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Mr. Jacob Gaston

Sunset: September 16, 2020

Mr. Jacob Gaston, son of the late Mr. Jessie Gaston and Mrs. Melvenia Gamble Gaston, was born in Florence County on August 4, 1955.

Jacob received his formal education in the public schools of Lake City, SC. After graduating from Lake City High School in 1974, he entered the U.S. Army and served honorably as a Specialist (SP4). He continued serving his country after active duty service as a civilian warrior within the SC National Guard. Jacob’s passion was to be in the trucking industry and he enjoyed a successful 40-year career, retiring as a professional long-haul truck driver.

“Jake” as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, had a very quiet and loving spirit, always willing to help others in any way possible. He joined the St. John United Methodist Church of Lake City, SC, where he served faithfully within the finance ministry and on several church committees. He was proud to represent the Gaston-Walker family as a patriarch to continue the legacy of his late grandparents, Mr. Isaiah and Annie Gamble and Mr. Loveth and Julia Gaston. Jacob was also a member of the Masonic Will Do Lodge #322 of Lake City, SC. He will be sadly missed by his entire family and many dear friends.

Early on Wednesday morning, September 16, 2020, Jacob “Jake” Gaston’s earthly life ended while in the care of Medical University of SC-Health Center in Florence, SC.

Those who remain to honor his memory is his wife, Betty Ann Cooper Gaston (Lake City, SC); a brother, Horace Gaston (Lake City, SC); three sisters: Ivy Dell Matthews (Lake City, SC), Jannie Gaston (Upper Marlboro, MD), and Annie Lee Matthews (Coward, SC). Additionally, two nieces: Jaleesa Matthews (Lake City, SC) and Lori Matthews (Coward, SC); four nephews from Coward, SC: Preston Harrison, Wallace Harrison, Charles Harrison, and Robert Matthews; one uncle and three aunts of Lake City, SC: Wadell Gamble, Emma Walker, Vernice Graham, and Cora Lee Wilson; an aunt, Jean Davis (Baltimore, MD); a close family friend, Jimmy Lee Blizzard of Lake City, SC; and a host of other relatives and friends.