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 ( His family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.


Memorial Service: June 26, 2021 2:00 pm

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


Room: Chapel

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  1. Brindia Arrington Gaines

  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….

  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💜💜💜

  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.

  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.

  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

  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

  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.

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

  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.

  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

  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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