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Leonard Gabriel

Leonard Alexander "Junior" Gabriel Jr.

Tuesday, November 18th, 1947 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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Obituary

Remembering Mr. Leonard "Gabe" Gabriel

Mr. Leonard Alexander Gabriel, Jr., 72, of Troutman, was born in Washington, D. C. on November 18, 1947, and was the son of the late Leonard A. Gabriel and Estelle Green Gabriel. He departed this life on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. following an extended illness.
Gabe, as we affectionately called him, was exceptionally smart in school and was an avid reader. In fact, he was the selected valedictorian of his class. He was an alumnus of the Unity High School class of 1965. Leonard enjoyed attending social events sponsored by his Alumni Class for many years. Whether it was the annual cookout in August or the Christmas holiday social, he lived life to the fullest. He loved to dance and was a great swing-dancer indeed! He also enjoyed cruising with his wife to the Bahamas or Jamaica with family, friends or members of the alumni chapter.
In addition to watching his favorite Miami Dolphins NFL team, he also enjoyed playing golf, a game of spades competitively and spending time with his grandchildren, especially his namesake, Gabriel. He was much loved by all and will be greatly missed by many.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Gabriel Howard; a sister-in-law, Willene Summers Carson; a nephew, Anthony Howard. He was united in marriage to Paula Dalton Gabriel, who survives.
He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, in addition to his wife, Paula Dalton Gabriel of the home; one son, Marcus L. Dalton of Greensboro; grandchildren, Ashanti Dalton of Statesville, Asa Dalton of Atlanta, Georgia, Purvis Dalton of Raleigh, Marcus Dalton of Burlington, Gabriel Dalton of Greensboro, Jordan Reid of Statesville; two great grandchildren; one sister, Dr. Deborah Gray of Clinton, Mississippi; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Cathy (Walter) Cornelius of Greensboro, Shelia (Kenneth) Boller of Statesville and James Dalton Carson of Corona, New York; nieces and nephews, Jada Howard Greene, Johona Howard and Antione Howard; an aunt, Patricia Haskins of New Jersey; cousins, Orian Holland and Todd (Tracy) Gabriel of Salisbury; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Sunday, August 16, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at The Iredell Memorial Park with Dr. J. C. White will officiate and Assistant Pastor Shelia Boller will offer Words of Comfort.

Mr. Gabriel will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home where general public viewing will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 12:00 p.m.until 7:00 p.m., and will resume on Sunday morning, August 16, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. until he is taken to the Park for the funeral service.

There will be social distancing at the Cemetery due to COVID-19.

TO VIEW ONLINE STREAMING OF THE SERVICE...GO TO FACEBOOK TO Bernardeane's Page
AFTER THE SERVICE IS OVER YOU CAN VIEW THE ONLINE VIDEO BY CLICKING ON HIS PICTURE ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO The BOOK OF MEMORIES CLICK ON PHOTOS AND VIDEO. YOU WILL SEE A LINK TO FACEBOOK - THAT'S THE ONLINE VIDEO.

Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Gabriel at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Gabriel Family.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to, Unity High School Class of 1965 or Hospice of the Piedmont.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Iredell Memorial Park
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Officiant
    Missionary Shelia Boller
  • Interment

    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 |
    When
    Sunday, August 16th, 2020
    Location
    Iredell Memorial Park
    Address
    Shelton Avenue
    Statesville,

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Micheal Houston

Posted at 12:04pm
You have my Condolences Paula. Be Strong and God be with you...☔️
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Mozetta Dobbins

Posted at 05:40am
It is with much sorrow that I write that this about Leonard. He was truly a sweet person. I remember him from school and times when our paths would cross in the community. Love and prayers to the family
Mozetta
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Odell and Vivian Williams

Posted at 02:14pm
Paula, Marcus and Family,
Odell and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Leonard. You are in our hearts and prayers. May friends, family and God bring you comfort at this time. We love you,
Odell and Vivian
BJ

Barbara Jones

Posted at 10:07pm
We the Class of Unity 1965 was so sorry to hear of the passing of our great good friend and classmate. He was a wonderful, supportive, loving man. We share in your grief at our sad loss. We will never forget all that he done for our class. We never heard an ill word spoken of him. He was kind, compassionate, and a true gentleman. Please extend our sympathy to your entire family and let them know how much we share their pain at this sad time.
Barbara Jones, President Unity Class of 1965
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Orian Holland

Posted at 11:12am
I have lost a person that has always supported me and has only wanted the best for. He will truly be missed but not forgotten. He was my father figure; my big brother. May he rest in peace as we rejoice in his life. Love you always. Orian Gabriel Holland.
 
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soniamarieakatweet53@gmail.com Posted at 05:08pm

No, I can't believe it. Leonard was one of the best people you could ever know. So sad to hear this. Kind beyond measure, quiet strength of good spirit. Rest in Heaven.
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