Lee Funeral Home, Inc.
Wayne Glenn Gaines, Jr.
(November 19, 1942 - November 21, 2017)
Wayne Glenn Gaines, Jr., 75, of Winona, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson.
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017, from 11:00 - 2:00 at Lee Funeral Home in Winona. Funeral services will be held
Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 2:00 at First Presbyterian Church in Winona.
Mr. Gaines was born in Batesville on November 19, 1942. He was a graduate of John Rundle High School in Grenada, where he was a
starting quarterback who broke many school records. He attended Mississippi State University on a football scholarship, and received a
Bachelor's of Education degree. His first coaching job was in his hometown of Grenada, where he taught and coached. From there he went
to Collierville High School, then Moss Point High School. After a hiatus from coaching, he resumed his coaching career at Winona
Academy. He finished his career as Athletic Director and coach at Winona High School. The school always held a very special place in his
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Glenn Gaines, Sr., and Edith Blakely Gaines. He is survived by his wife, Claire Allen Gaines;
daughters, Ashley Gaines Bauch (Stephen) of Germantown, TN, Heather Gaines Rodgers (Stan) of Winona; sons, Richard Todd Townes
(Krista) of Milton, GA, and Troy Blakely Townes of Grenada; one brother, Bill Gaines (Jan) of Marietta, GA; and his aunt, Patricia Blakely of
Sardis. He had eight grandchildren, Price and Parker Townes; Jack Kate, Ella, and Reed Bauch; Gaines Rodgers; and Brendan Wright. He
touched so many lives in coaching and loved all of his students. He loved his family and took great joy in spending time with his
grandchildren. He loved to laugh and always had a smile on his face. He was an avid golfer and founder of the golf team at Winona High
School. He attended Shongalo Presbyterian Church in Vaiden.
Memorials may be made to the Winona High School Beautification Fund at Bank of Winona, P. O. Box 231, Winona, MS 38967; or St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
|Rita and John Eldridge
What we will miss, heaven will gain. Always seemed so full of life and joy.
We will pray for you in the days ahead.
Rita and John
Troy and Myra Mitchell
Claire, Ashley, and Heather, we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and may God bless
you is our prayer.
Leigh Ann Blakely and Dennis Elrod
We were so sad when we learned of Jimmy's death. He was always a joy to be with, had a perpetual smile on his face
and laughter in his heart. He will surely be missed here, but we can only imagine the joyous reunion in heaven now.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With our love and wishes for your peace and comfort, Leigh and Dennis
We have lost such a wonderful man. He was a gentleman, a loyal friend, an exemplary mentor, and a blessing to the
community. Im so thankful he Impacted my life.
Claire, Ashley and Heather: So very sorry for your loss. I never saw Wayne that he wasn't laughing and making
everyone around him laugh. May God wrap you in His loving arms and give you comfort, strength, and peace as you
face the days and weeks to come. Love y'all.
Sat., Nov. 25 11 am - 2 pm
Lee Funeral Home
Saturday, Nov. 25 2 pm
First Presbyterian Church
|November 19, 1942
November 21, 2017