William Gaines

William Barco Gaines

Wednesday, May 25th, 1938 - Friday, December 11th, 2020
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William B. “Bill” Gaines, 82, of Palatka, passed from this life on Friday, December 11, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay following a brief illness. Born in Palatka, Bill lived most all his life in Palatka and was a 1956 graduate of Palatka High School. He attended Auburn University. Bill was an automobile salesman for over 50 years, having worked at Bainbridge Motors, Palatka Ford and Beck Chevrolet (formerly St. Johns Chevrolet). Prior to entering the auto industry, Bill worked a short period of time at Hudson Pulp & Paper Company. In years past, he had been a member of the Palatka Jaycees. Bill enjoyed working in his yard and was an avid Auburn Tigers fan. He had joined St. Monica Catholic Church in 2017.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Sue Gaines, his parents, John F. Gaines and Marian Barco Gaines, 2 cousins, Sarah Urquhart and Caroline Stanton as well as his aunt and uncle, Wilma and Cicero Murray who were instrumental in his up-bringing following his parents passing.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Joni Swiger (Matthew) of Palatka, a brother, John Gaines of Zephyrhills, 4 grandchildren, Kelly Purcell, Corey Purcell, Jason Purcell and Caisley Swiger and 2 cousins, Margaret Buchner (Bill) of MS and Yancy Madden of Ormond Beach.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Friday, December 18, 2020 at St. Monica Catholic Church with Father Ron Camarda as officiant.
Due to the Covid 19 virus, all attending will be required to wear a facial covering and practice social distancing guidelines.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be made to Rodeheaver Boy’s Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road, Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Bill’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Service

    Friday, December 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, December 18th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Monica Catholic Church
    114 South 4th Street
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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    Father Ron Camarda
  • Interment

    St. Monica Catholic Cemetery
    316 Osceola Street
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Debbie Faulkner

Posted at 08:37am
Sending our heartfelt condolences to all of Bill's Family. We saw him recently at a Palatka Panthers Football game, where he was watching his grandson play ball. It was good to see him. Always so polite, with such a sweet smile ... runs in the family. Joey always enjoyed working with him and still recalls many of their great conversations. May you hold him near and dear to your hearts always. Love and Prayers to the Gaines Family.
Sincerely, The Faulkner Family


Posted at 03:35pm
Mr. Bill was one of the professional man that I have known. He cared about his family, his customers and his company...very dedicated person...he will be missed.

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