Charles Gabehart of Hamlin, born Jan. 11, 1933, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at the age of 82 years, nine months and 16 days, went home to be with the Lord and a host of family and friends that predeceased him, including his parents, Rev. Ova Shelby and Sarah Elizabeth Gabehart, five brothers and sisters, and his wife of 50 years, Lola Gabehart.
He is survived by one brother and four sisters; three children and their spouses, Kathy (Steve) Basham and Jim (Valerie) Gabehart of Hamlin and Ken (Susan) Gabehart of Dunbar; seven grandchildren, Kandice Basham, Jamie Linville, Will Basham, Jimmy Gabehart, Amy Taylor, Ben Gabehart and Sam Gabehart; six great-grandchildren, Gabe, Nick, Noah, Bella, Nate and Micah; and a host of friends and extended family.
Charles, known better as “Gabe” to his friends and “Did-dad” to his grandchildren, was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy, and retired after 38 years at Union Carbide and Rhone-Poulenc at the Institute Plant. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 168, Beni Kedem Shrine and Scottish Rite Bodies of Charleston, and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming and music, but most of all he loved and watched over his family.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with a memorial service to be held at Koontz Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Interment will follow in Miller Cemetery, Sweetland, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post No. 111, Hamlin, and Masonic graveside rites by Hamlin Masonic Lodge No. 79 AF&AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to a charity of your choice in his memory.