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Larry Gaines

Jul 13th, 1951 - Apr 13th, 2021

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:  



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Brad Harris

April 14th

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

Class of 2001

April 14th

Bud & Linda Martin

April 14th

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❣️

Kyle Gaines

April 14th

I love you Dad you are the best Dad ever!

Bud & Linda Martin

April 14th

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.

Steve & Misty Wheeler

April 14th

Larry we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending prayers and hugs to you and all the family.

Class of 1972

April 14th

Condolences to all the family from Larry's classmates, both near and far. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Debbie King Casell

April 14th

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.

Debbie King Casell

April 14th

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.

April 14th

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.

"Class of "74"

April 14th

So sorry for your loss.

Doug and Nancy Mills

April 14th

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.

Bill and Robin Atwood

April 14th

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!

Rhonda Evans

April 14th

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!💜

Rick and Trudy Stanford

April 14th

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. 🙏🙏

David Bryden & Family

April 14th

So Sorry, we offer prayers for the entire Gaines family. Let me know if you need anything.

Charlie and Patty Peters

April 14th

Larry was such a good guy. We're so very sorry to hear this.

Willie and Dana Johnson

April 14th

So sorry to hear about Larry he was such a happy and fun person he will be missed

Curtis and Holly Leib

April 14th

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.

Steve and Nancy Mink

April 14th

Such a great man. Fly high Larry!

Dean and Jill Lewis

April 14th

Loved Larry’s friendly personality and jokes. Heaven bound.

Meryl Woods Jr

April 14th

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friend's of Larry.

Nick & Vera DeWeese

April 14th

So sorry for your family. Larry was always so happy and a friend to everyone he met he will be missed.

Stephanie Coble

April 14th

I’m so sorry to hear this news. Larry was a great man. We are praying for you all.

Sammie Wickiser

April 14th

Sharon David

April 14th

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.

Mike & Connie Spitzner

April 14th

RIP Larry!! You have earned your reward!!

Cheryl McCarty

April 14th

Kyle, you and your family have my prayers for this difficult time. the good Lord will see you through.

Becky Stanford Stocke

April 15th

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.

Meloni Whitten

April 15th


Randy Stanford

April 14th

Larry & Kyle so sorry for your loss, prayers for you both

Brenda McCormick Miller

April 14th

Keeping all of you in my prayers for comfort and peace. Larry was such a kind, thoughtful and hardworking man. He will be missed.

Shawn Kirby

April 15th

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.

Karen Lewis

April 14th

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

Edna Sebring

April 14th

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.

Little Ketchup

April 14th

No more suffering and no more pain ... RIP LARRY

Chris & Bev Britton

April 14th

Larry & Kyle,we are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very kind man with a gentle soul.

Marsha Bunnage

April 14th

Wanda sorry about loss of your son Gary

Mark Henson

April 14th

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.

Susan and Jim Allison

April 14th

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 🕊

David and Roxi Guinn Family

April 15th

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.

Cathy Croy

April 15th

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.

Char and Kristina

April 15th

We love you you re the best uncle ever may you rest in peace we will never forget you

Pat Burt

April 15th

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.

Tyler Smith

April 16th

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

Shannon and Annetta Brooks

April 15th

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.

Violet Brinkley

April 15th

Larry was a great guy. Always happy to do anything for anybody ❤️

Joann Stanford

April 15th

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.

Norma and Ivan Barnett

April 17th

We are so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Hugs and prayers go out to all the family.

Wayne and Diane Becker

April 14th

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 🙏

Andrea Spicer

April 15th

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.

Danielle williams

April 15th

Nice and caring man you could ever meet had the pleasure of knowing him while attending grade school prayers for the family

Jim and Linda Grove

April 15th

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.

Harry Penry

April 16th

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

Paul & Jo Ann Rose

April 16th

Prayers for all. We will always remember Larry’s smiling face and his Christian behavior.

Jane Snyder

April 17th

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.

Mary Beth and Tom Lancaster

April 15th

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!

Rob & Angie McKnight

April 15th

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.

Sherry Kuhlig

April 17th

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.

Beverly White

April 17th

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.

Terry Igert

April 15th

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!!!! ✝️🙏🙏🙏

Scott Sullens

April 15th

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!!!

Peggy Shroyer Leigh

April 15th

So sorry for your loss. Larry was a good man. Always loved to talk and laugh. Comforting Prayers 🙏 too all

Cheryl Moore

April 15th

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🙏🙏🙏


April 17th


Justin and Carolyn Lake

April 17th

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.

Alice Robinson

April 20th

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!

Mike & Tammye Burge

May 4th

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.

Kyle Gaines

November 17th

I love you Dad and I miss you and I know that you are home in Heaven with God the Father.



