Gary Randall Haskett

December 7, 1955June 8, 2018
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Gary Randall Haskett, age 62 of Conover, NC passed away at his home on Friday, June 8, 2018. Gary was born on December 7, 1955 in Haywood County, NC to the late Lymon D. Haskett, Sr. and Edith Cogdill Haskett.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his brother, L.D. Haskett, Jr.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 27 years, Betty Helms Haskett of Conover; two daughters, Stacey Haskett Deal and Stephanie Lynn Haskett; three stepchildren, Tammie McFarland and husband, Marty of Conover, NC, James Blackburn and wife, Alicia of Conover, NC, and Wayne Blackburn and wife, Megan of Morganton, NC; six grandchildren, Christopher Deal, Gabriela Rowe, Garyn Waugh, Lana McFarland, Lin McFarland, and Destinee McFarland; one great-grandchild, Kian Jax Deal; two sisters, Elizabeth Mills and husband, Danny of Waynesville, NC, and Debra Lawson and husband, Jerome of Macon, GA; sister-in-law, Joyce Haskett of Leland, NC; aunt, Betty Sue Brown and husband, AJ of Waynesville, NC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Gary worked for Hanes Industries in Conover, NC for 30 years. He loved life and was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer, and he also loved to travel. Gary was a wonderful and loving husband, father and friend. He cared deeply for those who were part of his life, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family will receive friends at Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 p.m with Rev. Joe F. Haskett, Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gary’s memory to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or online at Condolences may be sent to the Haskett family at

The Haskett family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.


  • Receiving of Friends Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gary Randall Haskett

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christine smith

December 10, 2018

Please accept our condolences. It is our hope that you receive comfort and peace from God. (2 Cor. 1: 3&4)

Amber mills Smith

June 14, 2018

Another pic of Gary and my mom, Elizabeth Mills (his sister), on the Hershey, PA trip in September, 2015

Amber Mills Smith

June 14, 2018

Uncle Gary's been an active part of my life for as long as I can remember. No matter where we lived, we always saw him and his family and spent time together. Making us laugh was an easy thing for him with his antics and craziness. Always playing around and smiling and joking. There was never a time he didn't make us smile and tell us he loved us. He enjoyed everything and loved to travel and try new things to add to his list of adventures. He went on a few car club trips with us and everyone in our car club really enjoyed getting to spend the week with him. He'd laugh and talk with them and cut up and jump right in there and help others when needed. He and Janie completed each other and I know he thanked god everyday for sending Janie to him. Gary is gone way to early, but I know the years he had were GOOD ONES. Thank you Janie for loving him, being so good to him and bringing him so much happiness. Without you sharing his days, his life would have been a lot different. I love you uncle Gary and will always miss you. I'll always remember the laughs, hugs, your willingness to help others and how you loved us all. This is not good's SEE YA LATER! Amber

This pic was taken at the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA in Sept. 2015 on a car club trip

Rachel Watson Corbett

June 14, 2018

Always loved being around Gary when he came down to coast to visit Joyce. He and Elizabeth were always doing something to help her out. Sure will be missed. My love to Janie and family.

Elizabeth Mills

June 14, 2018

Gary had many roles - a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. For me, he was always my baby brother, even after L.D. passed away and Gary was the only brother left.
Gary was patient, kind and a giving person, always ready to help someone he thought needed help.
His smile and laughter always preceded him into a room. He had a quick wit and enjoyed telling jokes and funny stories.
Gary experienced many adventures in his lifetime and was always ready to do something new or go where he had never been before. His family and friends were the lucky ones if they were with him. I have so many memories to keep in my heart: long phone conversations; beach vacations; cruises; deep sea fishing trips and surf or pier fishing in different locales; Gary & Janie coming up for Christmas dinner. When he wanted to go on a deep sea fishing trip he would round up six people to charter a boat. He always called me to see if I was interested and I usually was. So down the road Gary and I and four of his friends would go. Sometimes Janie would go too.
He was taken from us way too soon. He still had a lot of life in him and a lot of love to spread around. He may be gone from this earth, but he will remain in my heart forever, never to be forgotten. We will miss him terribly...
Your loving sister, Elizabeth

Joanne Martin

June 13, 2018

Words cannot express my heartfelt sadness upon hearing of Gary's passing. I worked with Gary for 22 years. He was a true friend. He would come in the office each morning with a bag of M&M's and bring me the blue ones...I always told him those tasted the best! He never failed to change the date on my wooden calendar, secretly I think he just liked playing with the wooden blocks. We talked sports, racing, weather and family. I am so glad that God gave me that quiet time each morning that I was able to chat with him...and eat my m&m's! Gary will be greatly missed!
To the family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to all of your memories, knowing Gary like I did, I'm sure you have many! May God cover you with His wings of peace.

Debra Lawson

June 11, 2018

He was a loving brother.I loved him so much,he was the baby boy out of all his siblings.He was a kind,caring and loving brother.He didn't get mad and stay mad, he loved his family and stayed in touch.He was easy going and didn't like to be in on any problems,he stayed out of it, but wished the rest could get along with each other. We didn't live close to each other, but we did talk on the phone and went on some trips together.When we were growing up me and Gary was right there with each other.I wouldn't take anything for the memories I have of him.I will never forget him and he will be in my heart forever! LOVE YOU GARY I know your with daddy, mama and L.D.