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Donald Penn Gaines, Taylor Co., KY (1939-2017)

He joined the KY National Guard while still in high school and served for eight years. He attended Falls Business College in Nashville, TN and after coming back to Campbellsville, worked at Citizens Bank. He later started working at Production Credit. He appraised real estate for First Federal Bank (now Community Trust Bank) for more than thirty years and also served on their Board for twenty-one years. He also served as City Clerk from 1980 - 1990. He has built and sold more than forty houses. Donald was a member of the Elk Horn Masonic Lodge #568 F & AM and was also active in the Shriners. He served on the Taylor County Conservation District Board for thirty-seven years and also served two terms as a Commissioner in the KY Soil and Water Conservation Commission from 1997 - 2005. His wife of 35 years, Carolyn Gaines, survives. He leaves one direct and 7 step living descendants.
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Donald Penn Gaines, 78, of Campbellsville, KY, son of the late Lee Gaines and Lorena Russell Gaines, was born April 16, 1939, in Taylor County, KY. He died on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the age of 78.

The funeral services will be at 1pmCT/2pmET, Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, by Rev. Don Gowin. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, 200 Block W Main Street, Campbellsville, KY. Visitation will be 4pm-7pmCT/5pm-8pmET, Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.


Donald Penn Gaines, Taylor Co., KY (1939-2017)


Donald Penn Gaines, 78, of Campbellsville, KY, was the son of the late Lee Gaines & Lorena Russell Gaines. He was born April 16, 1939, in Taylor County, KY. He died on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the age of 78 years, five months, and 19 days.

He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Mannsville, KY.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur "A.R." Russell Gaines and his wife, Betty Ann and a step-daughter, Deidre Beene.

He joined the KY National Guard while still in high school and served for eight years. He attended Falls Business College in Nashville, Tennessee and after coming back to Campbellsville, worked at Citizens Bank. He later started working at Production Credit. He appraised real estate for First Federal Bank (now Community Trust Bank) for more than thirty years and also served on their Board for twenty-one years. He also served as City Clerk from 1980 - 1990. He has built and sold more than forty houses.

Donald was a member of the Elk Horn Masonic Lodge #568 F & AM and was also active in the Shriners. He served on the Taylor County Conservation District Board for thirty-seven years and also served two terms as a Commissioner in the KY Soil and Water Conservation Commission from 1997 - 2005.

Donald's passion for farming has existed for as long as he can remember. He has owned and operated farms in Taylor, Adair, Green, Clinton and Casey Counties and his farm enterprises included tobacco, corn, soybeans and beef cattle.

He is survived by:
  • His wife of thirty-five years Carolyn

  • Daughter: Delia Williams (Doug)

  • One step-daughter: Stephanie Turner Kearney (Michael) of Grosbeck, TX

  • Five step-grandchildren: Kevin Williams (Jen), Alex Williams, (Bethany), Alex Beene, Allison Kearney and Jordan Kearney

  • One step-son-in-law: Anthony Beene

  • One brother and one sister: David Gaines (Betty Sue) of Frankfort, KY; and Margaret Fain (Bernard) of Campbellsville

  • Many nieces, nephews and friends
Send condolences to the family of Donald Penn Gaines Expressions of sympathy are requested to be donations to Gideon Bibles or the American Cancer Society and may be made at the funeral home.

Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, is in charge of arrangements.


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Donald Penn Gaines, Taylor Co., KY (1939-2017)

2017-10-06 - 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY - Photo from Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home

Donald Penn Gaines, Taylor Co., KY (1939-2017)
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