August 28, 2013

Lola Gabriel

PROSPERITY —Lola R. Gabriel, 92, of Prosperity, widow of Julius Earl Gabriel, Sr. died Saturday, August 24, 2013 at her residence.

Born March 1, 1921 in Williamston, SC, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Mae Jones Reese. During World War II, she was a master welder and riveter at the Savannah Shipyard.

After her husband retired from the U.S. Army, they retired to Prosperity, SC. There she was a Charter member of Park Road Baptist Church where she was very active. She was also active with Scouting and was a Red Cross volunteer.

She is survived by her children, Julius Earl Gabriel, Jr. (Rebecca) of Pickens, Mavis McLeod (Thom) of Columbia, and Dennis Gabriel (Lynne) of Augusta; sisters, Ruby Benjamin of Greenwood and Grace Raymond of Columbia; brother, Fred Reese (Betty) of Greenwood; sister-in-law, Esther Reese of Greenwood; grandchildren Julie Ray (Greg) of Greer, Kimberly Stephens of Chapin, and Katie Morris (Eric) of Wendell, NC; and great-grandchildren, Hannah, Claire, Macay, Macenzie, and Marlowe.

Visitation was from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home chapel. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are invited to visit at Park Road Baptist Church following the interment.

Memorials may be made to Park Road Baptist Church, 360 Park Road, Prosperity 29127 or to Hospice Care of Tri County, 13795 C.R. Koon Highway, Newberry, SC 29108.

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Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.