. RIP Larry.
Larry was a great guy. Always happy to do anything for anybody ❤️
Larry was a kind and good guy who always strived to do his best, He loved a good laugh and spread much joy. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
We are so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Hugs and prayers go out to all the family.
So sorry Kyle and Larry about your dad's passing he was a wonderful man I enjoyed working with him over the years at school one of the best janitorial workers our school ever had you are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏
Larry was such a hardworking man. I worked with Larry at McEndree school and if I asked him for something it would always be done right on the spot. He was alway smiling and loved to make people laugh.
Nice and caring man you could ever meet had the pleasure of knowing him while attending grade school prayers for the family
We will miss Larry's smiling face and kind heart. His favorite hymn was Onward Christian Soldiers which I'm sure he is singing up in heaven with his Jesus. Rest in peace, our friend.
Larry was always Happy. He will be sorely missed. He was a Big Fan of 4ForOne when we were performing. I remember him as being a positive influence on everyone he was around. He is in a better place
Prayers for all. We will always remember Larry’s smiling face and his Christian behavior.
So sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. I always remember him with a smile...he was a kind, hard working guy! We are all so much better for having had Larry in our lives. God bless you all as you cope with this great loss.
Larryallen, Kyle and family, We send our deepest sympathies. Larry was one of a kind janitor! He was always so proud to have worked so many years at McEndree. He always had a smile and never missed a time to tease! He will be missed by so many! Hugs and prayers!
Larry will be missed. He was such a kind, hard working, funny guy. He loved to lovingly ‘pick’ on us all. It was evident in his love for the Lord and Cardinal baseball. After a good fight, he can finally rest. Prayers are with all his family in knowing that he is now at peace.
Sorry to hear the news. Larry always continued to be friendly and fun to talk to over the years. Know he went through a rough time. Praying for you all.
Larry was a big part of the family. He married my cousin Brenda and raised 3 amazing boys. He was a husband and father. R.I.P. Larry you will be missed and loved. Praying for the family.
Our deepest sympathies to everyone!!! Larry was a rare human being!! God is welcoming into heaven!!! Mom and dad will be there to greet him as well!!!! ✝️🙏🙏🙏
Larry was a really awesome human being with the biggest heart you can imagine. He will be sadly missed.We will miss you dearly Brother!!!
So sorry for your loss. Larry was a good man. Always loved to talk and laugh. Comforting Prayers 🙏 too all
I was the lunch lady at McEndree School for several years. Larry was a great guy. Always friendly. A hard worker. He was just a joy to know. Praying for his family🙏🙏🙏
SORRY TO HEAR OF LARRY'S PASSING. I WENT TO GRADE SCHOOL WITH LARRY AT XENIA YEARS AGO . HE LIVED LIFE TO THE FULLIST. LARRY WILL BE MISSED AND AM SURE HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE. RIP LARRY
I remember Larry as a kind hearted man. He always had a smile on his face. A really nice guy. Very sorry to hear of your loss,may God Bless You.
Larry was a fun, loving, sometimes silly friend whom I will miss terribly. Just seeing him always brought a smile to my face! I look forward to seeing him greeting me in eternity!
It was an honor to be able to spend the last few days with Larry and his family at The Burge House. Thank you for trusting in our care.
I love you Dad and I miss you and I know that you are home in Heaven with God the Father.