French W. Gainer Obit
I found this in an old copy of the "Signs of the Times".
Deacon French W. Gainer, son of Elder George E. and Mary J. Gainer, was born August 10th, 1869, and departed this life August 15th, 1926, making his stay on earth 57 years and 5 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Sallie Hymes November 2nd, 1903, and to that union were born five children, two boys and three girls: Hubert H., G. Gene., Mary S., Martha K. and A. Ruth, all living. He is also survived by his wife, mother, three brothers and four sisters who mourn his departure. Brother Gainer had been a member of our church for sixteen years, and was deacon for fifteen years. He and sister Gainer were faithful in their duty, and were always looking to the welfare of the church and were faithful in caring for those who came from a distance. When we meet at the church and see his seat vacant we are made to mourn. He was firm in the doctrine and talked it and lived it. A few days before he passed away Elder J.N. Bartlett visited his bedside and he requested brother Bartlett to stay through the night with him, which he did. He loved the brethren and loved to talk with them on the doctrine of predestination. He was ready to speak a word in behalf of the church at any time or place. My wife and I would always stop at brother Gainer's on returning from meeting while they were on the farm, and when he told me they were coming to Belington to live I was built up, and thought how nice it would be to have a family of Old School Baptists in our town; and it was nice. My wife and I were with them very often, and I was present when he passed away. All was done that could be for his relief, but the Lord saw fit to take him from us and we have to be submissive to his will. His body was consigned to the tomb near the old home, at Little Bethel, his home church. The writer tried to speak words of comfort to a large concourse of relatives and friends.
Written by one who esteemed him highly for the truth's sake.