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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

David Gaines

David Clayton Gaines was born the son of Clayton Omar Gaines and Eva Lou (Sorrell) Gaines on May 3, 1960, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life March 23, 2014, at his home in Guthrie, Oklahoma, at the age of 53 years.

He is survived by his double uncle and aunt, Thomas and Myrtle (Gaines) Sorrell of Guthrie, Oklahoma; six other uncles, Herbert Gaines, Jr. of Thayer, Missouri, Victor Gaines and wife, Julia of Scaranton, Kansas, Ray Gaines of Provo, Utah, Leon Sorrell of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Sam Sorrell and wife, Sharon of Bartlett, Kansas, and Paul Sorrell and wife, Lynette of Verona, Missouri; two other aunts, Lois Adkins and husband, Cliff of Riverton, Iowa, and Martha East of Las Vegas, Nevada; step-mother, Roberta Gaines of Guthrie, Oklahoma; best friends, Johnny Ray Bennett and Rusty Mooney; a whole host of cousins; other relatives; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Eva Lou Gaines; and his sister, Ruth Ann Gaines.

David was a carpenter by trade, but much more than work, he loved riding fast horses. He competed at rodeos in team roping and team penning events, winning saddles and other accolades. He was truly a good-hearted guy and was glad to be a friend to everyone. He was known to keep a good number of horses on the farm and have friends out for a Saturday afternoon trail ride. He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, as well as an occasional fishing trip.

David knew the love of our Wonderful Savior. He was well loved by his large family and many, many friends. He will truly be missed.

Funeral Services for Mr. Gaines will be held at 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Phil Gellenbeck and David’s uncles, Paul Sorrell and Carl Shaffer officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Saturday morning, March 29th, from 9:00 until 11:00 AM.

Burial will be in the Church of God Campground Cemetery in Myrtle, Missouri.



  1. Ralph and Betty (Reynolds) Rogers, Linda and Marla
    March 25, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    We are saddened and shocked by the sudden death of David. He was a very sweet, quite cousin that we love and will miss. Prayers to the Gaines and Sorrell family.

  2. Jacque Langley Cowens
    March 25, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

    So sorry to hear of Davids passing..he was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed by all that knew him..much love and many prayers for the family..LOVE CRICKET

  3. Glenda Yates
    March 26, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    I will miss David when they have rodeo’s at the rodeo arena. Every time i seen David he also had a smile and laughing.

  4. Debbie Rose
    March 26, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Thoughts and Prayers to all of David’s Family and Friends. I haven’t seen him much for several years, but we had some wonderful times together, when we were younger. I will miss you my Friend and will always hold on to the wonderful memories.

  5. Clemmie Aaron
    March 26, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    Sorry for the loss of a wonderful young man he was loved. He will be greatly missed. I can see him & Chad riding their horses across a open field.

  6. Brenda Baldridge
    March 26, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Rip David we had some great times together. We will meet again on that golden trail in the sky. May God bless your family and friends and comfort them.

  7. Carolyn Strauser West
    March 28, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the family of David, he was a very good man and friend. Have several happy memories of David and his cousin Keith Rogers and good times they shared. David will be missed by many that knew him.

  8. Cindi Poulson
    March 28, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    I’m heartbroken over David’s passing. I’m blessed to lots of great memories of David. My prayers to his family and friends. He was an amazing man and great friend.

  9. Vicki Chritton-Myers
    March 31, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    So sorry to hear the news. Prayers sent to all whose lives he touched.

  10. Tim Hugo
    February 19, 2021 @ 12:39 pm

    David was a good Christian, and he was a perfect country Gentleman. David taught me how to start and ride a motorcycle, when we were like fourteen years old during the Myrtle Campmeeting.