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NEWPORT NEWS - Thomas Wayne Gaskins, 59, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.
A native of Newport News, he was a longtime security officer for the Dominion Virginia Power Surry Nuclear Power Plant. He was very proud of his service to his country in the Army during Vietnam and was the recipient of a Bronze Star. He was a member of the VFW post 8545 in Smithfield.
Preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Gail Gaskins; survivors include his wife of 30 years, Mary C, Gaskins; two daughters, Wendy Gaskins Higginbotham of Fishersville and Sara B. Gaskins of Newport News; his son, Jonathan Wayne Gaskins of Alexandria; his sister, Gail Gaskins Roberson of N.C.; and his brother, K. Harold Gaskins of Hampton; and two granddaughters, Kasey and Rachel Nye.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions, 2609 Cunningham Drive, Hampton, by Pastor Brent Seusy.
Memorials may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1589 Steeple Drive, Suffolk, VA 23433. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2009.
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January 29, 2009
Thomas Gaskins Family,
This is a very belated condolence, but I just found out today about Tommy's death. Was so sorry to hear. I lived right across the street from him, on 20th street. We played together quite a lot. I remember his dalmation dog Lucky. If there is anyway we can be of help to your family we would be happy to be of service. Our prayers are with you!
John Downs -Pastor I am pastor and the Friends Church in Gloucester. God Bless you all!
John Downs
January 9, 2009
I remember Tom through a lot of good times and the many years we knew each other. We road together to Surry Power Station for quit a few years. Tom always let his fun side out no matter where he was and it showed in other people. He will be missed by many. My best for you Mary and his family, I remember you all very well.
G. Mark Buttles
January 4, 2009
My deepest condolences to you on your brothers death. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Wayne Agee
January 4, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers and are in my thoughts often.
Sandy Molitor
January 4, 2009
I am sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. I'm one of those Hobbs kids who grew up with him, played with him and squabbled with him. This morning, I remembered an incident from when we were in the first grade that I think the family might be interested in reading about. I had to wear an eye patch on my right eye for a while and couldn't really see out of my left one. Every day after school, Tommy waited for me and took me by the hand and walked the six or seven blocks home with me so that I got there safely. I doubt that Mama paid him a nickel and I don't remember whether or not he really he wanted to hold a little girl's hand all the way home, but he did. I moved to CA in 1974 and didn't see him again, but Billy and I did speak of him in June 2007 when I was visiting. You can never forget childhood friends. I hope all of you find comfort during this time of grief.
Linda (Hobbs) Lazet
January 3, 2009
Dear Gail, Harold, and family,

I wanted to come to the memorial service today but wasn't able to. I was so shocked to read about Tommy's death. Tommy was about a year older than me and it's been years since I last saw him.

I'm Tena Goodson Hensel's oldest daughter, Sherry. We all send our condolences to you and the family and will pray for you.

I know that momma and the family have fond memories of your parents and you all growing up. I'll always remember your family.

Please contact me via my email address if you would.

Sherry Huycke
Sherry Huycke
January 3, 2009
I am sad to loose Tom....He was a very sweet and dear friend to me....He will be miss.
latoya saddler
January 3, 2009

Gail, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my dad this past year and realize the sadness this brings to the family members. It helps me to think of my dad being in a happy place. I will think of you during this time and keep you in my prayers.

Esther Petty , Yorktown
Class of 58'
Esther Petty
January 2, 2009
Mary, I will notify all the Ch 18 CB Club members. I am very sad for loosing "Tom Terrific" such a sweet guy he was. He was also very effective in my political run for "Mayor of the kepone creek" Such fun we had,but we have our memories. God Bless you all. Bettie Jeffery/"Thunder Chicken"
Bettie Jeffery
January 2, 2009
Mary .... I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family. You will all be in my prayers
Milta Garay
January 2, 2009
We were so sorry to hear about Tommy's death. It has been a while since we last saw him but he will be remembered as such a fun loving person. Although we can't be there with you our thoughts and prayers are. God Bless you all.
Aunt Helen Groves and the family of Peggy Groves Underwood
Marilyn Underwood-Buracker
January 2, 2009
I got to know Tom at the St. Francis Nursing Center. He was so good and friendly to my daught Paula. THere is a new angle working for the Lord now. Love and God Bless
Paul Sulzberger
January 1, 2009
Hi Gail,
Just wanted to express my sympathy to you at this sad time. Although I did not know your brother, I know how hard it is to lose a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Andra
Andra Pearce
January 1, 2009
To The Gaskins Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. I worked with him in the early 80's at Virginia Power in Security. He was a great friend and co-worker. I left Virginia Power in 1987, so it has been many years since I had seen or heard from him. When I opened my paper and saw his picture it saddened my spirit. May God be with you as you go through this very difficult time
Faye Warren
January 1, 2009
Dear Gail,

I am sincerely sorry about your brother's death. I wish I could be in Newport News to share the memorial service with you. Your family will all be of comfot to each other. Most sincerely, Diane Wimmer Moriarity (now living in St. Louis, Missouri)
Diane Wimmer Moriarity
January 1, 2009
Dear Gail,

I send my condolences for the loss of your brother. I will get in touch with our NNHS 1958 classmates and inform them of your loss.
Joe Drewry
January 1, 2009
Sincere condolences on your shocking loss. Also warm wishes to Harold, Gail and families that God will keep you in His care.
Norman Covert
January 1, 2009
My brother, sister and I grew up just a few doors from the Gaskins family. I have fond memories of him and the whole family. The best one is how he would ask our mom for a bisquit. I am so very sorry for the family's loss. Sandy Hobbs Harris
Sandy Hobbs Harris
January 1, 2009
HI harold, so sorry to read about your brothers death. I have read lately about a lot of our chilldhood friends, that have expired, i would love to talk to you . i am in the phonebook under a Williamsburg number. God bless all of your famiLy
January 1, 2009
Gail and Family,
I was so sorry to see that Tommy had passed away. May your memories help you through this difficult time.
Renee Helterbran Benton
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