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vsgut 06-24-2008 03:23 PM

Rest in Peace Gaines Hillix
Gaines A. Hillix, 60,
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Published: 06/24/2008

HILLIX - Gaines A. Hillix 60, beloved husband of Charlotte Hillix, died Saturday, June 14 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Buchanan County, Missouri on January 3, 1948, he was the son William A. Hillix and the late Virginia Gaines Hillix. He was employed by Worldspan as a system analyst and manager and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta Georgia.

A caring and loving husband, father, son, brother, and grandfather, he was married to the love of his life, Charlotte for the last 40 years.

His happiest times were with his family and countless friends whom he considered his greatest blessing. He was loved for his warm smile, kind heart, gentle humor and generous spirit. He celebrated life and approached everything - including his cancer with incredible strength, amazing faith and remarkable grace. He touched so many lives and will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte Hillix; son, Scott A. Hillix and his wife Renee of Leavenworth, Kansas; his father William A. Hillix of San Diego, California; one brother, Will Hillix of Kansas City, Missouri, four sisters, Helen Disanto of San Diego, California; Lynn Hillix, Elaine Hillix and Louise Hillix, all of Kansas City, Missouri and his Grandson, Wyatt Hillix.

In honor of Jackson Graham Gaines beloved friend, memorials may be made to Juvenile diabetes Research Foundation International through their website at or by calling 1-800-533-Cure

The family and friends will celebrate the life of Gaines in Marietta GA, on June 27th at St. Josephs Catholic Church at 3: 00 in the afternoon.

Placed by family

ChipNCharge 06-24-2008 04:56 PM

I learned a lot about stringing from reading Gaines' posts. He was always very friendly and helpful. He will be missed.

diredesire 06-24-2008 09:18 PM

This is very sad news, Gaines' contributions to the stringing community shows his generosity with his time and resources.

Cheers, Gaines, I hope you are finding peace in a better place.

Brian Purdie 06-25-2008 04:19 PM

very unfortunate. he was kind to those here.

Radical Shot 06-27-2008 07:06 PM

Gaines sure knew his tennis stuff. I also learnt a lot from him here. He gave me a lot of pointers on how to string a racquet.

It was always good to read his posts - it was a refreshing change from many of the trash-talking posts here. He conducted himself with poise and came from a position of knowledge. He's got my respect.

I'll always remember the post where people asked him what kind of name is "Gaines Hillix". Very interesting heritage and response.

I'm going to string my Pro Staff "Pete" today in his honour.

10sfreak 06-28-2008 07:29 AM

Wow, didn't know 'till now that he had passed away...three years ago, I went down and spent a couple of hours having him teach me how to use my Klippermate...very nice guy. R.I.P.

Melissa 06-29-2008 11:45 AM

Real bummer.

Radical97 06-29-2008 02:52 PM

Gaines brilliant guy!
Very very generous..

Colpo 06-30-2008 10:32 AM

I can't even say that I recall having any specific dealings with Gaines on this board, but I must have, because my impression of him is that he was one of the stalwart "good guys" who really built up the quality of this board. No one can deny that if a post was attached to his name, that it was informative and fun to read. Sorry to read about this, but I'd be sorrier still if I hadn't heard at all.

Z-Man 07-01-2008 06:31 PM

He was a pillar of this community. Always full of helpful information. We'll miss him.

netman 07-02-2008 11:08 AM

A true loss. Anytime you saw Gaines' name on a post you knew you would learn something. Always thoughtful, concise advice. He will be missed.


Vector 07-02-2008 01:40 PM

:sad: ,,,,,,

Koz 07-02-2008 03:03 PM

He will be missed dearly. He was one of my favorites here :( God bless

heycal 07-03-2008 07:40 AM

Can someone give the poor dead guy a break and at least spell his name right in the title of this thread? Every time I visit TT I see the "Gaimes Hillix" thread and wonder if he's turning over in his grave.

btw, if I get hit by a bus tomorrow, the name is not heyycal or heycall -- it's "heycal"!!!

heycal 07-04-2008 01:32 PM

Ok. We're getting there. It appear the spelling of his first name has been fixed since my last post. Only halfway to go!

Boja 07-04-2008 05:53 PM

I don't visit this board too often but I remember his contributions. His posts were always respectful and informative. A terrible loss.

louis netman 07-05-2008 01:32 PM

Gaines, you will be missed!
TW message boards have suffered a great loss. Gaines was "The Man" who knew his stuff and always had a friendly, modest air about him. May he play for eternity on the greenest grass courts....

LoveThisGame 07-05-2008 04:16 PM

To be missed greatly ... generous with his skills and a class act.

TripleB 07-09-2008 05:56 PM

Hate to hear that....Gaines knew his stuff (not like some of us who pretend we do)!!!

Always learned something from each of his posts...he will be missed.

I look forward to playing him a set or two in Heaven.


K. Wilson Moose 07-12-2008 04:46 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Gaines several years ago, and we stayed in touch. Traded emails on racquets, stringing etc. Sold him a Prince Chang at one point, even invited me to join his ALTA team. Couldn't do it at the time and regret that it didn't work out. Had lost touch, and I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and many friends. Rest in peace Gaines, and I hope we have that hit some day. You will be greatly missed.

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