. . . . . . . . . . W. E. Gaither came from Salisbury, North Carolina to Rockdale, Texas in 1892 to begin a life which encompassed jobs from clerk to the highest civic office, that of Mayor. His interest in Rockdale's welfare and future was surpassed by none. His various business enterprises led in many directions but he will perhaps be best remembered for his ownership of Gaither Motor Company and its allied agencies. During his years as a business man and civic leader, Mr. Gaither served as a school trustee, city councilman and as mayor. It was due largely to his efforts that during his administration natural gas was brought to Rockdale. Other major accomplishments included the running of telephone and electric cables underground so that poles for the facilities could be cleared from the streets of the business district. The street paving program was started and expanded and many other projects were accomplished under his guidance. No task was too great nor time-consuming for Mr. Gaither to tackle if it meant progress for his adopted town. As eagerly as he had worked in the early days with the Boosters for good roads, he strove to attain a progressive program of modernization that helped to make Rockdale an outstanding town in Central Texas. In addition Mr. Gaither was a member of St. John's Methodist Church, the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Rockdale and East Texas Chambers of Commerce, and virtually every other civic organization that existed during his years of business here. His death occurred January 9, 1964; he was survived by his daughter, Mrs. W.P. Hogan. [From Rockdale Centennial, A History of Rockdale, Texas 1874-1974] . . . . . . . . . . From his Texas certificate of death Name: William Edgar Gaither Death Date: 08 Jan 1964 Death Place: Rockdale, Milam, Texas Gender: Male Race: White Death Age: 87 years 3 months 10 days Birth Date: 27 Sep 1876 Birthplace: North Carolina Marital Status: Widowed Father's Name: John Gaither Mother's Name: Mary E. Mccubbins Occupation: Ford Dealer Place of Residence: Rockdale, Milam, Texas Cemetery: I.O.O.F. Cemetery Burial Place: Rockdale, Texas Burial Date: 09 Jan 1964 . . . . . . . . . .