James Henry Tasker, 69, Security Guard
James Henry Tasker, 69, a retired security escort and truck driver for the National Gallery of Art, died May 4 after being shot in his D.C. home. Police charged Mr. Tasker's son, James Leroy Tasker, 42, with first-degree murder.
"He was the most dependable, most cheerful person I had ever known," former co-worker Diane Ellison said. "He never had a mean thing to say to anyone."
Mr. Tasker was born in Edgewater, Md., on March 12, 1927. He was baptized at the Chews Chapel Methodist Church at a young age and remained a member until he moved to the District.
He later joined Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in the District, where he had been an active member for the past 10 years.
From 1945 to 1966, Mr. Tasker served in the Army, attaining the rank of sergeant. He earned many awards and medals, including the Purple Heart.
Upon his discharge from the Army, Mr. Tasker began working at the National Gallery of Art as a security guard. …