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Kenneth D. Gaskins Sr. of Hayes, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at his home surrounded by family after a short illness.

Kenneth was born May 6, 1932 to Ted and Elsie Gaskins in Doddridge, W.Va. After his graduation from high school Kenneth proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After his tour of military service, he received his bachelor’s degree in teaching from Glenville State College in W.Va. Upon moving to Virginia, he taught at Newport News High School and retired as an instructor for the army at Fort Eustis.

Kenneth loved to travel and with his wife they traveled all over the United States, especially on bus tours where he met so many friends.

Kenneth was a Christian man who loved his Lord, his family and his friends. He was our inspiration, and will live on in our memories until we see him again.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Patricia Lee; sister, Dorothy; brothers, Bill and James, and son, Scott Fanning.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Fanning-Gaskins; daughter, Margaret Bridges and husband Martin; son, Kenneth D. Gaskins Jr. and wife Marsha; daughters, Melinda Ottarson and husband Donnie, Gail Brown and husband Kenneth, Betsy West and husband Jessie; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Richard Croxton and Pastor Steve Sales, was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Providence Baptist Church. Inurnment followed later at West Union Masonic Memorial Park, Doddridge, W.Va.

The family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to the many people and Hospice for the care and support during Kenneth’s illness.

In our loved one’s memory, contributions may be made to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, Va. 23061 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.