Murphy Gabriel

Murphy Gabriel Jr.

Wednesday, September 21st, 1938 - Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
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Murphy Gabriel, Jr, 82, of Newton, was born September 21, 1938 in Catawba County to Harriet Asbury Gabriel and the late Murphy Gabriel, Sr. He made his journey home to the Lord on Tuesday, April 27th at Carolina Caring Hospice in Sherrills Ford, NC.

Murphy, Jr. attended Catawba Rosenwald High School in Catawba, NC and was class president (‘57). A proud Aggie, he graduated from NC A&T State University in Greensboro NC; he furthered his education completing degrees from Baltimore College of Commerce in Baltimore, Maryland and the University of Baltimore with studies in business management, accounting, international trade and corporate law.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Sergeant E5, at Fort Bragg, NC. That spirit of adventure and willingness to face any fear was a hallmark of his character.

A hard worker, his work history included serving as superintendent of the Atlanta Housing Authority (Atlanta, GA); millwork specialist, phone sales in the mill work department (Home Depot, Hickory, NC). Outside of work, he enjoyed home improvement projects and gardening.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Anita Gabriel; brothers, Glen Gabriel and Curtis Gabriel; and sister, Mary Connor.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Harriet Gabriel; sisters, Georgia Odom, Yvonne Gabriel, and Marion Ross (Jerry Ross); and sister-in-law, Gertrude Gabriel. He has a host of nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

His indomitable spirit and infectious laugh will be greatly missed.

"The Last Mile of the Way"
If I walk in the pathway of duty
If I work til the close of the day
I shall see the great king in all his beauty
When I've gone the last mile of the way

When I've gone the last mile of the way
I shall rest at the close of day
For I know there are joys awaiting
When I've gone the last mile of the way

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Interment services will be held at the National Cemetery in Salisbury at 1:00 p.m. with full military rites.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 11:00am
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
    Statesville, NC 28677
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  • Interment

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 1:00pm
    The National Cemetery
    501 Statesville Boulevard
    SALISBURY, NC 28144
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Amy lingerfelt

Posted at 09:48pm
To the family: My deepest condolences on Murphy’s passing... I worked with him at The Hickory Home Depot...Murphy was one of my all time favorite employees by far! He had an amazing and wonderful personality and was always so happy and friendly. Not only did he make my day brighter and better by getting to chat with him, but I truly believe he made everyone’s day better with him being there. He will truly be missed and I was blessed to get to know him.

The Harris Tire Team

Posted at 09:58am
Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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