Billie Jo Walker Gaskins, 75, of Venus, Fla., died Dec. 18 in Lehigh Acres after a courageous 14-year battle with cancer.
She was born March 2, 1938 to James Thomas and Linnie Belle Kirby Walker in McMinnville. She met and married the love of her life, Thomas Gaskins Jr., on Oct. 16, 1971 in Nashville. She worked for 20 years for Alico first as an administrative assistant, finally working as a corporate secretary. She was a member of Central Church of Christ for many years.
Billie Jo leaves behind her loving husband of 42 years; Thomas Gaskins Jr., of Venus; two wonderful sons and their wives; Thomas Gaskins III and his wife Jennifer of Labelle, and James Gaskins and his wife Elise of Lake Placid; six grandchildren Sadie, Thomas, Walker, Summer, Lily Jo and Wesley, two brothers; James Morris Walker and Larry Thomas Walker, both of McMinnville, and a host of extended family and friends.
Celebration of Billie Jo’s life will be held Saturday at noon at Central Church of Christ of LaBelle with minister Steven Hildebrand officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle. Interment will take place in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia immediately following the celebration Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, Billie Jo’s family has requested donations to the following charity organizations:
Mt. Dora Christian Home 301 West 13th Avenue Mt. Dora, Fla., 32757; Florida Cancer Specialist Foundation (FCS Foundation) 4371 Veronica S. Shoemaker, Blvd., Fort Myers, Fla., 33916. Hope Hospice Development Office 9470 HealthPark Circle Fort Myers, Fla., 33908; Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, Fla., 32064.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Dec. 20, 2013