William Edward “Bill” Gaines Sr. departed from this world on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in Paragould, at the age of 90 years, 11 months and 16 days. Born April 27, 1931, on the Townsend farm near Portia, he was the son of the late Edward and Effie Ring Gaines. Bill was a U.S. Army veteran stationed in Germany and France from 1955-1957. After living and working in St. Louis, Bill moved his family back to Portia. He worked as a salesman for Smith Implement of Walnut Ridge for 10 years and retired from Skil-Bosch in 1996 after 12 years. Bill was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Laverne; one sister, Kitty Logan; and two brothers-in-law, Bly Logan and Jerry Gill.