Obituary » Walter ‘Buster’ Gaines, Jr.
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July 17, 1948 – March 30, 2021
Burial Date April 9, 2021
Funeral Home J. C. Battle & Sons Funeral Home
Cemetery Dayton National Cemetery
Church J. C. Battle & Sons Chapel
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Walter “Buster” Gaines, Jr. passed Tuesday, March 30, 2021, age 72 years. Visitation Friday, April 9, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at J.C. Battle & Sons Funeral Home 543 Rockdale Ave Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. Traditional on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM at J.C. Battle & Sons Funeral Home.
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Walter “Buster” Gaines, Jr., 72, of Cincinnati, OH, was called home on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 following a short illness at Blue Ash Hospice of Cincinnati.
Buster was born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 17, 1948 to Walter Gaines, Sr. and Gertrude Hicks.
Buster spent his initial childhood years in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Elyria, OH with his family during elementary school. He graduated from Elyria High School. While in school, he was a member of the wrestling and track teams. After high school, Walter enlisted in the United States Navy (following in his father’s footsteps), where he served from 1967-1969.
After honorably serving his country, Buster resettled in Elyria, OH for many years before moving back to Birmingham, AL and eventually to Cincinnati, OH. Buster had a very strong work ethic and took pride in his work. He was skilled at roofing and landscaping. Buster had a good sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh. He was a good cook and was also very generous to others.
Buster leaves to cherish his memory, his children: Darwin “Jamie”(Tammie) Mathis of Davison, MI; Martina “Rissie” Gaines, of Saginaw, MI; Consuela Gaines, of Saginaw Michigan, and Travest Gaines of Lorain, OH; his sisters JoAnn Board, of Elyria, OH and Aileen (Keith) Glass of Cincinnati, OH; brothers Michael (Patricia) Hicks of Cincinnati, OH and Randy (Meta) Hicks of Washington, DC. He will also be sadly missed by 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and a loving host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Buster was preceded in death by his mother Gertrude (Floyd) Hicks, father Walter (Linnie) Gaines, Sr., children Dante, Walter and Walterina, brother Johnny Jeffrey Gaines, and grandparents, Ira Lee and Hattie Dammons Gaines.