James Gaskins

James Thomas "Jimmy" Gaskins Sr.

Thursday, May 29th, 1952 - Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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James Thomas (Jimmy) Gaskins, Sr. of Ophelia, VA passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on October 15, 2020. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 34 years, Betty Smith Gaskins, his parents, Thomas Lowell Gaskins and Viola Dameron Gaskins, his brother, Lowell Fleet Gaskins and his sister, Ann Gaskins Donovan.

Jimmy was a lifelong member of Afton United Methodist Church and there he enjoyed cooking and helping in the kitchen. When he wasn't spending time with his loving family, Jimmy loved being on the water and spending time in his net shed. He loved welcoming guests and always greeted them with a big smile and a cold Diet Coke. He was his happiest when he was in Hacks Neck or on Little River.

He is survived by his daughter, Heather Gaskins Conley (Russell); son, James Thomas (Jamie) Gaskins, Jr. (Drew); a granddaughter, Taylor Carol-Rose Conley; his brothers, Eddie Gaskins (Diane), Dale Gaskins (Fran), Ray Gaskins (Eunice Rose), John Gaskins, and Thomas Gaskins; his sisters, Charlotte Donovan, and Becky Hinson (Joe); his brother's-in-law, Andrew Self (Marian) and William Smith (Cathy), many nieces and nephews, and his special friend, Beverly Jewell.

There will be a memorial service honoring Jimmy on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Afton United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Betty Smith Gaskins Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 658, Burgess, VA 22432.
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    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 2:00pm
    Afton United Methodist Church
    5130 Hacks Neck Rd.
    Ophelia, VA 22530
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    The Rev. John C Wright


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Beverly Jewell

Posted at 11:09pm
I will miss you so much my special friend. We had a lot of good times together. You are now at peace and with Miss Betty.

Cindy Cantrell

Posted at 10:42pm
I loved Jimmy and his super big smile that was always on his face. He always made my heart smile when I saw him. I never saw him in a bad mood. I'm so glad I got to call him friend. You will be missed my friend.

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