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Dorthea Hardin Gaines was born and raised in Chattanooga.  She attended Chattanooga High School and retired from the Chattanooga Poultry Plant. Her passion was cooking and she loved to play cards and watch soap operas.  Her faith in God and her love for family was precious to her.  She is preceded in death by father, John Thomas; mother, Doris Orr; brother, Myron Thomas; son, Larquine Jenkins. She is survived by her husband of 9 years, Raymond Gaines; son, Anthony Boston; brothers, John Hardin, Michael (Karen)Tolliver, Cedric Thomas, Gary (Patricia) Thomas, Demetrius (Dana) Thomas, Andre (Lisa) Tolliver and Goldman (Regina) Thomas; sisters, Faith (Anthony) Morgan and Madena Evans; 8 granchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. Public viewing will begin at 12 noon Friday, March 6, 2020. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, March 7, 2020  at the funeral home. Interment: Highland Cemetery. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.

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  • Monday, March 2, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    You will forever be in my heart and in my prayers for the loving care you have had for my brother Raymond
    ~ Yolande (Lonnie) Gaines   Memphis, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Rip class mate
    ~ Anna Taylor Johnson   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Rip class mate
    ~ Anna Taylor Johnson   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    My friend, its been a while since we saw each other, but any time we did, it was like we'd never missed a step. Still miss singing with you. I'll love you forever Sis. #TotallyCommitted #OurDot.
    ~ Eric Terry Sr.   Chattanooga, TN
  • Friday, March 6, 2020
    On behalf of the Olivet Baptist Church Bereavement Support Ministry, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and many friends of sister Dorthea. May our Father grant comfort and peace to you all.
    ~ Viola Douthit   chattanooga, TN
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
    I will remember the smile you always had in school and the fun playing ball on the field in the Westside. Family stay together and trust in The Lord. 6B6XV
    ~ Elaine Malone   Chattanooga, TN