Eugene Pow Gossett (1923 - 2012)

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Eugene Pow Gossett, 88, a resident of Bryce Resort in Basye, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at home.

He was born November 26, 1923 in Baltimore, MD and was the son of the late Earl E. and Elsie P. Gossett. He was also preceded in death by his brother, William Earl Gossett.

Gene grew up in the Norfolk area of Virginia and graduated from Granby High School. He was a veteran of World War II and served as a Flight Engineer on B-24 and B-17 bombers in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. This happened to be the predecessor to today's U.S. Air Force. Gene attended the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and completed his education as a graduate of the Department of the Navy's Personnel Management Academy in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. in 1978 at which time he was one of the Navy's Senior Personnel Management Specialists.

Gene was the recipient of many honorary awards including the award for Meritorious Civilian Service, the Navy's top award for civilian service. After retirement, he functioned as a consultant in the Personnel Management field from 1978-1993 to the various Federal Agencies located throughout the entire United States including the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the C.I.A.

He was married to Sue Turner Rodgers Gossett on May 18, 1968, and together they had 7 children, Jeff Rodgers of Waynesboro, NC, Bart Rodgers of Basye, Bill Gossett of Nesbit, MS, Linda Pickert of Virginia Beach, Gail Roberts of Basye, Jeanann Barry of Nashville, TN and Ellen Matthews of Suffolk; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Gene was a charter member of Cornerstone Church in Broadway, Virginia, and served as chairman of the congregation and as a cell group leader. He served as a volunteer in the Social Security Administration's Representative Payroll Program for 10 years.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Friday evening, June 15, 2012 at the Cornerstone Church in Broadway, VA with Pastors Gerald Martin, Tom Yoder and Jim Hess officiating. The interment will be privately held at Mt. Olivet Church of the Brethren Cemetery near Timberville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cornerstone Christian School, 197 Cornerstone Lane, Harrisonburg, VA, 22802 or to Stepping Stones Pre- School, 265 W. Springbrook Road, Broadway, VA 22815.

Arrangements are with Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from June 12 to June 13, 2012
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