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Elaine P. Gaines

March 1, 1931 — August 3, 2023



Elaine Poteat Gaines, widow of  John (Jack) Brown Gaines, went to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on August 3, 2023.  She was the daughter of the late Chauncie C. and Magaret Waters Poteat.

Elaine had a fulfilling career as an IT Specialist for District 7 in the Spartanburg Public School system. Her dedication and passion for her work left a lasting impact on both colleagues and students alike. She was highly esteemed for her technical expertise and unwavering commitment to education.

But beyond her professional accomplishments, Elaine led a rich and adventurous life. She had a deep fondness for travel and explored various destinations around the world. From the vibrant streets of New Orleans to the picturesque landscapes of Novia Scotia, Elaine embraced every opportunity to immerse herself in different cultures and experiences. Her journeys took her to captivating places such as New York, Jamaica, Singapore, Hawaii, and countless Caribbean cruises. However, her most cherished moments were spent alongside her beloved husband Jack, enjoying fishing trips to Daytona and Myrtle Beach.

Elaine was an avid reader with an insatiable love for books of all genres. Whether it was losing herself in a thrilling mystery or delving into a thought-provoking piece of literature, she found solace and enrichment within the pages of countless novels throughout her life.

One of Elaine's proudest accomplishments was becoming a member of First North Church where she dedicated 35 years of faithful service. She actively participated in the Friendship Bible Class and the Senior Adult Ministry while also serving as a former Sunday School Teacher. Her creativity shone through as she designed costumes for the Twin Living Christmas Trees and theatrical productions like The Passion. Elaine's devotion to her church community brought joy to those around her.

Elaine embarked on an educational journey later in life when she obtained her GED at the age of 40 years, alongside her father, Chauncie. Her determination and perseverance in pursing education displayed her unwavering commitment to self-improvement and growth.

In addition to her parents and her beloved husband, Jack, Elaine was predeceased by her brother, O'Neil Poteat, her nephew, Dennis Poteat, and her granddaughter, Tammy Thomas. Although their presence is deeply missed, their memory lives on in the hearts of those who loved them as will Elaine's.

Elaine's spirit lives on through her surviving family members. She leaves behind three sons: John B. Gaines (Cheryl) of Clinton, MS; Thomas M. Gaines (Brenda) of Columbia, SC; Robert O. Gaines of Spartanburg, SC; and one daughter, Sybil G. Roper (Keith) of Spartanburg, SC. Additionally, she is survived by eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, her brother, Robert M. Poteat (Marian) of Oak Ridge, TN, step-brother, Charles (Bubba) Fowler of Chappels, SC, step-sisters; Georgia (ChiChi) Eleazer (Jim), Joy Penland (Roger) of Inman, SC, Pam Dover (Steve) of Chappels, SC and her beloved companion, Bristol who remained steadfast by her side throughout the years.

The family will recieve friends on Tuesday, August 8th from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 East Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Her Funeral Service held at the same location at 11:00 AM, with Reverand David Lancaster officiating.  Entombment will be private.

Elaine will forever be remembered as a remarkable woman whose zest for life was infectious. Her adventurous spirit, unwavering dedication to her loved ones, and passion for education and exploration will continue to inspire all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. As we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate the beautiful legacy she leaves behind. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage everyone who would like to make a donation to Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29301 or to Mobile Meals, 419 East Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel is assisting the family.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Greenlawn Memorial Gardens- Spartanburg

1300 Fernwood Glendale Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29307

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