May 12, 1937 - November 11, 2022

Mrs. Ann Gaynell Barber Gaines, age 85, a resident of Washington, N.C., and former resident of Clinton, N.C., died Friday November 11, 2022, at ECU Health, Beaufort Campus.

Mrs. Gaines was born in Goldston, N.C., on May 12, 1937, to the late Ferry Mason Barber Sr. and Emma Sophronia Bowman. On August 23, 1959, she married Max Reid Gaines Sr. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Washington. She was strong in her faith, enjoyed cooking, loved spending time with family and friends, and was very patriotic.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Max R. Gaines Sr.; three children, Laura Gaines Caldwell and husband Jeff of Williamston, Reid Gaines Jr. and wife Michele of Clinton, Gaye Gaines Haslam and husband Don of Greensboro; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Caldwell (Kristen), Trent Caldwell (Shelley), Anderson Caldwell (Alexandra), Taylor Sandlin (Blake), Ashton Brazell, Jacob Haslam, Grace Haslam, three great grandchildren, Roslyn, Sullivan, Corbin; a brother, Donald Barber of Sanford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Ferry Barber Jr., Charles Barber, and a sister, Marion Todd.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington. The family also received friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home in Siler City, N.C.

A graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday November 15, 2022, at Goldston Cemetery in Goldston, NC and will be officiated by Pastor Bruce MacInness. Pallbearers include Jacob Haslam, Jeffrey Caldwell, Trent Caldwell, Anderson Caldwell, Ben Gaines and Stuart Barber.

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