Gertrude Wheeles Gaither
A life beautifully lived was the life of Gertrude Wheeles Gaither, known to her family and friends as Gertie or GG. Gertie passed away at the Clay County Nursing Home on Saturday, March 21 after a long and hard fought battle with Alzheimer's disease. We rejoice that she is now in the presence of the Savior she followed so faithfully and is resting in His arms. What joy it must be for her to see Him face to face!
There is much we loved about her. She had a wonderful sense of humor that she displayed up until the very end, her family meant everything to her and she knew what mattered most in life. She was always a loving and selfless mom, wife and friend and was a faithful follower of Christ.
Throughout her life Gertie embodied the Christian life. She loved and feared God, she loved his creation, she practiced hospitality, she loved others and she lived out her faith in an authentic and practical way. She leaves behind a family who loved her and will miss her deeply but we are thankful that we do not grieve as those without hope. " Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary affliction is producing for us an abundantly, incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Can there be rejoicing in death? We believe so. For now we have a temporary separation from her but we can look forward to the day when we are reunited with her in a place without sin or illness. We trust in a God who walked this earth and knows what it is to suffer loss and feel desolation. This is the God who Gertie put her trust in and she is with him now. Her earthly mission is over and her faith has now turned to sight.
Gertie was the daughter of the late Arthur and Janie Wheeles and was born in Ashland, Alabama on July 7, 1926. She and her beloved husband, Pete Gaither, owned and operated Gaither Gas Inc. for 28 years and were married for 57 years. She is survived by three sons and two daughters in law and one daughter. Scott Gaither, Steve (Sharon) Gaither, Stan (Allison) Gaither, all of Ashland, AL and Sharon Gaither Fisher of Valdosta, GA. She is survived by 9 wonderful grandchildren that she loved dearly; Starr Gaither, Shaunda (Ryan) Gaither Mitchell, Sheree Gaither, Ryan Gaither, Sloan Gaither, Logan Fisher, Shea (Cameron) Fisher Buescher, Sara Gaither and Sam Pete Gaither and 5 great grandchildren; brothers Harold Wheeles and Guy Wheeles, sisters Wilma Washington and Anita Upchurch. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.E. "Pete" Gaither, one sister, Evelyn Wheeles Henry, one brother, Ralph Wheeles , her beautiful daughter in law Roseanna "Rogie" Gaither and her favorite son in law, Michael Fisher.
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus there will be no visitation or service. A private family graveside service will be held. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Big Oak Ranch, which can be made at www.bigoak.org or P.O. Box 507, Springville, AL 35146.
Published on March 22, 2020

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LaTasha Dobson
Mar 24, 2020
Mrs. GG will always have a special place in my heart. She was one of my favorite residents when I worked at Willow Wood. We would often chat about many different things, but most importantly our faith in God. She will truly be missed by all. Her smile was infectious and if I was having a bad day she would always say something to cheer me up. I send my prayers and condolescences to her family and ask God to wrap his arms of love and mercy around them at this time.