|Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15
The Reverend Kelso Gaines departed this life on August 6, 1988 at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Baton Rouge. He was 95 years old.
Brother Gaines was a Gospel Preacher and a dedicated pastor who took seriously the command of Christ to, “feed my sheep. . . feed my lambs.” He served the following charges: Asbury, Macedonia-Pine Grove in the Shreveport District, Campti Ct. in the Alexandria District, Lottie-Blanks in the Baton Rouge District. He retired in 1954 after more than thirty years in the pastorate.
Brother Gaines was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Ham Gaines, and the husband of the late Ida Gaines. He and his wife were the parents of five children.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 9, 1988 at Wiley United Methodist Church, Blanks, Louisiana. The funeral was conducted by Reverends Nathaniel P. Perry, Moses T. Jackson, Sr., and Kenneth M. Fisher.
Rev. Gaines is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Rosalie Toussaint of Lottie, LA, Mrs. Ora Lee Lester of Los Angeles, California; three sons, Elton Gaines of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Milton Gaines of Lottie, Louisiana , Kevin Gaines of San Francisco, California; three daughters-in-law, Mrs. Velma Gaines of Baton Rouge, Mrs. Lula Gaines of Lottie, Louisiana, and Mrs. Bernice Gaines of Los Angeles, California; a foster son, Refus Keller and his wife; a brother, Jimmy Gaines of Chaneyville, Louisiana; a son-in-law, Herbert Toussaint of Lottie, Louisiana; twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare’s past; The Battle’s fought, the race is won, and thou art crowned at last. With saints enthroned on high, thou dost thy Lord proclaim, And still to God salvation cry, Salvation to the Lamb!
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1989, p.182 By Moses T. Jackson, Sr.|