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John Anthony Gastright, MD

John Anthony Gastright, MD
  • July 25, 1942 - September 24, 2017
  • Johns Island, South Carolina

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“John was an extraordinary and gifted gentleman whose laugh was bigger than he was. We shared a lot of them and now they will be heard in the wind....Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy Alsgard - South Pittsburg, TN

“Dearest Barbara and family,Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you,Love,Theresa and Jim Moore ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Theresa Moore - Atlanta, GA

“Barb and Dr. John and FamilyDr.John was more than a brother in law he was more as a second Father to my husband Terry and Barbara more as a Sister...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Terry and Tami Vance - KY

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Allen and Gwendolyn Brown - SC

“Michael, please accept my sympathies for you and your family on the loss of your father. Dads are such special people. Know you are in my prayers...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Ginger Macaulay - Lexington, SC

“SO SORRY EVERYBODY, PRAYERS FOR ALL ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: Mike Brooks

“To: Barbara and the and the Gastright family. I was saddened and surprised at JOHN'S passing. May GODs comfort, mercy and blessing be with you at...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Wayne Smallwood - Cincinnati, OH

“To Barbara and the entire Gastright family,I've known and had the privilege of working very closely with Dr. Gastright for many years while he was...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Minga Kelly - Garden City, NY

“My deepest condolences to the entire Gastright family. Dr. G was such a great leader and had a personality that captured everyone that he worked with...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa Boodram - NY - Coworker

“He was a great man, great sense of humor. I have many fond memories of visiting him, my cousin Barb and the kids when we were growing up. John will...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Sally Kilpatrick - Pueblo, CO

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: American Heart Association

2016 Bellevue,Ky
12 of 27 | Posted by: Terry and Tami Vance

John and his wonderful kids July 2017
13 of 27 | Posted by: Terry and Tami Vance

“Our deepest condolences. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Cristiano Ventura - WA

“I never met Dr. John Gastright but I knew of him through his Son, Michael. Stories about sailing, about his advice as a doctor, and him perhaps...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Scott Lilly - Mount Holly, NC

“Dear Barbara and family, my sympathy to you in this difficult time. I did not know John as an adult but certainly have fun memories of when the...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy (Gastright) Overman - FL

“Barbara and Family: As I sit here and read this obituary, I remain heartbroken too! It's just so hard to believe. My friendship and memories with...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Tootie Black-Tortorici - Marion, SC

“Barb and her Family,So sorry to hear about Dr. John's passing. I know the pain and emptiness you feel. You were married 54 years to your sweetheart...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Alfred Creech - Independence, KY

“Condolences to the entire Gastright family, friends and relatives. He was a great man, a true gentleman, and a visionary. I will certainly miss him...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Rick Weymier - Dallas, TX

“This is one of the hardest messages I've ever had to write. It is so difficult to bid a farewell to someone you care so much about. Dr. Gastright has...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Tiffany Henderson - Garden City, NY

“Dear Aunt Barbara, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Johnny. He was my favorite uncle.Listening to Dad and him joking or playing music are...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Peggy Bintz - Hendersonville, NC

“I didn't have the pleasure of knowing John for a long time but in the short amount of time I spent with him, I grew very fond of the kind, generous,...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Kay Steinlicht - Edisto Island, SC

“My sincere condolences to John's family. He was a fine, smart man. I saw him as innovative in healthcare delivery, in the best sense, looking for...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Francis Middleton, MD - SC

“Mr. Gastright, your a real patriarch of a man, who stood up to plot his own road, you knew what life was all about at the beginning. You believed in...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Ron Gross - Las Vegas, NV

“Dr G, you will always have a special place in my heart. You taught me so much during the 15 years we worked together. May you rest in peace ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Marilyn Myers - Charleston, SC

“I remember Dr G as the most gentle sincere and kind man. I worked with him in NY and learned so much from him. He had such kind Heart and valued...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Yolanda Mordue - Bristol, TN

“I got to know Dr. Gastright during his time as Medical Director with Heritage New York IPA. He was a true gentleman with whom I had many enjoyable...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Sparacino - Garden City, NY


John Anthony Gastright, MD, passed away on September 23, 2017, at his home on Johns Island, SC, following a sudden illness. John was born July 25, 1942 in Dayton, KY, to Thomas A. and Inez (Collins) Gastright.

John married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Vance, in 1963, and they recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. He was the proud father of three children, Beverly O'Hearn (Steve), John Gastright, Jr. (Kendra) and Michael Gastright (Abigail Duval). John took great pleasure in teasing his grandchildren - Erin, Lauren and Stephen O'Hearn; John III, Amy and Thomas Gastright; Chelsie Skroback (Brian), Michael II (Aurora), and Sarah, as well as Abigail's children Grayson, Reagan and Landon.

John earned his BA from the University of Cincinnati, and his Masters in Chemistry from Xavier University. He attended medical school at the University of Kentucky, and later completed a residency in Internal Medicine at MUSC. John loved caring for his patients, most recently with West Ashley Family Medicine and earlier with the Wilson Clinic in Darlington, SC, and Carolina Health Care in Florence, SC. He served in the US Navy as a Commander in the Navy Medical Corps. He was a past president of the American Heart Association, South Carolina affiliate.

John had diverse interests over the years, including farming on his John Deere tractor, fishing on the Faded Love, flying his twin engine Dutchess airplane, carpentry, scuba diving, models and model trains, playing the banjo, reading and writing poetry. He was a student of great leaders, leadership and military history, and read every book he could on those subjects. John especially loved sailing Lightnings with his wife Barbara and children as crew, racing in the Southeast Circuit. He was a charter member of the Charleston Lightning Fleet. He loved playing practical jokes on friends and family, and wrestling with his best friend Harvey McCormick. In recent years, John enjoyed spending time on his back porch reading, watching movies, and eating Barbara's good cooking, with his dogs Maggie and Rocky nearby.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, John is survived by two sisters Mary Evans Muncie of Erlanger, KY, and Mary Dovak of Louisville, KY; brother-in-law Terry Vance (Tami) of Independence, KY; and sister-in-law Rae L. Kirby. John is predeceased by his parents, brothers Thomas A. Gastright and Robert L. Gastright, and in laws Fran Vance and Ray Vance.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC. WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3660 Glenn McConnell Parkway at 6:00 PM. The family will receive friends for a celebration of John's life immediately following the service. A private inurment will be held at a later date.

Remembrances may be made in John's name to the American Heart Association – Charleston, 174 East Bay Street, Suite 300A-B, Charleston, SC 29401.