John E. Gabbert, 75, of Salisbury, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.
Cremation. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury. Rev. Stan Henderson officiated. Music was provided by organist Ginger Royston. Honorary bearers were Don Magruder, Al Stanek, Steve Smith, Norman Patrick, Floyd Guilford, Anthony Eddy, Virgil Yung, Greg Yung, Randy Hurt and Melvin Mullins. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
Born Dec. 22, 1928, in Salisbury, he was the son of John H. and Katie Blackwell Gabbert. On Nov. 24, 1956, in Salisbury, he married Sharon Fry, who survives of the home. He was a Salisbury High School graduate and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War . He was a school teacher and elementary school principal in the Salisbury school system for 32 years, retiring in 1990. He was appointed as municipal judge of Salisbury, filling the unexpired term of his brother, Jim Gabbert. He was elected to that position until mandatory retirement.
Additional survivors include one daughter, Cindi Palmgren of Slater; two sisters, Bonnie Bloss of Independence and Martha Kressig of Cairo; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Joe and Jerry Gabbert, and one nephew.