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Born: June 8, 1930

Place of Birth: Washington, DC

Death: December 2, 2012

Place of Death: Gambrills, MD United States

Occupation: Retired

Hobbies: Playing card, fishing and casino

Organizations: Treasury Department



Melvin Jr, Son

Maria, Daughter

Juan, Son

James, Son

Paulette, Daughter

Tameka, Grand

Brian, Grand

Robert Jr, Grand

Michelle, Grand

Jaymes, Grand

Avanti, Grand

Melissa, Grand

Lauren, Grand

Brittany, Grand



Louise , Spouse

Gary , Son

Dorothy, Sister

Lawerence, Brother

Lillian, Sister

Evelyn, Sister



Memorial donations may be made to:
Hospice of The Chesapeake


This memorial provided by:
Beall Funeral Home
Bowie, MD





Melvin H. Gabourel, Sr.

    June 8, 1930  -  December 2, 2012
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Life Legacy


Melvin H. Gabourel, Sr. was born on June 8, 1930 to the late Joseph and Lillian Gabourel. On December 2, 2012 at 11:02pm, God called him to his eternal rest.
He attended Dunbar public school in the District of Columbia and Port Norris, New Jersey. In 1947, he joined the Army at the age of seventeen and served in the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Sergeant in 1949 with the Korean Service Medal w/2 bronze stars. From Nov. 4, 1950-Sept. 24, 1951, he served in the Army Reserves. He was a member of Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church in the earlier years before ground was broken at the Addison Road location.
Melvin met and married the love of his life, Louise H. Tyree on December 25, 1948. Louise preceded him in death after 56 years of marriage. From that union were born six children; Melvin Jr., Maria, Juan, James and Paulette, all of Maryland. His son Gary preceded him in death in 2004. The family attended Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church in the earlier years before ground was broken at the Addison Road location.
Melvin was employed by several government agencies: the General Services Administration, General Accounting Office, the U.S. Postal Service, Veterans Administration, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He retired from the Bureau in 1985. During his retirement years he enjoyed taking day trips on the east coast with his wife and friends. Melvin's favorite past time was playing pinochle, fishing and enjoying Friday game nights with his family and friends. Having been married 56 years and growing up in the same Rosedale neighborhood, Louise and Melvin came to be known as "Mom and Dad" to everybody. They were inseparable. Both of them will be sorely missed.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Melvin Jr., Maria, Juan, James and Paulette; two sisters-in-law: Helen Chinn of Washington, DC, Janie Morgan of Philadelphia;one brothers-in-law, Allen Chinn, five daughters-in-law: Gail, Kennice, Cheryl, Audrey and Nancy. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, close friend for many years, Walter Scott, Mr. Height and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. His siblings, Dorothy Gabourel, Lillian Coles, Lawrence Gabourel, and Evelyn Black preceded him in death.