Edward William Gaskill

June 14, 1921November 12, 2012

Services for Edward William Gaskill, 91, of Lufkin, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Brian Wiggins and Bro. Ty Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park with full military honors. Mr. Gaskill was born June 14, 1921 in Sommerset, New York, the son of the late Grace Leoninte (Martin) and Donald Stewart Gaskill. He passed away Monday, November 12, 2012 in a local hospital. Mr. Gaskill was retired from the AFL-CIO. He traveled all over establishing unions. He was a beekeeper for 15 years. Mr. Gaskill was his own financial broker. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and fished in every Great Lake. From the time that he and his wife married, they traveled all over. They were married in Niagra Falls. Mr. Gaskill became a resident of Pinecrest Retirement Community in 2001 and his family wishes to thank all the staff and nurses for many years of caring for him. They also wish to thank Dr. Karnati and his staff for their compassionate care. Mr. Gaskill enlisted in the United States Army in New York with duites in Hawaii, Gilbert, Marianas, New Hebrides and Ryukyus Islands. He was responsible for a machine gun squad in the 105th Infantry. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Service, Asiatic-Pacif Service Medal with arrowhead, Good Conduct, and Purple Heart. Ed planted 26 rose bushes for Miss Cookie so she would have fresh roses every day. He is survived by his wife, Helen "Cookie" Shearer Gaskill of Lufkin; stepdaughters and their husbands, Sharon Shearer London and Wes of Lufkin, and Gail Shearer Dalrymple and Gerry of Montgomery; step grandchildren, Michael Wesley London and wife Ashley of Diboll, Stephen Douglas London and wife Regina of Jasper, Candace London Metz and husband Chris of Huntsville, Kari Hood French and husband John of Huntsville and Larra Hood and Stephen Smith of San Antonio; step-great grandchildren, Colton and Cyle Metz, Joshua and Jayson London and Jacob and Jeffrey French; brother, Roger Gaskill of Caliente, Nevada; nephew and niece, John Gibson and wife Dian of Lockport, New York; great-nephews, Mike, David and Douglas of Las Vegas, Nevada and Roddy Gaskill of Longview; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mildred and Doc Mosley of Houston, Lynn and Jimmy Hatfield of Bowie and Patsy Deweber of Bowie; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Joyce Pruett of Cleveland, Vernon and Lottie Pruett of California, and Glynn and Helen Pruett of Ft. Worth; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Gaskill was preceded in death by his first wife, Carrie Gaskill. Pallbearers will be John French, Steve London, Mike London, John Gibson, Bobby Reynolds, Stephen Smith, Chris Metz, and Colt Metz. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Gipson Funeral Home. Mr. Gaskill will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders of the Hemphill Chapter to his final resting place. Condolences may be offered at Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home


  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Edward William Gaskill

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Susan Atwater

November 28, 2012

I will always remember the couple of times I visited with you, Cookie, and Bill when you came to Somerset and camped at the Lake. Both of you displayed such a joy in living! It was contagious! He was so blessed to have you during these past years. I enjoyed talking family history and war stories with him. His memories of the farm were so enjoyable to hear. I wish I had taken notes. Maybe I did- I'll have to look for them....I wish we had been able to see each other more but we'll have time once we join him in Heaven. May God bless you and your family who have been so much like his own. Love you, Cookie.....

The Rev. Ashley Cook

November 15, 2012

It was my privilege to have a chaplain visit with him two weeks ago. My condolences and warm thoughts to his dear Cookie. He and I shared a lovely talk on faith, many memories shared from his WWII service, and he even sang me a song. God blessed our prayer together and I will always remember it. He was one of the last visits I made in my last week as chaplain, before I moved into a new job. His kind spirit, humor and hospitality are something I will never forget. I know the God he relied on has taken him home to live forever in His presence, singing and praising the Lord! May God bless and comfort his family.

November 14, 2012

was such a joy to know Mr.Gaskill. had a lot of wonderful stories. we will miss you!Donna Richardson LVN Pinecrest

November 14, 2012

John and I are so sorry for the loss of Ed. He was such a wonderful person , he will be missed .John and I loved to hear all his stories of old times. May God comfort you in all your sorrows. Love from John and Dorothy London

Kathy Hamilton

November 14, 2012

Mrs Gaskill,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy and Staff of A Caring Touch Home Health

November 14, 2012

Our dear friend Cookie, and Ed too, (we feel he is listening also): What an honor, Cookie, for us to know and befriend your wonderful husband Ed. The "war" stories we heard him tell will be forever embedded into our memories. And, we will always remember the repetitive injection of "...and 'nat." during his adventurous tales of his life journies. We will treasure the fun times we had, going to the rodeo, fishing and camping at the lake, eating out, playing 42, and all the other things we did together. We know God will keep you wrapped in His arms and hold you close through this transitional time and will continue to walk with you in the days ahead. Our deepest love and sympathy to you, Sharon, Wes and all the family. Kent and Anzo (Ann) Richardson

Daniel & Shalain Smith

November 14, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.