CW4 Clarence "Edward" E. Gabbard was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/08/1979 at the age of 49.2 from Murder
Hatchechubbee, AL
Date of Birth 07/11/1930
Served in the U.S. Army
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More detail on this person: C W 4 U. S. Army Korea, Vietnam Columbus Enquirer Tuesday, Oct. 09, 1979 Page 2 MAN APPARENTLY MURDERED The body of a 49-year-old Russell County man who had apparently been murdered was discovered Monday evening, Russell County Coroner Leslie Vance said. Vance said he pronounced Clarence Edward Gabbard of Highway 26, Seale, dead at 9:05 p.m. Gabbard, who lived near Hatchechubbee, died from a gunshot wound in the chest, Vance said. The gun is believed to have been a .22 caliber handgun, Vance said. Russell County Sheriff's Department officials are investigation the man's death. Vance said Gabbard was a retired military service man and managed a grocery store in Hatchechubbee. Vance said the body was found early Monday evening, but he was not notified until 8:35 p.m. Columbus Enquirer Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1979 Page 24 CLARENCE GABBARD Retired Chief Warant Office Clarence Edward Gabbard, 48, of Hatchechubbee, was found dead Monday evening at his store from a gunshot wound. The graveside service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in Riverdale Cemetery with military honors, according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary's Macon Road Chapel. Mr. Gabbard was born July 11, 1931, in Danella, Ark., son of Mrs. Lucille Gabbard of Tracey, Calif., and Mr. Clarence Gabbard. A retired Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, he was owner of Colbert General Store in Hatchechubbee. Survivors besides his mother include his wife, Jeanette; two sons, Michael Edward and Robert Edward Gabbard, both of Hatchechubbee, four sisters, Mrs. Norma Cook, Mrs. Mary Pickering, Mrs. Marilyn Garris, Mrs. Kathryn Burchette, all of Tracy; and three brothers, Lemoyne and Jerry Gabbard, both of Tracy, William Gabbard, Ozark, Ala. Columbus Enquirer Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1979 Page 16 AUTHORITIES PROBING DEATHS The body of a 36-year old Hatchechubbee woman who apparently died from a drug overdose was discovered Tuesday near a Hatchechubbee church, Russell County Sheriff's Department officials said.. The woman's body was the second discovered in two days and Russell County Authorities are investigating the two deaths as a possible murder-suicide, investigators said. Patsy L. Landreau, of Star Route, Box 183m was found dead in her car at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, investigators said. Her body was discovered in a 1976 Mercury Marquis in the yard of Mt. Sinai Church of Russell County Highway 65, Sherriff office officials said. Russell County Coroner Lesley Vance said an Alabama Power Co. workman discovered the woman's body. He estimated that she died between 9 p.m. and midnight Monday. Russell County officials said Mrs. Landreau is believed to have committed suicide but no ruling will be made until crime lab reports are returned from Auburn's state toxicology laboratory. Investigators said they also believe the woman's death is related to the shooting death Monday of Clarence Edward Gabbard, 49, of Star Route 180, Hatchechubbee. Gabbard was found dead in his grocery store, Colbert's Grocery, on Russell County Highway 26 about 5:15 Monday. He had received multiple gunshot wounds, investigators said. Vance said Gabbard was apparently shot with a small caliber handgun in his left shoulder and chest. Officials said a .22 caliber pistol was found in Mrs. Landreau's purse. Vance said state crime agents are conducting tests to see if she had recently fired the gun. per: Lois Goodin Hottinger Source: ence-edward-gabbard

Burial information: Riverside Cemetery, Columbus, GA

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