GRAY- Gerald Leo Baskett, 81, passed away on Wednesday (July 8, 2015) at the Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Gerald was a loving husband of 56 years and a devoted caring father of five children, 14 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was a charter member of the Adoration Chapel and also worked with St. Vincent de Paul charities. Mr. Baskett served honorably in the United States Navy. His passion and life was his family whom he loved camping with, especially at Elkmont campground in the Smoky Mountains. He retired from Piedmont Airlines/U.S. Airways after 32 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Hobart and Madeline Baskett, brother, Vincent Baskett, sisters, Margaret Booth and Viola Berry.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ruth Baskett, sons; Mark Baskett and his wife, Carrie, Greg Baskett and his wife, Vicki, Anthony Baskett and his wife, Cheryl, daughters; Tamila Combs, Kimberly Foster and her husband, Daniel, grandchildren; Matthew Combs (Niki), Josh Baskett (Melanie), Thomas Combs (Breanna), Dusty Baskett (Jamie), Christa Baskett, Aaron Baskett, Chase Foster and fiancé, Allison, Drew Baskett, Andrew Baskett, Brandon Baskett, Michael Baskett, Logan Foster, Hannah Baskett, and Ava Baskett, great-grandchildren; Jacqui Combs, Clay Combs, Kyra Baskett, sister-in-law, Trula Hussong (David) and his special dog, Sammy.
The family will receive friends Saturday beginning at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rosary service will be held at 12:15 P.M. with The Catholic Funeral Mass of Resurrection to follow at 1:00 P.M. Father Tom Charters will officiate assisted by Deacon Mike Jacobs.
Graveside services with Military Honors given by the American Legion Posts 3/265 Honor Guard will be conducted following the Funeral Mass at Monte Vista Memorial Park.
Mr. Baskett’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul charities or the building fund at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Johnson City.
The family would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped us during this transition time as our loved one has passed on from this earthly life to our heavenly father.
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