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John Gaston

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[March 13, 2008]  WAYNESVILLE -- U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John C. Gaston, 26, of Waynesville died Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 10:55 p.m. at Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at the Abundant Life Christian Church in Waynesville. Dave Taylor and Army chaplain Capt. Michael McCawley will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

Burial, with military rites, will be in Union Cemetery, Waynesville.

Mr. Gaston joined the U.S. Army in 2002. He completed a 14-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and 15 months on a tour of duty in Iraq, in which he received a Bronze Star. He was currently serving in the 287th Military Police Company, part of the 97th Military Police Battalion stationed at Fort Riley, Kan.

He was born Aug. 10, 1981, in Plano, Texas, to John Clinton and Sherri June Orr Gaston.

He is survived by his father, John Clinton Gaston (and Jody Lane) of Waynesville; his mother and stepfather, Sherri (and Irvin) Figgins of Toledo; his sister, Maria (and Curtis) Smith of Beason; his paternal grandfather and stepgrandmother, Calvin H. (and Ethel) Gaston of Waynesville; his maternal grandfather, Russell Orr of Stanford; three stepbrothers, Preston Figgins and Austin Figgins, both of Toledo, and Pvt. 2 Caleb Primmer of Atlanta, serving with the 724th Transportation Unit based at Bartonville; one stepsister, Christi Primmer of Clinton; one niece, Jennifer Smith; and three nephews, Clinton Smith, Jacob Primmer and Brady Primmer.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandmothers.

He was a member of the Waynesville Christian Church and Waynesville American Legion Post 1189.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He graduated from Olympia High School in 1999.

Memorials may be made to Waynesville American Legion Post 1189 or the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

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