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Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Lewie Douglas "Doug" Gasaway

August 4, 1956February 26, 2020
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Lewie Douglas “Doug” Gasaway, born August 4, 1956, passed away at home on February 26, 2020 at the age of 63. He was a member of Ridgedale Baptist Church where he served as worship leader. Former employee of ORNL for over 30 years. Preceded in death by his father, Louis Gasaway; grandchildren, Aiden and Olivia Martin. Survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Sharon Kidwell Gasaway; mother, Jean Gasaway; sons, Russell (Misty) Martin, Bradley Martin; grandson, Oliver Martin; mother-in-law, Norma Kidwell; Furbabies, his girls, Bailey and Sophie. A special thank you to East TN Dialysis Center and Dr. Abu Hatab for their special care. Family will receive friends Friday at Weaver’s Chapel from 5:00-7:00 pm with service to follow. Family and friends will meet Saturday at 10:45 am at Oak Ridge Memorial Park Chapel for an 11:00 am interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. Condolences are welcome at weaverfuneralservices.com. Weaver Funeral Home 5815 Western Ave. Knoxville, TN 37921

  • FAMILY

  • Louis Gasaway, Father (deceased)
  • Aiden Martin, Grandson (deceased)
  • Olivia Martin, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Sharon Kidwell Gasaway, Wife
  • Jean Gasaway, Mother
  • Russell Martin, Son
  • Misty Martin, Daughter-in-law
  • Bradley Martin, Son
  • Oliver Martin, Grandson
  • Norma Kidwell, Mother-in-law
  • Bailey and Sophie, His Furbaby Girls
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bradley Martin, Active
  • Russell Martin, Active
  • Brian Silvey, Active
  • Skip Miller, Active
  • Jay Summers, Active
  • Greg Crawford, Active
  • DONATIONS

  • The Kidney Foundation
  • The American Heart Association

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 29, 2020

Memories

Lewie Douglas "Doug" Gasaway

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Carla Gasaway Whitson

March 2, 2020

Haven't seen Doug in years. We used to go to his house when I was young. Always had a good time. He will be missed
May God grant peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Darrell Lewis

February 28, 2020

Sharon.....you're in my and Katie's thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss...

Pam Tarlton

February 28, 2020

Sharon and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Before I retired I worked many years with Doug at ORNL's NTRC Building. He was a joy to work with and always kept everyone on their toes. He had such talent at playing the keyboards and he had a beautiful voice. When he sang and played in their band "Knox Vegas," I was fortunate enough to go hear them perform many times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and let me know if there is anything I can do to be of some assistance. My love to all of you. Pam Tarlton 💜💜

Mark Ray

February 28, 2020

I was so sorry to hear this news. I met Doug through our mutual love of playing, and singing live music in the band Knox Vegas. He was always a pleasure to be around, and took pride in playing/singing the songs the band selected to the best of our abilities. Please accept our condolences and know that the family is in our prayers.

Mark & Kathy Ray

SHARON REDMON

February 28, 2020

Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with Doug for several years and Y-12. He was a good person and I hate to hear that he has left us so soon. Sherri

Ellen Doody

February 28, 2020

Sharon, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.

Amanda King

February 28, 2020

I took care of Doug at the dialysis clinic and I am
So saddened of the news. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Kay Hooks

February 27, 2020

Sharon and family, Bill and I were so saddened to learn of Doug's passing. What a truly gifted man he was. We enjoyed listening to him play the keyboard every Sunday at Ridgedale. I can't imagine being there and not seeing him in his usual place! And what a beautiful singing voice he had! We were blown away the first time we heard him. May you find comfort in the Lord's capable arms during this most difficult time. You are in our hearts and prayers. Doug, my friend, you will be missed. Oh, but what a reunion I'm sure you are having in Heaven with loved ones gone before you and our Lord! Bill and Kay Hooks

Frank Lyles

February 27, 2020

Our deepest sympathy during this time.
Frank and Laura Lyles

Gibby Seals

February 27, 2020

Sharon, I worked with Doug for over 20 years. Such a great person. Kept to himself mostly but great fun to be around and great to work with. I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

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Biography

In the song of life, Lewie Douglas "Doug" Gasaway was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Doug preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Doug believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Doug perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

      Doug was born on August 4, 1956 at St. Mary's Hospital in Knoxville, TN. His parents were Lewis and Jean Gasaway. He was raised in Powell, TN. As a young child, Doug was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Doug rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

      As he was growing up, Doug developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and he took pleasure in using his hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, he liked concrete things. Growing up, he took part in football and basketball. In his spare time he liked drawing, music and cars. However, to Doug, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

      Early on in his school years, Doug showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Doug with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. His passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even his teachers recognized it. He graduated from Powell High School in 1974. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was band.

      In college, Doug showed that he was able to focus on what was necessary. He found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested him. Using his understanding of language, he was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. He also demonstrated his artistic temperament and talent, even in classes that weren’t typically considered art courses. Doug's ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to him. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Tennessee in 1980.

      Those who didn’t know Doug well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. He was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Doug's, you understood how true a friend he could be. While growing up, some of his best friends were Rich, Mike and Mark. Later in life, he became friends with Greg.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Doug had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On September 17, 1994, Doug exchanged wedding vows with his life partner Sharon Patricia Kidwell at the Smoky Mountain Wedding Chapel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

      Doug was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his children. These emotional bonds made him as much playmate as parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, sharing his artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Doug was blessed with two children; sons, Russell and Bradley. They were also blessed with one grandson, Oliver.

      Doug found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was program manager. He was employed for 30 plus years at Y-12 and ORNL. He tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

      Doug enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite hobbies were playing music, collecting guns and knives, traveling, and UT football. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. He was relaxed in his approach to his leisure time because he wanted to savor the present moment.

      Doug liked sports. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were college football and Nascar racing.

      Doug's faith was important to him. He was a member of Ridgedale Baptist Church for 15 years. During that time, he was worship praise team leader and an elder. His passionate commitment to upholding his values placed him at home in his religion, where he took comfort in the company of others who believed as he did.

      Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Doug was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. He often undervalued his achievements and abilities and simply viewed his performance as fulfilling his responsibilities. Some of his most prestigious awards included Dept. of Energy Exceptional Service Award from Energy Quality Council Oct. 1997 and Dept. of Energy 2001 Information Technology Quality Award from Chief Information Officer March 2002, National Nuclear Security Administration Dept. of Energy Certificate of Appreciation, Jan of 2009.

      Because he loved the world around him, Doug enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Doug put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favorite vacations included trips to Las Vegas, Nevada; San Francisco, California; Niagara Falls, Canada; Sturgis, South Dakota';Cadiz, Spain; Victoria, Canada; Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Seattle, Washington.

      Doug was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Two of Doug's favorites were Sophie, a beagle and Bailey, a golden doodle. He was best friends with Sophie for 9 years and Bailey 5 years.

      When Doug's retirement finally arrived in 2019, he was well prepared. Even in retirement, he continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances.

      Doug passed away on February 26, 2020 at home. His passing was due to kidney complications and a possible heart issue. He is survived by wife, Sharon; mother, Jean; sons, Russell (Misty) Gasaway, Bradley Gasaway; grandson, Oliver; mother-in-law, Norma; sisters-in-law, Tammy and Vickie; brothers-in-law, Marvin and Mike. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville, TN. Doug was laid to rest in Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak Ridge, TN.

      Doug was a good man, a kind man, and a practical man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasure of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Doug always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. He was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Lewie Douglas "Doug" Gasaway.