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Hampton Clay Gabler Jr.

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HAMPTON - Hampton Clay Gabler, Jr., died Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Born in Lynchburg and raised on his great-grandmother Elizabeth Catherine Roberts farm outside of Independence, VA, he moved to Hampton in 1941. Clay graduated from George Wythe Elementary in 1947 and Hampton High School in 1949 where he was Drum Major in the marching band. He joined the Virginia National Guard in 1949 where he served in Battery D, 710th AAA. Called to active duty in 1950 at the outbreak of the Korean War he remained in the Army retiring in 1974 serving in Texas, Washington DC, Germany and South Korea. He was one of the Army's Atomic Veterans having participated in atomic testing in Desert Rock, NV in 1953. Following the Army he worked for Wyle Labs retiring in 2005. Clay is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Adina H. Gabler; and was extremely proud of his children, Hampton C. Gabler III, Elizabeth Penn Byrd, Marianna Dudley, and Claudia Clark. His greatest joys were his eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hampton Clay Gabler Sr. and Orianna Gabler; and a brother Charles W. Gabler. The family would like to extend special thanks to Gentiva Hospice, especially Sue Colwell and Jessica Ryan. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 PM at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Ave, Hampton. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 2 PM, Sunday, January 12, 2014. The interment will be held at 1 PM Monday, Springhill Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA.
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 10, 2014
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