Karleen is a graduate of North Brook High School, where she served on the yearbook staff, and was a member of the Debate, Cheer, Business, and Library Clubs. She was also part of the cheerleading squad. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Business Education from Lenoir-Rhyne College, she then pursued graduate studies at Western Carolina University.
One of the highlights of his life was spending the summer of 1945 in Washington, DC, working at the US Census Bureau. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate VJ Day on the steps of the Capitol.
After graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1947, Karleen went to work for her father at Cherry Motors of Cherryville. There she met the love of her life, New Bern native Tracy Leland Gaskins, Jr. After a whirlwind courtship, the two were married on October 3, 1948. Three children, Debra Karleen, Mary Suzanne and Tracy Leland III, were born to this union.
In addition to raising the children, Karleen spent the 1950s and early 1960s teaching typing, business classes, English and Spanish at North Brook High School, while directing the play of junior class theater and sponsoring The Babbling Brook, the school newspaper. The class of 1959 dedicated the yearbook Le Souvenir to him. She was also Tracy’s car dealership accountant. In 1963, she was one of the pioneers in developing the Exceptional Children’s Program for schools in Lincoln County.
While a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Karleen taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Parsonage Committee and chaired the Christian Education Committee.
At First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, she served on the Parsonage Committee, Finance Committee, and as Circle President.
In 1970, Karleen became chief accounting officer of Marvin S. Beam, Inc., her father’s Ford dealership. Later, she became an authorized Ford dealer, joining her father under the Ford Motor Company sales and service contract.
Very active in the Cherryville community, Karleen was a member of the Cherryville Music Club, the Readers’ Book Club and the Dancing Cherries. She was also a founding member of the Cheri-Weeders Garden Club, life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, president of the Village Garden Club, and a member of the board of trustees of the Cherryville Historical Museum. Additionally, she was an organizing and founding member, as well as regent, of the Tryon Resolves Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Karleen loved shopping, dancing and partying. She was especially devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Another passion of hers was travel, as she visited most of the United States and the Caribbean and made several trips to Western Europe, as well as one to Eastern Europe. She also traveled to Hong Kong and visited Japan twice.
Karleen was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Tracy Leland Gaskins, Jr. In 1987, she married Harry Carroll Price, Jr., who also predeceased her.
She is survived by her daughters, Debra Gaskins Beam (George) of Cherryville, North Carolina; Suzanne Gaskins Rudisill of Greenville, South Carolina; one son, Tracy Leland Gaskins III (Carolyn) of Tokyo, Japan; granddaughters, Ashley Rudisill Forbes (Scott) of Greenville, SC; Chelsea Michelle Rudisill (Luke Browder) of Irmo, SC; Courtney Beam Brett (Jonathan) from Barnsley, UK; and great-grandsons, Jackson Scott Forbes and Reid Harrison Forbes of Greenville, SC.
The family would like to thank their wonderful team of caregivers and the employees of Hospice of Cleveland County.
Karleen will rest at Carpenter-Porter Funeral Home on Monday, January 24, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Due to the threat of COVID-19, family will not be attending. An official memorial service is planned for late spring. To honor Karleen, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 North Pink Street, Cherryville, NC 28021; the Bess Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Linda Towery, 2357 Bess Chapel Church Road Cherryville, NC 28021; Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150, or donor’s chosen charity.
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Posted by Carpenter-Porter Funeral & Cremation Services on January 20, 2022.