(WEDOWEE) The funeral for Thomas Oliver Gabriel Jr., 81, of Wedowee will be Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Bethel West Baptist Church with the Rev. David Holcombe, Rev. Randall Skinner and Rev. Phillip Waites officiating. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Mr. Gabriel will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services on Monday.

Mr. Gabriel passed away Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at Tanner-East Alabama Medical Center in Wedowee.

A Randolph County native, Mr. Gabriel was born Aug. 29, 1940, the son of Thomas O. Gabriel Sr. and Jessie Bean Gabriel. He was a member of Bethel West Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher for 47 years. Mr. Gabriel was a Randolph County High School and University of Alabama graduate and an avid Alabama football fan.

Survivors include his two sisters, Deborah Gabriel and Beth Gabriel, both of Wedowee. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Larry Hudgins, Junior Wortham, Sawyer Spratlin, Greg Daugherty, Joe Tom Bradley and Dean Daniel.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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