March 27, 1952 ~ June 10, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Leo Gaines, 69, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Harry and Maude Blanton Gaines and was also preceded in death by one sister, Sally Gaines.

Leo was a proud US Army Veteran and worked as a juvenile behavioral specialist for the State of North Carolina.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Brindia Arrington Gaines; four daughters, Sybil Jefferson (Damion), Jeanine Morgan (Tim), Margaret Lewis (Emory) and Charlene Bryson; three sisters, Brenda Whitmire (Johnny), Joyce Johnson (Bill) and Roberta Thomas; three brothers, Harry Gaines Jr. (Monica), John Henry Gaines (Brenda) and Tommy Lee Gaines; grandchildren, Damion Jefferson Jr., Samarra Jefferson and Savannah Jefferson, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service to honor Leo’s life and legacy will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 26 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian and the service will be streamed live on the Groce Funeral Home Facebook page (www.facebook.com/grocefh). His family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.

Services

Memorial Service: June 26, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

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  1. Brindia Arrington Gaines

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  2. The Lion sleeps tonight,… perhaps in Alpha Centauri. And those of us still on Earth miss him deeply. Sail on, old friend, sail on….

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  3. Uncle Leo I love you with all my heart. You were always there for me (especially when my father couldn’t be). I will truly miss you💜💜💜

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  4. Leo Gaines was a very good friend as well as his daughter being married 18 years to our son Damion. He will always remain in our heart. God Bless you Leo. We love you.

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  5. Leo was my brother-in-law for 48 years, and a loving husband to my sister Brendia. I always felt very close to him and was proud to have worked with him at the Juvenile Evaluation Center. I recall trips to the parkway and cookouts with him and my sister and niece. He was not only my brother-in-law, he was always a dear friend. I will miss him.

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  6. I thought of him always as a gentle flame. I so wanted to visit on my next trip to Asheville. What a good, smart man who created a loving life with close family and a community who cares

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  7. Leo you and Brindia befriended me when I needed a friend then your daughter married our son and then we became family. Darryl and I lost a great friend who will never be far from our thoughts. Thank you for being a true staple in our lives. We will never forget you.
    Darryl and Gail Bailey

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  8. One of the finest people I have had the priviledge to work with, talk with, argue and laugh with. It was an honor. My condolences to the family.

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  9. Our love and condolences to Brindia and the family. We were so sorry to hear about Leo’s passing. God bless you all.

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  10. I wish that we had talked and worked through our past which I am sure would bring peace and acknowledgment of each other’s understanding. Rest In Peace with dignity and legacy.

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  11. Unk I Love You we miss you dearly you was a great uncle you was a great man I know that you with God now 🙏 and no more pain and suffering I love you

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  12. My Friend and Co-worker for years at Juvenile Center. We always had each other’s back and much Respect. So glad to know you in this Life!
    Thoughts are with Brindia and Sybil💜

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