Douglas Allvine Gaskins (Junie) was born on July 20, 1942 to the late Douglas Albert and Velvetieen Gaskins in Junction City, Kansas. He was the youngest of three children, Stanford Collins (deceased) and Sharon Scott-Wright. Junie moved to Washington DC in 1947, where he was educated in the District of Columbia Public School System.
First, he loved his Momma, whom he considered as his best friend. During his early childhood, Junie could always be seen with his sister Sharon while attending outdoor activities and trips to the movie theater, which generally occurred on a Sunday afternoon after church. Junie was a Super Fan of the Washington Redskins and loved playing the lottery.
Junie lived a quiet life and enjoyed being with his family and celebrating the holidays. He was an active member of Holy Comforter Church, where he attended Mass services until a decline in his health occurred.
His employment career was centered around him working for the Federal Government. He worked with the following agencies: Arlington National Cemetery, US Geological Survey, and US Navy Joint Base Anacostia Bolling Public Works Department where he worked until his retirement.
Junie met his best friend Ronald Gattis (Barbara) while working at Bolling Air Force Base, of which they built a brotherhood for over 30 years and were inseparable.
He married at an early age to Lajuan Greenhow, who preceded him in death. After a long courtship he married his wife Vida Gordon. He was a father of twelve children, seven whom preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife Vida Gaskins and surviving children, Donald, Donna, Warren, Douglas Jr. (Alisa), Dewayne (Stephanie). Junie was a loving & caring father and worked hard to support them in their up bringing. He was also a loving father to his surviving stepchildren Demont (Nicole), James (Devette), Christopher (LaTarsha), and Terence (Alicia) Gordon, whom he acknowledged as his own children. Junie is also survived by 15 Grandchildren, 22 Great-Grandchildren, 8 Step- Grandchildren and his sister Deacon Sharon Scott- Wright (Lewis), and half-sister Deloris Keele Gaskins (Pedro Alburto), along with a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
Walk Thru Visitation will be held on Monday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Henry S. Washington & Sons Funeral Home, 4927 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20019. (NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, MASKS/FACIAL COVERINGS AND 6 FT SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED).
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