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Ada Gaither

April 13, 1940 — March 30, 2021

Ada Mae Gaither arrived at her heavenly home on March 30, 2021 at the age of 80 after battling cancer.

She was born on April 13th, 1940 to Henry and Lucille Abbott in Clarksville, Tennessee. She attended Clarksville High School, graduating in 1958. She married her high school sweetheart and lifelong friend William (Doug) Gaither on December 24, 1960. Their marriage would span many joyful decades until his death in 2018.

She worked as a Bookkeeper for the Clarksville Montgomery County School System for over 40 years, where students and fellow staff would stop in her office to chat and grab a few of the M&Ms she always kept on her desk for visitors.

Outside of work, Ada Mae could be found at Pleasant View Baptist Church doing what she considered her life’s most important work, sharing the love of Christ in her community and beyond. She was an active member at Pleasant View, spending much of her free time in service to others. She served as Church Secretary, sang in the church choir, directed Wednesday night children’s services, led Pleasant View’s local chapter of the Women’s Missionary Union, organized a quilting group to make blankets for families in need, taught Sunday School, and served as Vice President of the state of Tennessee’s Women’s Missionary Union from 2010 to 2011. Behind all her service was a heart fully surrendered to the Lord and a passion for supporting missionaries around the globe as they spread the gospel.

Aside from her steadfast faith in the Lord, she was also known for her homemade biscuits and jellies, her love of Elvis Presley, her willingness to help out any friend, and her unwavering commitment to her family.

She is met in heaven by her parents; her husband; two grandchildren, Mitchell Gaither and Lexie Gaither; and her sister Barbara Gorney Wallace. Her life will be celebrated and her memory cherished by the countless friends and family members she leaves behind, among those are her children, Tonya Scott (Jason) and Lathe Gaither (Shirley); three grandchildren, Kaleb Gaither (Cecily), Jason Scott II, and Payton Scott; one great-granddaughter, Sadie Gaither; her sister, Faye Perry (Butch), and her brother Terry Abbott (Dorris).

Ada Mae fought the good fight, she finished the race, and she kept the faith.

Join her family as they celebrate her life this weekend. Visitation will be Friday, April 2 from 4:00-7:00 at Sykes Funeral Home and Saturday, April 3 from 11:00-1:00 at Pleasant View Baptist Church. A service will follow Saturday at 1:00.

Pallbearers will be Jason Scott II, Troy Gorney, Dewayne Abbott, Tony Perry, Freddie Hoard, Allen Ellis, Marty Ellis, and Justin Grubb.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Women’s Missionary Union or the International Mission Board to support Ada Mae’s greatest desire of the gospel being proclaimed to all people around the world.

Please visit Ada Mae's guestbook at and share a memory with the family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, April 2, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory

424 Franklin St, Clarksville, TN 37040

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

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