James Paul Gaines,  74, of Taylorville, passed away on May 25, 2014 at 2:38 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on May 29, 1939 in Springfield, IL;  the son William Bowman and Edith Gaines. He was a Barber and a Painter. He wrote many songs and was an accomplished musician. He was a life-long Barber and has owned and operated Paul’s Barber Shop in Taylorville for many years.

He is survived by his companion, Debbie Smith; daughters: Tracy Woods and partner Thomas Perry of Taylorville, IL and Ashley Gaines and partner Sam Shubba of Springfield, IL; grandchildren: Mason James Millburg, Jeffrey Paul (Lacey) Millburg and Kateland Nichole Utterback; great grandchildren: Ahmsher Nya Utterback, Madison Rae Millburg, and Alexander Lowell Millburg; nieces and nephews: Tina Heslop, David Alwardt and Dale Alwardt. He was preceded in passing by his parents and sister, Naomi Alwardt.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Memorial Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Ted Chapman officiating.  

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois

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