Howard Gaines, Jr., 80, of Mount Vernon, Illinois was born January 2, 1941 in Humphrey, Mississippi to the union of the late Howard and Cora Lee (Coleman) Gaines, Sr. Howard was the forth of six children. His siblings were Samuel Gaines, M.L. Gaines, and Robert L. Gaines, who all preceded him in death. His siblings, Ethel G. Hammons Chicago, Illinois and Roosevelt (Denise) Gaines of Mount Vernon, Illinois survive. Howard confessed a belief in Christ at an early age at Mount Carmel M.B. Church of Belzoni, Mississippi. He moved to Chicago, Illinois and joined the New Morning Star M.B. Church. He later moved to Mount Vernon, Illinois and joined the New Life M.B. Church, pastored by Reverend Delano Scott. Howard received his education in Belzoni, Mississippi at McNair School. He departed this life on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 4:20 am at Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Howard was a quiet person who did not say too much. His cousin, Samuel Harrington could play Dominoes for many hours with him. He loved to watch Western movies. Along with his brother and sister, Howard leaves to mourn his passing, a loving daughter, Mrs. Debbie (Robert) Johnson; one grandson, Courtney Bankhead; a host of relatives and friends, caregiver, Vergie Moore; and friend, Louise Monroe. A Visitation will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Please remember to observe social distancing at this time. Following the CDC and NFDA regulations, we encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated to wear a mask. They will be made available, upon request. Call Newell Funeral Home at 618-246-0100 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.