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Floyd Howard Gainous, 92

Floyd Howard Gainous (Coble Funeral & Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park)

WILMINGTON — Floyd Howard Gainous, age 92, born January 10, 1932, in Wilmington, NC, peacefully passed away on

February 16, 2024. He was the beloved son of Doc Memory Gainous and Maggie Mae James Gainous of Wilmington, NC.

Floyd’s devoted wife and the mother of his two children, Dorothy L. Whitfield Gainous of Burlington, NC, preceded him in death in 1987.

Floyd is survived by his loving companion of many years, Joyce M. Britt of Lumberton, NC, who stood by his side through life’s journey. He is also survived by his cherished brother, James Allen Gainous of Orrum, NC.

Floyd leaves behind a legacy through his children: Crystal Gainous McKeeman and her spouse Taylor R. McKeeman of Hampstead, NC, and Charles Richard Gainous of Wilmington, NC. He was a proud grandfather to Diana L. Betts and her spouse Brian of Greer, SC, and Sara E. Ford and her spouse Felix Gonzalez of Buena Park, CA. Floyd also delighted in his great-grandchildren, Lily and Connor Betts of Greer, SC.

A distinguished veteran, Floyd served in the U.S. Army and pursued higher education while raising a family. He prided himself on being an exceptional provider for his loved ones. Floyd found success in the financial services industry and the movie business, yet his true passion lay in his relationship with The Lord.

Floyd had a zest for life, enjoying music, history (especially that of New Hanover County, NC), books, and fervently supporting the UNC Tar Heels men’s basketball team. His infectious sense of humor, always accompanied by a bright smile, brought joy to those around him. As a child, Floyd was affectionately known as Pee Wee. He could often be found strolling the streets of downtown Wilmington, NC, selling peanuts for his father, chanting his memorable sales pitch: “Roasted, toasted, double-jointed hot peanuts; brush your teeth, comb your hair, make you look like a millionaire. Get your peanuts here.”

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Brightmore of Wilmington (retirement community) and the compassionate staff at Stonebridge Assisted Living in Hampstead, NC, for their unwavering support and care.

In accordance with Floyd’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. Instead, well-wishers are encouraged to raise a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay in his honor. The entombment of his remains will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Wilmington, NC, at a later date.

Floyd Howard Gainous will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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