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Richard Allen Gassaway

Sneads, Florida

November 21, 1935 - July 8, 2024

Richard Allen Gassaway Obituary

Richard Allen Gassaway, born on November 21, 1935, in Atlanta, GA, to Simpson "Mac" McPherson Gassaway and Ida Lew Gassaway, passed away at the age of 88. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Richard's legacy is carried on by his devoted wife, Sandra Jeanne Gassaway, and his children, Richard "Rick" McPherson Gassaway, Russell Allen Gassaway Sr., and Patricia Susan Tessier. He was also a caring stepfather to Evelyn Ann Gassaway and Virginia Katherine Wolff.


Richard's family was his pride and joy. He is survived by his grandchildren Rachael Lynn Medina, Whitney Victoria Woodard, Ashlynne Claire Tessier, Elizabeth "Zibby" Anne Gassaway, Russell Allen Gassaway II, Russell Jonathan Wolff, and Lawrence "Trey" Albert Tessier III. He was also a proud great-grandfather to Blake, Talynn, and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Medina and Alexander "Xander" Bourassa.


Richard's beloved sister, Sally Roberson, survives him, while he is predeceased by his brother, James "Jim" Gassaway.


A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Microbiology, Richard began his career as an assistant professor in the nursing program at Georgia Tech. He later enjoyed a fulfilling career as a Microbiologist with the Georgia State Health Department, where he worked for over 20 years. His service to his country in Intelligence Communications in the Army was a source of great pride.


In 1986, Richard retired and, with Sandra, moved to Port St. Lucie, FL, and later Marianna, FL. He embraced his retirement with enthusiasm, indulging in his many hobbies. An avid fisherman, woodcarver, and artist, Richard also loved playing the guitar and singing. His adventurous spirit was evident in his youth through activities such as bull riding, scuba diving, spearfishing, and skiing.


Richard and his sons shared a passion for racing with the Metro Atlanta Quarter Midget Association (MAQMA) during their younger years. His talents extended to taxidermy and photography, and he had a deep love for genealogy and sharing family pictures.


Richard Allen Gassaway's life was one of love, adventure, and dedication. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his spirit lives on in the hearts of his family and friends. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Richard's life, with details to be announced at a later time.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Allen Gassaway hosted by McAlpin Funeral Home.

Richard Allen Gassaway, born on November 21, 1935, in Atlanta, GA, to Simpson "Mac" McPherson Gassaway and Ida Lew Gassaway, passed away at the age of 88. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Richard's legacy is carried on by his devoted wife, Sandra Jeanne Gassaway, and his children, Richard "Rick" McPherson Gassaway, Russell Allen Gassaway Sr., and Patricia Susan Tessier. He was also a caring stepfather to Evelyn Ann Gassaway and Virginia Katherine Wolff.


Richard's family was his pride and joy. He is survived by his grandchildren Rachael Lynn Medina, Whitney Victoria Woodard, Ashlynne Claire Tessier, Elizabeth "Zibby" Anne Gassaway, Russell Allen Gassaway II, Russell Jonathan Wolff, and Lawrence "Trey" Albert Tessier III. He was also a proud great-grandfather to Blake, Talynn, and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Medina and Alexander "Xander" Bourassa.


Richard's beloved sister, Sally Roberson, survives him, while he is predeceased by his brother, James "Jim" Gassaway.


A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Microbiology, Richard began his career as an assistant professor in the nursing program at Georgia Tech. He later enjoyed a fulfilling career as a Microbiologist with the Georgia State Health Department, where he worked for over 20 years. His service to his country in Intelligence Communications in the Army was a source of great pride.


In 1986, Richard retired and, with Sandra, moved to Port St. Lucie, FL, and later Marianna, FL. He embraced his retirement with enthusiasm, indulging in his many hobbies. An avid fisherman, woodcarver, and artist, Richard also loved playing the guitar and singing. His adventurous spirit was evident in his youth through activities such as bull riding, scuba diving, spearfishing, and skiing.


Richard and his sons shared a passion for racing with the Metro Atlanta Quarter Midget Association (MAQMA) during their younger years. His talents extended to taxidermy and photography, and he had a deep love for genealogy and sharing family pictures.


Richard Allen Gassaway's life was one of love, adventure, and dedication. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his spirit lives on in the hearts of his family and friends. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Richard's life, with details to be announced at a later time.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Allen Gassaway hosted by McAlpin Funeral Home.

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