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Hollis Gaiters was born on March 10, 1943 in Bronwood, Georgia, the son of Essick Gaiters, Sr. and Rosie Lee (Bell) Gaiters. He attended Terrell County schools. In 1960 at the age of 17, Hollis moved to Newark, New Jersey to live with his oldest sister. He later returned to Georgia, and in 1965, he met and married Lillie Mae Brown. From this union, three children were born: Jacquelyn Deniece (Ronald) Gaiters-Jordan, Kimberley Suress (Frederick) Gaiters-White, and Christopher Bernard (Danyal) Gaiters.
No stranger to hard work, Hollis worked for over 30 years at Dawson Manufacturing Company where he was affectionally known as “Gator” among his circle of friends. In addition to his many years of dedication as a press operator, Hollis was also a gifted craftsman with numerous skills including brick masonry, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening. He was well known for having a yard filled with beautiful plants and flowers.
While in New Jersey, his friendly and outgoing personality lead him to befriend a young man who introduced him to the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which Hollis eagerly studied and received. He was baptized as a servant of Jehovah in 1963. Through the journey of life, Hollis gradually slowed up in his activities with his friends and spiritual family and was inactive in spiritual activities for a number of years. However, in his later years, he re-dedicated his life to Jehovah, and was active in studies until his declining health prevented his participation.
Hollis was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Essick Gaiters, Jr., and sisters Precious Lee Anderson, Josephine Williams, and Henrietta Williams. He leaves to mourn his loving brothers and sisters, Mary Deloris Craddock, Leroy (Joyce) Gaiters, Rosemary Cook, Larry Gaiters, Lenora Brown. He also leaves his children, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Hollis will forever be remembered for his love of people and his generosity. He was the type of man who would give you the “shirt off his back”. In honor of his generous nature, in lieu of flowers, please donate to efforts in your local area supporting medical personnel, first responders, and organizations assisting those impacted by the current crisis. Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, a memorial will be scheduled on a future date when family and friends will be invited to celebrate his life.
The Gaiters Family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, GA 31909, 705-577-0055. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory of Mr. Hollis below.
Kattie yarbrough says
Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Gaiters family
Dr. Joy Lawson Davis says
Sending my love and prayers of comfort and peace to your entire family, Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-White. I know your pain, but I also know that your faith will carry you through the days ahead. Blessings to all,
Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
Ramona Floyd says
Uncle Hollis you was more like a second dad to me than my uncle growing up you was always there for me no matter what. You was truely one of a kind and that will NEVER and can NEVER be replaced. And, I love the relationship you and my baby had she love her some uncle Hollis, not a day went by she didn’t ask to go see you I just really wished she could’ve had more time with you. I always say what uncle told you and she remembers she’ll say ” Don’t let no Lil boy or girl be smarter than you.” Thanks for always being there uncle you will truly be missed. Love you always 😘 Melissa and Charmae your Mae Mae
Barbara Fleming says
To the family of the late Mr. Gator a man of integrity who show this in my childhood in those generations men’s help their neighbors with LOVE and Honor making sure ever house hold was well. Thanks Sir for being that extended Uncle and great friend the Brooks Family from Jacksonville Florida will always cherish the moments. #Familyforeverneigborhoodconnectandraisedthevillagetogether
Mary Henderson says
Condolences to the Family, a special and loving person whom everyone had the pleasure of meeting, may God bless your soul, even though your flesh is not here, your love will forever be within their hearts and you shall always be remembered now and always. Rest on till we all meet again. From The Fields and Henderson’s 💕💕💙💙💙💤😇😇😇🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
David Adewuyi says
Much as don’t want to part with our loved ones, it’s just inevitable when God’s time comes. Be comforted by a life well spent by your father. May his soul rest in peace.
Professor David Adewuyi.
Frederick White Sr and Marilyn White says
the entire White family would like to express our deep sorrow felt by the passing of Mr. Hollis Gaiters. He was the father of our beloved daughter-in-law, Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-White and the father-in-law of our son Frederick White Jr. May God’s grace and mercy continue to be with the entire Gaiters family.
Melissa Casablanca says
Chris and Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all! Please know that we will be praying for your family.
Melissa Casablanca and Family
Schnelle Washington says
THS Class of 1989 would like to send our deepest sympathy to the Gaiter Family. Mr. Hollis Gaiters was a friendly person. To my sister Kim, we the THS Class of 1989 is there for you if you need us. May GOD continue to strengthen you all in this time of sorrow.
Janice and Gayland Brown says
Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and comfort now and in the days ahead.
Laverna Knighton says
Deepest sympathy to the Gaiters family.
Johnnie Harvey says
Minnie Rabon Brown says
To The Gaiter Family, Sharing In Your Sadness As You Remember Hollis, My Deepest Sympathy
Dennis Shorter says
Praying Afro your family. My Condolence to you and your family
Carol Fishel says
My deepest sympathies to the Gaiters family. Chris, your Moreland family is praying for peace and understanding for your family.
Melanie Perry says
Please know that the Moreland Staff is praying for you all! We all treasure the stories Chris shares with us about his sweet family! Y’all are a very special family!
Moreland School Family
Buford V. Gaiter Jr says
My condolences to the Gaiters family, may God continue to be with you through this time of need. Not sure if we could be distant relatives or not but I feel a connection because of our names and some of the facts I’ve read in the obituary.
Prayers from the heart!
Beverly Gaiters says
To the greatest uncle Ever, you’ll truly be missed. I’ll never forget how great you were and continue to rest in heavenly peace. I love you always❣️
From my family and I.
Beverly, Chelsie, Ricardo Jr & Ricardo Sr.
Kimberely Jordan says
My deepest sympathy to the family
Cousin Jamie says
God bless you all Jackie, Kim, Chris and Aunt Lil. I certainly do wish I could’ve attended the service, but know that I pray for you all. Love you much.
Cousin Gayel says
To Jackie, Kim, Chris and Aunt Lillie –
Our prayers and condolences are with you in the loss of Uncle Hollis. Praying for your peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. I will cherish my memories of him growing up as a little girl in NJ ❤️
Diane Ponder says
This is such a time to realize how short life is. Even though it has been months since I last seen uncle Hollis but yet it seems like it was just yesterday. Oh how I wish my time spent with him could have been more. He was so great at encouraging me to be better and he didn’t have a problem complimenting me when he would see or hear that I did something well, and I am forever grateful for that. Let’s do a lot better at spending more time with our love ones because you may never know whose next. Love y’all Jackie, Kim and Chris !
Going to truly be missed everything I know about any came from your teaching you was the first person to teach me how to fish and work with my hands going home to see family is not going to be the same 😢😥 keep resting in peace 🙏 uncle/pops
Daphne Gaters says
To the Gaiters Family :
My condolences in the passing of Hollis. I got to know him well when he lived in NJ. It is heartwarming to know how much he impacted the lives of so many people.
Jerry B Walker says
My deepest sympathy to The Family. From Jerry LaWondas Mother.