Constance ''Connie'' Floyd Barnes Gaither

Mrs. Constance “Connie” Floyd Barnes Gaither, 64, formerly of Gray Street in Roanoke Rapids, NC, peacefully went home to be with the Lord Monday night, October 27, 2014 after a long illness. She was a resident at Hampton Manor in Gaston, NC.

Connie was born August 4, 1950 to Beatrice Lowe Thomason Floyd and William James Floyd of Roanoke Rapids, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Sylvia T. Peffer of Norfolk, VA, her nephew Kenneth Peffer of Columbia, NC and her husband, James Martin Gaither of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

She leaves behind her loving son, Simeon Emory ''Tim'' Barnes III and daughter-in-law, Joyce Whitfield Barnes, twin grandchildren Matthew Emory and Elizabeth Ann Barnes, all of Louisburg, NC. Other surviving close relatives include a niece, Sandra K. Walker of Columbia, NC, niece, Kathy Butler Springston and husband, Rex of Richmond, VA, cousins, Steve, Mary, and Stevie George all of Chesapeake City, MD, niece, Nellie Jo and husband, Calvin Burley of Norfolk, VA, nephews, Preston Peffer of Moyock, NC, and Darrell Peffer of Springfield, VA.

Among other kin cherishing her memory are special cousins, Judy Dickens of Roanoke Rapids, Cecilia Kinnin Weeks of Roanoke Rapids, and longtime friend, Thelma Bradley Walker of Littleton, NC, as well as many other special friends, loved ones, and former co-workers.

Connie graduated from Brunswick High School in Lawrenceville, VA, in 1968. She began her career at Roanoke Rapids Hospital in 1968 and worked at Halifax Regional Medical Center from 1973 until 2011 where she retired as the Outpatient Accounts Supervisor.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and sang in several choirs over the years. She was a past president of the Pilot Club of Roanoke Valley.

Connie's home and heart were always open to friends and family. She was known for her story telling, jokes, and her ability to make others laugh and feel better.

She survived breast cancer in 2010 and bravely fought liver disease since the spring of 2013. She wanted to be remembered as ''a warrior for Christ, in whom I found my strength'' and was grateful for her many caregivers and visitors during her illness.

Visitation will be at Askew Funeral and Cremation Services, 731 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids, NC on Wednesday October 29, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Join us for a celebration of Connie's life on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 1405 Bolling Road, with Rev. Randy Martin officiating. Burial will be at Antioch Christian Church, 151 Ebony Road, Elams, NC.

If you wish to send condolences, please send them to Tim Barnes at 201 Lumpkin Blvd Louisburg, NC 27549.

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