Mr. James Edward Gaines, Sr. age 77 of Chattanooga went home to be with his Lord on Monday October 31, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Gaines was born July 11, 1939 in Chattanooga, Tn. Mr. Gaines served his country in the United States Marine Corp from 1956-1960. He retired from CARTA with 17 years of service. James was active for many years in the Tennessee National Guard and was a member of the Shriners as well as a Mason and the Alhambra Shrine Temple. Mr. Gaines was of the Christian faith , he enjoyed making people laugh ans spending time with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents; William and Josephine Gaines and sister; MarTHA Cochren. Survivors include his loving wife Fay Gaines; children and spouse James(Janice) Gaines, Jr. of Chickamauga, Jeffery Gaines of Flintstone, Don(Sheri) Handley of Ringgold; daughters; Terri Lynn Handley of Chattanooga and Kimberly Handley also of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Joey, Brandon, Kyven, Codi, Cameron, Josh, Brittney and Corey and 6 great grandchildren, brother, Tommy Gaines of Lafayette several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alhambra Shrine Temple located at 1000 Alhambra Dr. Chattanooga, Tn. 37421. Mr. Gaines requested cremation and no services will be held.