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Mike Gainey, Sr., 43, dies Dec. 28th

Kenneth Michael “Mike” Gainey Sr., 43, of Taylor died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Orange Park Medical Center. He was born in Macclenny and was a lifelong resident of Baker County and the Taylor community. He graduated in 1987 from Baker County High School, where he played for the varsity Wildcat football team, and then joined the United States Marine Corp.

Mr. Gainey worked for 20 years at Florida Wire and Cable, with 15 of those years at the Sanderson Wiremill. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, collecting Star Trek and Bald Eagle memorabilia and was an avid Florida Gator fan.

He attended Taylor Church and was preceded in death by  paternal grandparents Clayton and Matilda Gainey of St. George, GA and his maternal grandparents Eullie and Edith Richardson of Taylor.

Survivors include sons Kenneth Michael Gainey Jr. of Taylor and Gabriel Johnson of Daytona Beach; parents Chuck and Louise Gainey of Taylor; brother and sister-in-law Greg and Janice Gainey of Taylor; grandchildren Victoria Jayden Gainey and Tyler Chase Gainey; an uncle, aunts, cousins and his longtime dog and friend “Odie.”

The funeral service was held Saturday, December 31 at 3 pm at his church with Revs. Mark Woods and Jim Cox officiating. Interment followed at Taylor Cemetery with Marine Corps military honors. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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