Melanie Patrice Simmons Gaines,55, born November 24, 1962 in Wisebaden, Germany to Ida and James Simmons Sr.. Melanie attended IPS and Washington Township Schools, and graduated from Devington Career Training Center. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to her Husband Darrell Gaines on May 17, 1986. (32 years) They were the first couple paster Robinson officiated. She was baptised and became a member of Greater Northwest Baptist Church in 1985.
Proceeding her in death, her father, one brother, one sister and her grandparents. She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Darrell M Gaines Sr., Son Darrell M Gaines Jr. (Lakema), Daughter Melissa D Gaines, Mother Ida Simmons, Two granddaughters Brooklyn D Gaines and Kali P Gaines, two Brothers James E Simmons Jr (Brenda) Indianapolis, IN, Edmund Sanders (Yolanda) New York, 9 Aunts Mrs. Eliza J Broadnax (Ernest) Elgin, IL, Mrs. Ella M Williams (Ike) Beaufort, NC, Mrs. Dorothy Thorpe, Mrs. Gloria Boone Havelock, NC, Mrs. Lela Thomas San Diego, CA, Mrs. Charlene McKinley (Larry) Alexander, VA, Mrs Cherry D Allen, and Mrs Cynthia D Pinder Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Archine Lewis Newbern, NC. Three Uncles, Mr. Bobby Bell (Debra) New Bern, NC, Mr George Bell (Debra) Havelock, NC, Mr Alfred Barfield (Lucille) New Bern, NC, Many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and other relatives.
Melanie touched every life she came in contact with. One of her most recent places of employment was at the Market District. Melanie was there at the start up of the store and quickly became the most friendly face in the building. Melanie tookcare of everyone in her presence whether it was a simple conversation, a meal, or even just showing her beautiful smile. Melanie let her light show wherever she went and was always the life of the party. Melanie will be missed and is truly one of a kind.