Reynolds Funeral Home announces with deepest sympathy the passing of Mr. Von Leon Gaiter, 56 of Decatur, Alabama. Mr. Gaiter died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at his residence. A Service of Love and Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 1:00 pm, at United Pentecostal Jubilee House of Prayer, with Bishop T. D. Strong, officiating and inhumation at the Hill's Cemetery in Hillsboro, AL. Public viewing will be held on Monday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Reynolds Funeral Home.
Vernon Leon Gaiter, better known as “Von” to all those who knew him, was born October 11, 1964 to the late Tommie Hughes Gaiter and Edna Mae Jones-Gaiter in Madison County. He transitioned from his earthly body on Tuesday May 4, 2021 at his residence.
Von attended Tennessee Valley High School, and worked various jobs throughout his adult years up until his health declined.
Von was baptized in Jesus’ name as a teenager and joined under the leadership of the late Bishop A.C. Strong at Pentecostal House of Prayer in Decatur. In 1994 he moved his membership to Jubilee House of Prayer under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Strong. There he was later ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in 2002, and began serving as Assistant pastor for approximately three years. He also served as pastor at Solomon Temple in Russellville, AL for some time. He later returned to his home church which is now United Pentecostal Jubilee House of Prayer. Over the years he served as lead guitarist, devotional leader, and drummer. Elder Gaiter truly loved the Lord, his church and pastor.
If being family-oriented was a person, that would be Von. He absolutely loved ALL of his family whole-heartedly, near and far, immediate and distant. Von was known as the “family historian.” He could take you back so many generations and he made sure that it was explained in detail. Von’s outgoing personality was definitely one of a kind. He had a big heart, and never met a stranger because he would either have you laughing with him or at him. Von also loved working, traveling, dressing nice, driving in his favorite Mercedes, reading and discussing the Bible, and he really loved music. Being that he was the youngest of his siblings he definitely used it to his advantage and knew who would “spoil” him.
If you weren’t an Auburn fan he had no understanding of why you were not, because he loved his Tigers. You could not help but love Von and he will truly be missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by three loving sisters, Essie Lee Jones-Mcdaniel, Minister Bettie Jean Gaiter-Grizzard, and Tomella Gaiter-Sykes; one loving brother, Johnny Ray Gaiter; and a devoted godmother, Louise Dillard-Clopton.
Von leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann Gaiter-Amerson (Tyrone); a loving sister, Emma Jean Gaiter, both of Decatur; four loving brothers; his eldest brother and father figure, Richard (Louise) Jones, Tommie Lee Gaiter, Sr., Willie Edward Gaiter, Sr. (Shirley), and Milton Ray Gaiter all of Decatur; two aunts, Helen Gaiter- Jones, Chicago, IL, Mary Alice Davis of Decatur; brother-in-law Tommy Sykes, Decatur; two devoted nieces; Danielle Sykes and Adrianna Tapscott, a great host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, old co-workers and friends. Von never had any biological children, but three that he loved as his own from young ages: Pasola Jones, Jasmon and Jeremy Okoroafo.
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