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William R. "Bill" Gable, Jr.

Tuesday, September 28th, 1954 - Friday, November 8th, 2019
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William R. "Bill" Gable, Jr.

Bill Gable, beloved bassman (guitarist) from Atlanta, Georgia. passed away on Friday, November 8th, shortly before noon at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Georgia. He was born on September 28, 1954.

Bill and Debra, his wife and partner of 32 years, had just recently moved from their home in Lawrenceville, Georgia to retire in Murphy, North Carolina. Bill and Debra met playing music, and shared the same love of music. They were looking forward to performing together in retirement, and Bill planned to continue his internet business.

When Bill was younger, his family moved to Atlanta where he spent his formidable years. He started playing a Fender bass guitar at age 14, only to later become a dedicated Rickenbacker bass guitar player. At one time he had over 50 bass guitars in his arsenal. He had found his true passion.

In 1977, Bill enrolled in Georgia State University School of Business for Music Business. He did DJ work for the college, and started playing music professionally throughout Atlanta. For years he played in and managed the band "Snake Doctor", which was the house band for a period of time at Rock Bridge Saloon.

Bill had been struggling with Type I diabetes for the past several years. In the last year his health started to rapidly decline. His primary care physician determined that he had additional issues which required a CT scan. The Sunday before his scheduled procedure for an esophagus exploratory scope and biopsy, Bill collapsed several times. He was transported from Blairsville's Union General Hospital to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for a biopsy and evaluation that resulted in the diagnosis of esophageal cancer.

Bill's wife Debra, his mother Audrey Lanoux Gable of Decatur, Georgia, his sister Gwendolyn Gable of Decatur, Georgia, his brother Brad Gable of Denver, Colorado, as well as close friends, were able to visit with Bill at the hospital until his passing.

A memorial service will be held Friday December 6, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church in Dawsonville.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA
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    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Bethel United Methodist Church
    Address
    100 Lumpkin Campground Road South
    DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
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Kim Wright

Posted at 09:28am
I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to sit and talk with Bill just before his diagnosis. Even though he did not feel well that day he took the time to sit and watch the Georgia Bulldogs rainy football game. Wonderful man taken too soon.

Jim Thompson

Posted at 10:03am
I had the Honor of playing with Bill in the Band...."Out at Midnight" ..... for a time.
He was a gifted player & a good Friend.
Bill had a strong love for the Blues & He will be Greatly Missed!!
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Peggy anc Chat

Posted at 07:50am
I will always cherish my memory of playing flute at Bill and Deb's wedding under the gazebo in Lawrenceville. Bill was the one overcome with emotion as he said his vows. Years have gone by and we don't all see each other as much as we used to but we are still a big family of musicians and we will always have this connection with each other. Bill was a great musician and a loyal friend and band member. Most importantly, he loved his wife and partner first and foremost. Our thoughts and prayers have been and still are with you, Deb, during this very difficult time. We are ready to help you in any way we can and hope you will turn to us to help with a memorial service when you are ready.
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Peggy anc Chat

Posted at 07:49am
I will always cherish my memory of playing flute at Bill and Deb's wedding under the gazebo in Lawrenceville. Bill was the one overcome with emotion as he said his vows. Years have gone by and we don't all see each other as much as we used to but we are still a big family of musicians and we will always have this connection with each other. Bill was a great musician and a loyal friend and band member. Most importantly, he loved his wife and partner first and foremost. Our thoughts and prayers have been and still are with you, Deb, during this very difficult time. We are ready to help you in any way we can and hope you will turn to us to help with a memorial service when you are ready.
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Woody Ham

Posted at 09:10pm
My memory has been flooded this week with the memory of a million conversations with Bill. On vacation at the beach; late night at the house in Lawrenceville over Letterman or a Braves game; at a club, at a concert, over coffee, over a great meal. I am so glad we had so many talks and so many wonderful times with Bill and Debra.
Rest well, dear friend.
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