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Remembering Maxwell Gainer, 88

Longtime Fort Hunt resident passed away on Sunday.

Maxwell James Gainer, 88, a 50 year resident of Hollin Hall in Alexandria, VA, passed away at his son’s home on February 26, 2012, after a short illness.

Born in Clarksburg, WV, he served as a WWII P-38 fighter pilot in the US Army Air Corps in South East Asia.

Professionally he was an optician in both Bristol and Old Town Alexandria , VA. He also served as a docent and airplane restorer at the National Air and Space Museum. He was a well-known maker of wooden toys and will be remembered by many for his appearances at local craft fairs. He passed out his small cars and trucks as Halloween treats and as rewards for well-behaved children in local restaurants. An avid player of tennis, table tennis and pool, he won the Virginia Senior Olympics in pool on several occasions.

Mr. Gainer was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth LaVennia “Sue” Garman Gainer, his parents Fay Lora and Eva Byrd Cutright Gainer and a brother Richard Lee Gainer.

He is survived by a son James Gainer (Dee), a daughter Carol Anderson (Dale), granddaughters Beth Johnson (Darrell), Alicia Porter (Jeremy), Lindsay Gainer, Laurie Fravel (Wesley) and five great-grandchildren, all of northern Virginia.

Services and interment at Aldersgate United Methodist Church will be private. Donations may be made to the Alexandria Sunrise Optimist Club, Box 7123, Alexandria, VA 22307.

(Editor's Note: This obituary was submitted by Dee Gainer.)

Beth Jarvis March 02, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Thank you for your service to our country, Mr. Gainer. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
jania fravel March 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Dear Gainer Family, We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful individual. As Wesley put it , we truly were "quite smitten" with Grandad Gainer and will miss the opportunities to talk with him. He was such an interesting man. May you have peace and comfort through the reminiscing of time spent with him. The Fravel Family.
Denise 'deni' Gainer April 01, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Uncle Max is an Angel in my life, always.... Thank you, Dee for your persistence in finding me. :)

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