Carl Lorn Gaines, Sr.

  • Born: February 1, 1923
  • Died: September 30, 2011
  • Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas

Tribute & Message From The Family

Carl Lorn "Cy" Gaines, aged 88, of North Little Rock died Friday, September 30, 2011. Born at Ozark, Arkansas, February 1, 1923, to Mr. Earnest Gaines Sr. and Mrs. Rose Sears Gaines, he was a retired Chief Warrant Officer with the Arkansas Army National Guard, a veteran of World War II and a retired civil service employee, shop foreman for the Army National Guard combined support maintenance shop at Camp Robinson.

Carl was a member of Levy Church of Christ, Past Master of Mount Sinai Mason Lodge 749, chaplain, a 32nd degree Mason and longtime member of M.M. Eberts American Legion Post No. 1, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 47 years, Ouida Fay Wyers Gaines; daughter, Rose Mary Gaines Buffalo; and two brothers, Lewis E. Gaines, Jr. and Raymond Glen Gaines. He is survived by a son, Carl Jr. and wife Connie of Vilonia; daughter, Rhonda Gaines Finn and husband Rodney of Memphis, Tennessee; son-in-law, Robert E. Buffalo of Carlisle; brother, Jerry Gaines and wife Bonnie; and sister Addelle Sanders, all of Johnson County, Arkansas; grandchildren, Carole Acord, Mark Buffalo, Kimberly Sharpe, Lori Phillips, Jonathan Buffalo, Cayla Smith, Cathryn Gaines, Carey Wooley and Carley Gaines; great-grandchildren, Lorn Galliano, Ashlynn Sharpe, Devon, Heather, Kaitlyn and Emmy Buffalo, Meagan-Grace, Emma-Rae, Matthew and Eliza Phillips, and Kyle and Kenzie Smith, best friend Peggy O. Pierce and caregiver Butch McNespey.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday at Levy Church of Christ, Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock, with Brother Leon Barnes and Brother Garry Neal officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery, North Little Rock.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main Street, 758-1170.

Memorials may be made to Levy Church of Christ, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the Mt. Sinai Masonic Lodge 749.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Carl was an .inspiration to all who knew him. He will be missed.

Posted by mike cheek - fayetteville, AR - masonic brother   January 10, 2014

My Uncle Carl,

Was always a hero to me. He was such a good man and an even better Christian. It was hard to get back to Arkansas as my family grew and life happened, but he would email and always be so encouraging. I feel it to be a great privilege to have family like my Uncle Carl. I only hope my life can be half as good in reputation and deed.

I'm so sorry to Rhonda and Carl Jr. for your great loss. But how fortunate you are to have had a dad of such great character and virtue.

My thought and prayers are with you,

Glenda Mohr

Posted by Glenda Mohr - Springfield, MO - niece   October 29, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Gaines passing. I was his driver for 3 years at summer camp when we were in the Guard together. I remember the first day I drove for him...after formation, I took the jeep, drove over to the shop leaving him behind, not knowing I was supposed to wait on him. When Mr. Gaines arrived at the shop he didn't chew me out, instead he very sternly stated, "Don't you ever leave me again". We laughed about that day many times over the years then one day Mr. Gaines said "Glenn, do you know what upset me more than anything else was that I tore my pants when I got out of the back of the jeep that brought me over to the shop". I NEVER LEFT HIM AGAIN.
I remember Mr. Gaines as a very disciplined individual, always neatly dressed, shoes shined and close cut hair. What a great man. I will never forget him and will miss him greatly.
Glenn Cole

Posted by Glenn Cole - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   October 03, 2011

I am proud to call Carl my friend and Brother. I will miss him, but will always remember him. I pray we can meet in the Celestrial Lodge Above.

Posted by Harry Hoyt - Sherwood, AR - Friend and Brother   October 03, 2011

I met Carl and Peggy several years ago at Pulaski Technical College. I was an instructor in the Business Division. For some reason, they both took a liking to me and both Carl and Peggy took every computer class that I taught. Every semester they would call or come by the school to see if I was teaching any classes that they had not taken. I came to love them and think of them as family--not just friends. They were in my home for a Christmas brunch along with the class many years ago and we shared lunch together.

Carl was a true gentlemen and a wonderful Christian man and always treated me with respect and love. I truly loved this great man of God and look forward to seeing him again in Heaven. Our loss is Heaven't gain. I truly loved him.

Posted by Nancy Beary - Little Rock, AR - friend and formal teacher   October 03, 2011

I am saddened to hear that Mr. Gaines has left us here on earth, but have to be happy for him to know that he is in the presence of God. I have always had the utmost respect for Mr. Gaines...respect for him as a soldier, as a member of the lodge and as my Daddy's friend. I will be praying for your family.

Posted by C.J. Tyler Newton - Greenbrier, AR   October 03, 2011

I am deeply saddened to read of your dad's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tap Pace - North Little Rock, AR - Friend   October 03, 2011

I remember Cy when I first went to work for the National Guard at Stuttgart.
He impress with his expertise and memory of all things, names, numbers, and the willingness to help everybody. What a truely great Soldier and human being he was. I can almost hear him telling the Lord just the way things were and he would like to keep them straight. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know him. God Bless his family and may the Lord bring you comfort till we meet again.. Later Cy !!!!

Posted by Eugene "Beno" Duke SGM RET - England, AR - Good Friend w/Army Guard   October 03, 2011

I first met "Cy" in 1996, after he and the other brothers of Mt. Sinai Masonic Lodge #749, elected to initiate me into their brotherhood. I doubt anyone could have predicted what a journey that would be, but along the way, I accumulated many pleasant memories, along with a few important life lessons that have enhanced my appreciation of real friendship, morality, and brotherly love in the years since.

I know that one of the highlights of "Cy's" Masonic life, was getting to see his son, Carl, Jr., join the lodge and follow in his father's footsteps, working his way through the officers' chairs. I'm sure there were many memorable moments in that journey as well, and I'm glad the father and son were afforded the rare opportunity of enjoying that experience together.

"Cy" was one of the most pleasant and encouraging people I knew, and while I'm saddened at his passing, I'm grateful for the many good times we shared. My sincerest condolences go out to all of his family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Steve Maddox - North Little Rock, AR   October 03, 2011

We always looked forward to seeing him at Williams Cemetery Decoration each year and appreciated when he could be a guest speaker at the service. He will be missed.

Posted by Charles and Linda Carter - Ozark, AR - Cousin   October 03, 2011

Carl and Rhonda we are so saddened by the loss of Mr Gaines our thoughts and prayers are with yall. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to
visit with Mr Gaines in March at Dads funeral it sure brought back alot of memories. May God Bless You All Jim Reinold & Family

Posted by Jimmy Reinold - conway, AR - friend   October 02, 2011


Our deepest sympathies, I have very fond memories of my Uncle Carl.

Posted by Steve Sanders - Ozark, AR - Nephew   October 02, 2011