Jerry Marshall Gasperson II

April 14, 1965 - January 17, 2018
Jerry Marshall Gasperson II

Jerry “Marshall” Gasperson II, age 52, of Deep Gap, NC, passed away from natural causes, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 while residing at Carolina Beach, NC.

He was born in Buncombe County on April 14, 1965. He was preceded in death by his mom, Dortha “Dot” Gasperson Whitaker, his dad, Ray Whitaker, and his father, Jerry Marshall Gasperson.

He leaves behind a devoted wife, Judy Haas, a beloved daughter, Emily Haas and many friends and family.

Marshall took most pride in being Emily’s dad and mentor. His greatest accomplishment was being principal of Watauga High School where he was actively engaged in the building of the new high school, enhancing the CTE program, and the development of the ROTC program. He believed that the best educators were the ones that could reach all students, not only high achievers.

Marshall was a lifelong learner. He would often be found reading a book, listening to a podcast, or tackling a puzzle. His happy place was at the beach fishing, in the kitchen testing out a new recipe, or listening to music while running. He enjoyed old westerns, being around children, and spending time with his dogs and good friend, George. Marshall found peace in the simple things in life like mowing the lawn, driving his old Chevy pickup truck, and watching football (Watauga HS, Notre Dame, and the Cowboys).

Marshall was a man of little words and believed one’s actions were an indicator of their character. He especially knew this be true during difficult times, when taking responsibility and tackling challenges head on is the most important. Marshall acknowledged his imperfection. His life was one of great challenges and successes. He served his country*, was a first generation college student, a teacher/administrator, husband, father, mentor and friend.

*He served his country with honor and distinction in the United States Army.

No public services are being planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of J Marshall Gasperson to Paws Place Dog Rescue, or the Fort Fisher Aquarium at Kure Beach (

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  • January 22, 2018
    Wanda coles says:
    So, so sorry for your loss! Judy you and Emily are in my thoughts and Prayers for peace and comfort! ,Love You Guy's!!

  • January 22, 2018
    Karen and Dave Robertson says:
    Judy and Emily, our hearts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Marshall and I started at Watauga High School at the same time in the fall of 1994 and worked together for 17 years. He always had a smile for me and we had mutual respect for each other. I have such wonderful memories of Emily as her school counselor and friend. Emily, nothing made your dad happier than to talk about you and share your many accomplishments. He adored you. Judy, you are our sweet friend and we are here for you and Emily. May God send His peace and comfort and may you feel His presence. Karen and Dave

  • January 22, 2018
    Rita and Wyatt Wells says:
    We are so sorry for the untimely death of Marshall. Judy and Emily, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • January 22, 2018
    Kim Mitchell says:
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • January 21, 2018
    Kay McGowan says:
    Marshall was my office mate for a year at the old high school. He was such a kind and caring person. My heart goes out to his family. Kay