Artdean,Angelia Warren &family
Barb Bright
Darrell & Stacy Smith
Pete & Esther Walker
Gary & Nancy Pearce
Kyle Gaines
Dana and Janet Franklin
Debbie King Casell
Class of 1972
Brad and Debbie Harris
All 70's Reunion
Brenda Rinehart
Lana Yates Forsythe
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Mary Anne Pittman
Class of '74 Flora Township Hugh School
Casey and Deb Eastin
Kenny & Sherrie Sessions
Alan Huff
Bill and Robin Atwood
Rhonda Evans
Rick and Trudy Stanford
Clara Booth
Chad and Elizabeth Bayles
Sharon Harnden
Carolyn Powless Taylor
Randy and Lori Poole
David Bryden and Family.
Charlie and Patty Peters
Diana & Greg Rutland
Brian & Tina Humphrey
Brian and Brenda Streif
Don and Mary Smith
Barbara brown
Curtis and Holly Leib
Joanne Hillderbrand Rogers
Marilyn Stanford
Mark Dunnigan
Cobie Welty
Joe and Sue Martin
Bill & Jill McDonald
June Payne
Steve & Misty Wheeler
Don Jane and Darren Delaney
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Kevin & Tina Lewton
Gary & Debbie Perry
Danny Fitzgerald
Pat Ridgeway
Bryan & Gayla Land
Ron and Shirley Payne
Bill & Sara & Pam Tooley
Calvin and Anita Lake
Tony gray
Phillip and Robin Corry
Vickie Buckley
Jim and Brenda Thompson
Joann Stanford
Kye & Lori Hemphill
Bud and Linda Martin
Jean Guerrettaz
Ryan, Nicklaus and Parker Martin
Maureen Tolliver
Ken and Tammy Haven
Larry and Sue Kramer
Glenda Cooper
Keith Petard
Judith Plotz
Stephanie Coble
Class of '77
Clay Snyder
Ray, Shannon & Shad Rutland
Nick & Vera DeWeese
Tony and Janice Randall
John Spitzner and Mary Hutchens
Steve and Cindy Valbert
Gale & Liz Beard
Joshua Ferguson
vickie hill
Ilene Jackson
Roger Green
Dennis and Candace Goodman
Larry & Sue Williams
Meryl Woods Jr
Dallas & Amanda Clark and family
Mike & Connie Spitzner & family
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Cheryl McCarty
Tina Henson Branham
Lori & Monty Shehorn
Lisa Bute Glenn
Toni Clark Lee
Norman Philli[ps
Joe and Karen Anderson
Gina Douthit
Don & Kathy Hale
Carla Colclasure
Kim and Shari Hamilton
Brad Yates
Cody & Kristen Lynn
April Rose Stevenson
David Eastin & Family
Jerry and Gayla Mayo
Mary Graham
Jerry and Ann Hearring
Cody and Emily Glassford
Jill and Jim Fehrenbacher
Chris & Bev Britton
Steve and Ruby Barnes
Becky Stanford Stocke
Billye Young
Larry Frost
Don & Ruth Ann Lusk
lucy eckelberry and will landreth
Mary Kae Owens
Jim and Susan Allison
Rick and Becky Williams
Melissa eikenhorst
Dan and Deb Greenwood
Chris and Sara Wright
Bosco and Kathy Gibson
Steve and Carol Oestreich
Tom and Maria "Button" Pemberton
Kaye White and Family
Barbara (Wathan) Cantrell
Brian & Kim Scarbrough & Family
Tim & Cindy Enyarr
Randy Stanford
Mike Krutsinger
Linda ( Rodgers) Cammon
Jason mcknight
Charleen and Kristina
Diane and Wayne Becker
David and Leah Forth
Bob and MaryJane Dodge
Bob and Beth Hilliard
Phil & Jane Henson
Bryce & Grace Henry
Class of 2001
Norma and Ivan Barnett
Janet Weber
Walt & Doloris Brewer
Dennis Martin and Family
Beverly whitey
Dan and Sherry Kuhlig
Josh Jocko Hinkle
David and Sue Burt
Tarena Hayes
Dan& Cheri Gill
Chuck and Nancy Buchanan
Georgianna Diener
Georgianna Diener
Doug Briscoe
Dan & Mary Patridge
Gerald and Virginia Dennis
Becky (Fitzgerald) Murbarger
Jim Fry
Jennifer borton eric jones
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Steve Persinger
Vonnie Mehaffey
Ed and Debbie (Cartright) Crown
Dorothy Uebinger
Cecelia Cardascio
Tom and Mary Beth Lancaster
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
Tanya laughlin
Steve and Janis Hubble
Walter J. Chaney
Betty and Duane Bryant
Betty Tucker Simmons
Nanci Thompson and Family
Lenny and Marie Henson
Landon and Kaitlyn Eade
Scott Sullens
Bill and Inez Copelin
Marsha Kroeger
Myron and Gail Woomer
Gary & Terry Lane
Dale Nicholson
Joe and Barb McGrew
The Holloway Family
Peggy Shroyer Leigh
Peggy Coble
Cheryl Moore
Don Tenney
Randy Beard
Class of 1973
Steve and Ruby Barnes
Tim and Julie Pearce & family
Robert,Leanna Snell & Kaylyn
Cecil, Tara, Charley & Dani Shelton
Mildred Grubb
Susan Schroeder
Tom & Connie Greenwood
Dean and Jill Lewis
Kyle Gaines


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