John Ralph Gasque, 90, widower of Gertruse S. Gasque and a resident of Marion Nursing Center in Rains, SC, entered in eternal rest on Monday, April 26, 2004. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Thurs. April 29, 2004 at 2pm at Smith-Collins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Devotion Gardens Cem.
Mr. Gasque was born May 16, 1913 in the Zion secion of Marion County, SC. He was one of seven sons and two daughters born to Cordie A. Gasque and Jennie Price Gasque. He was a retired lawyer, developer, and a former State House Representative and Senator. Although Mr. Gasque did not finish high school, he went to Washington, DC passed an entrance exam and enrolled in the National University Law School as a special student. He graduated June 1941 with LLB degree and received his masters degree a year later.
Mr. Gasque was elected to the State House in 1944 and again in 1946. He ran and won the Senate in 1948. He was elected again to fill an unexpired term in 1966 and was the Marion County Senator for the next 20 years. In April 1968 he qualified for the Guniess Book of World Records for filibster in the state legislature when he spoke 38 hours and 20 minutes championing his cause for lower cost prescription glasses. On March 13, 1988 the Tax and Records Building located behind the Marion County Courthouse was named the J Ralph Gasque Building. A portrait of him hangs in the courthouse.
He is survived by his stepson William E. Gasque of Charleston, SC, a sister, Milred G. Simmons of Springfield, Virginia and 2 brothers, retired family court Judge S Norwood Gasque of Latta, SC and C.Aubrey Gasque of Alexandria, Virginia.
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