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04/07/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Harold Gaskins

Kenneth Harold Gaskins
(d. 03 Apr 2013)

Probably Newport News High School Class of @ 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is more sad news this Sunday.    Harold Gaskins, probably Class of @ 1953, husband of Phyllis O'Malley Gaskins (Warwick HS - '58), and brother of    Gail Gaskins Roberson ('58) of SC, passed away in Hampton on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at the age of 79. 

   He was preceded in death by his younger brother,     Tommy Gaskins (Class of 1969) (1949 - 25 Dec 2008).

From the Daily Press - 04/03/13:

           K. Harold Gaskins


    HAMPTON - Kenneth Harold Gaskins, 79, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Born in Hopewell, VA, he has been a lifelong resident of the Peninsula, where he was well known for his artistic abilities. He painted many nautical scenes under the name "Captain Harold". He also worked as a sub-contractor in construction and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Harold was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas W. Gaskins.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Gaskins; daughter, Bonnie S. Childress of Norfolk; sons, Dennis W. Gaskins of Albuquerque, NM and David H. Gaskins of Hampton; sister, Gail Roberson of South Carolina; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Harold Gaskins
  Harold's life will be celebrated 11:00 AM Wednesday, at LaCrosse Memorial Presbyterian Church. The family wishes expressions of sympathy to be to the National Kidney Foundation, 1742 East Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23234.

Arrangements are by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions in Hampton, 757-825-8070. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on April 7, 2013.

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April 07, 2013 

Phyllis, I did not know your husband well, but I do know how much my granddaughter (in-law) Kim thought of him. May God bless you and comfort all the family.

~  Lola Bryant, Galax, Virginia

pril 07, 2013 

My sympathy goes out to Harold's widow, Phyllis, and his entire family from friends of his granddaughters, Kim and Danielle.

April 07, 2013

My sister and I and lots of friends had a great time with Mr. Gaskins. My sister started calling him Papa Smurf he was always a great person to talk to. He will be remembered and missed greatly. Ray Hafer

April 07, 2013  

Have a nice trip, old friend... I was a good friend of Harold back during the good ol' teen age years and still have a photo of him and me in the first grade at Thomas Jefferson grammar school. It is long gone, of course, but stood between 30th and 31st Street in the 600 block in Newport News. Good bye Harold -- God speed.

~ Paul Jordan, Hampton, Virginia

April 07, 2013

Bonnie, David and Dennis, My prayers are with you. So sorry to hear of your loss. Take care and keep comfort in your memories...

~ Linda Kiemer Shackelford, Vesuvius, Virginia

April 08, 2013

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

~ Vi and Paul Sulzberger, Phoebus, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Harold's family and friends at this difficult time.


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Words by John Fawcett (1740-1817), after 1772

Music (Dennis) by Hans Georg Nägeli (26 May 1773  - 26 Dec 1836)

1. Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

2. Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent pray'rs;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

3. We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

"Blest Be the Tie that Binds" midi courtesy of - 08/29/12

"Blest Be the Tie that Binds" lyrics courtesy of - 08/29/12

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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