Murphy Funeral Homes



July 16, 1944July 2, 2021

Celebration of Life

Elo Otley Gaskins entered this world on July 16, 1944 and was called to his heavenly home on July 2, 2021. Elo, affectionately called Mickey by his family, was the third of four children born to the late Elo Gaskins and Evelyn Bowling. He was preceded in death by his sister Wilma Gaskins and brother Porteal Gaskins. Elo was born in Scranton, South Carolina. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Washington, D.C. where Elo attended Antioch Baptist Church. Later in life he became a member of the Agape Mens Club at Antioch.

Educated in the D.C. public school system, Elo graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1964. While attending Roosevelt he participated in the ROTC program and played football. He went on to graduate from St. Paul’s College (Lawrenceville, Virginia) where he was a member of the football team and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He later completed a degree in Accounting at Benjamin Franklin University (now George Washington University). Elo had a long and varied career in finance from working in the finance office at Woodward & Lothrop to being a director in finance at Washington Hospital Center where he oversaw the distribution of millions of dollars in charity. He did financial work at banks, federal credit unions and a university. Wherever he worked, he always served as a mentor to those junior to him.

He met his forever love, Helen June Daniels, whom he affectionately referred to as “J.D.” in January 1971 and they were inseparable from that day forward. They married on August 2, 2006. During the course of their relationship, they traveled the world with their friends. Elo was a gifted storyteller, avid fisherman, sports enthusiast, and lover of all genres of music, especially jazz. Elo is survived by his wife Helen June Daniels; four sisters, Betty Johnson, Eleathia Jones, Charnita Dobbs (David), and Marquita Kouyate (Ousmane); three brothers Sampson, Detron and Monwell Gaskins; and many dear nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

God saw the road was getting rough, The hills so hard to climb, He gently closed your loving eyes And whispered “Peace be Thine.” The weary hours, the days of pain The sleepless nights are passed The ever-patient worn out frame Has found sweet rest at last.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 17, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, July 17, 2021


  • Interment

    Saturday, July 17, 2021



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Reginald Romaine

July 23, 2021


I attended St. Paul's College with Elo, played tennis on Sat(eating breakfast).We went to Kings Dominion, he got sick from a ride. A lot of stories to tell. June, you have my deepest sympathy on the passing of Elo.
We were on vacation. I was reading the pass news papers when I got the news I gave up looking for you guys years ago. I am sorry I did!
June, You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband and my friend.

Yvonne Johnson

July 18, 2021

I took a couple classes with Elo in high school. I found him to be a friendly kind’a guy, likeable, good-natured and witty. I remained in touch with him and a handful of our classmates throughout the decades. When I learned from June that he was in the hospital, I stayed in touch with her to check on his progress until he returned home. I would call to chat with him from time to time and even put him in contact with one of his closest friends (during those early years). They had not talked in years and it lifted his spirits. Months later, June called to inform me of his passing, The news hit hard. None of us know our time and as my mother reminded me during my more “mature” years, “We don’t come here to stay”. I know Elo is at peace now. He lived a full life with passion and purpose. May his soul rest in peace.

Norman Beal

July 16, 2021

Tremendous Team Mate, Good Friend, Enjoyable Personality, Will always be remembered fondly by me. God Bless Your Family and I know The Lord is With You. We will always be bonded for our City Championship Team together forever.

Norman Beal

Marguerite Prados

July 16, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Elo's passing. We lived in Bristow Village in Annandale and saw Elo and June over the years. Elo always was so kind (as is June) and one thing that I always remember about Elo was his wonderful smile that would light up his whole face and just seeing that smile made one feel like it was going to be a good day! Elo was a wonderful southern gentleman and the world has lost a big, gentle giant. He will be missed and he and all of his family will be in our special prayers. Rest in peace Elo!
With fond memories, Alfred and Marguerite Prados

Avis Fullen

July 16, 2021

The Theodore Roosevelt High School Class of 1964 extends our deepest sympathy to the family. Elo was a great classmate and we have fond memories of our time together in and out of school. You are in our prayers. May God give you peace and comfort.

Andrea and David Aleman

July 11, 2021

We have been neighbors of Elo since moving into Bristow Village in 1998. Elo always had a smile and was always so pleasant to talk with over the years. We loved to hear his football stories. We will miss him talking to Bruiser and referring to him as 'Big Guy' when he saw him. He will be sadly missed but know he is at peace and no pain. With much love, David and Andrea