CHESTERFIELD – Mr. Frederick W. “Fred” Gaskins, 78, died July 28, 2010.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. July 30, at Chesterfield Baptist Church. Burial with military honors followed at Chesterfield Cemetery.
Visitation was 1-2 p.m. Friday, prior to the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.
Mr. Gaskins was born Aug. 28, 1931 a son of the late Woodrow Wilson “Red” and Lillian Tucker Gaskins. He attended Chesterfield High School, and received his high school diploma from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. Mr. Gaskins served two years in the S.C. National Guard, and was an U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, where he was the Wing Lead Radio Operator, and flew on 32 bombing missions. He retired as U.S. Postmaster with the Chesterfield Post Office with 25 years of service. Mr. Gaskins was a member of Chesterfield Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Choir, Fellowship Sunday school Class, and the Brotherhood. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion Post 74, and a charter member of Green River Country Club. Mr. Gaskins hobbies included training bird dogs, bird hunting, playing golf, farming, and raising cattle. He was a recipient of the S.C. Puppy of the Year award, and a 3-time recipient of the S.C. Shooting Dog of the Year award. He also enjoyed camping, riding his golf cart, and his time working as a meat cutter.
Fred was preceded in death by a grandson, James Thomas “Tommy” White, two brothers, Jerry G. and Glenn Wiley Gaskins and by a sister, Caronell Gaskins Caldwell.
Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Lucille Elvera Rinquist Gaskins of the home; two sons, Freddy (Teresa) Gaskins, and Mark (Francie) Gaskins both of Chesterfield; two daughters, Cammie Lou (Jamie) McLain, and Libby Gaskins both of Chesterfield; six grandchildren, Trey and Brittany Gaskins, Candace and Rebecca White, Madyson and Connor Scott; a brother, Donnie (Geraldine) Gaskins of Chesterfield; and also Iona Gaskins of Chesterfield and Norman Caldwell of Pageland.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, S.C. 29709; or to Chesterfield Baptist Church, 207 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, S.C. 29709.
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.