Burl Dean Gabrel, 80, of Alamogordo, went to meet the Lord Sept. 8, 2013, at the VA Medical Center, in Big Spring, Texas. He was born to late Alford Calvary and Lela Ann Gabrel April, 23, 1933, in Rule, Texas.
He was a life-long Christian and member of the First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas.
Regardless of the situation, Burl always had a smile on his face. He loved to joke with family and friends and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Throughout the latter part of his time on earth, he had some very special ladies Karen Wells, Scherie Pifer, Patricia Gabrel and Imo Jean Fuller, who tended to his care and affectionally referred to them as his guardian angels.
Burl served in U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Bliss; Ft. Ord, in Calif., Fort Meade, in Md.; and in Germany.
He was preceded in death by his beloved mother and father, brothers A.M. (Slim) Gabrel, C.H. (Pug) Gabrel, sisters Margie Louise Hogan and Annie Winona Fincher, brothers-in-law Melton Fuller, Johnny Johns, Roy Hogan and Joe Fincher; sister-in-law Lorena Gabrel; and newphews Dale Johns and Blake Hicks
Left to cherish his memory are his two sons Michael and wife, Jodi, of Cortez, Colo., and Jim and wife, Patricia, of Odessa; two sisters Imo Jean Fuller, of Alamogordo, and Ina Mae Johns, of Odessa; sister-in-law Helen Gabrel; two grandchildren Jim Gabrel, of Odessa, and Nicholas Gabrel, of Mineral Wells, Texas; five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Precious.
A special thanks from the family of Mr. Gabrel to the nurses and staff at the VA Medical Center for the compassion and genuine care that was provided to him during his stay.
Graveside service will be held at American Heritage Cemetery and Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Sept. 12, 2013, with Jimmy Braswell officiating.