Gale Homer Mabe

April 1, 1931
July 30, 2020

Gale Homer Mabe

Gale Homer Mabe, 89, of South Charleston went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 30, 2020 after a long illness.

He was a graduate of Charleston High School and then served for three years in the United States Marine Corps. before being honorably discharged. He went on to work for the A and P Tea Company for many years as well as for Union Carbide from where he retired.  Gale was a devoted member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of South Charleston for more than 60 years and holding many offices during that time including Sunday School Superintendent. He was also a 32nd degree Mason.

Gale was preceded in death by his mother, Allie Armstrong; brother, Tommie C. Mabe; and sister, Virginia McIntosh.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 69 years, Muriel; son, Charles (Bernadette) of South Charleston; daughters, Mary Gale Roberts of Knoxville, TN and Catherine of South Charleston; grandchildren, Victoria and Joshua Mabe, Dr. Jennifer Woodbury (Lee) of Columbus, GA, Christina Kitts (Sean) of Knoxville, TN; and great-grandchildren, Anna Marie, Ian, Claire, and Myles.

Gale greatly enjoyed traveling with Muriel on many bus trips across the country.  They tap danced with the Shaeffer Fun Dancers for 20 years entertaining at gatherings and for residents at nursing homes.  Gale never knew a stranger. He and Muriel could often be seen daily walking together around the neighborhood, waving to friends and passing out dog treats for the dogs along the way.

Gale would have enjoyed knowing there was a large gathering of family and friends at his funeral to honor the life he lived. However, due to the Covid-19 virus and for the safety of family and friends only a small service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Snodgrass Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Mateer officiating.

For those who want to visit and be with the family we ask that they instead make a donation in Gale’s memory to his beloved church, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4606 Kanawha Turnpike, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is honored to assist the Mabe family with arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting and selecting Gale’s obituary.

7 replies
  1. Judy Gibbs says:

    Dear Mabe family, I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Mabe’s death. He took this gangly teenage girl and taught her basketball and love of the game,One of my fondest memories was the game that I made my first 2points he called a time out and walked on the court to congratulate me.He was so kind and faithful to his church family. May God bless you all in the difficult days ahead. I’m sure that he heard Jesus say” well done my good and faithful servant“Love Judy(Shaffer)Gibbs

  2. Nora says:

    Muriel & Family,
    It has been many years since I saw you and Gale. I knew him as a kind, gentle, and respectful man who loved you and his family beyond measure.
    My sincere condolences to you all and pray your memories will sustain you.
    Sincerely, Nora Kirk Miller

  3. C. Douglas and Brenda Davidson says:

    Muriel and Family

    Words are so hard to find to express our deep sorrow for the passing of Gale. His influence, friendship and always caring nature over the many years have and remain a blessing to the Davidson family. May God provide you comfort.

    Doug and Brenda

  4. Ernest M Wolfe says:

    I worked with Gale at A & P back in the early 1970’s he was a good person and great worker. I have not seen him since A & P closed. He really a good person.

  5. Pam Harris says:

    Cathy and family…you are in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss. He was a good man who I was privileged to know for many years.

  6. Randy Stanley says:

    Cathy and the Mabe Family….
    I am saddened to hear of your father’s passing. You are in my prayers. God is faithful and God’s Grace is sufficient.

  7. Conard Waybright says:

    Muriel & Family,
    It has been many years since I’ve seen you, but have fond memories of our visits. We are saddened to hear of Gale’s passing. Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Your cousin, Conard & Carolyn Waybright


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Funeral Service

  • August 3, 2020
  • 11:00 AM