Craig Gabb

Craig Thomas Gabb

Monday, April 9th, 1956 - Monday, June 15th, 2020
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Craig Thomas Gabb was called Home on June 15, 2020, while holding the hand of his devoted daughter who was his constant companion, confidant, and caregiver these last few months.

Craig fought a valiant three-year battle with COPD and Lung Cancer but God finally said “enough”.
Craig was born on April 9, 1956, in New Orleans.

He was a Brother Martin Crusader and loved racing his 1972 Trans Am on Wisner Boulevard with the love of his life, Jillanda Hand, riding shotgun.

In the late 70’s Craig was one of the youngest Regional Managers Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken ever had and this career brought him to West Monroe where he loved raising his family. He started SpaceCo in the 80’s, long before “bounce houses” became the rage. Ever the entrepreneur, Craig helped revitalize the historic Oauchita riverfront by opening the wildly popular Gabbeaux’s Bayle’s Landing restaurant whose “secret recipe” (sorry, he took it with him…) boiled crawfish drew mobs every Spring.

For the last few years Craig was able to enjoy retirement by spending time with his six grandchildren, being a cheerleader on the sidelines, a chauffeur for dance recitals, and always a practical joker. He especially enjoyed passing down secrets about fishing and hunting with his grandson, whom he was so proud to see become PFC Jett Gabb in the U.S. Army National Guard.

If you ever met Craig, you would remember him. He was always outgoing and made you laugh.
He will be sadly missed by many, especially his daughter, Sommer Gabb Dispenza (Josh) and her children, Jett, Jill-Leigh, Joshua Jr., and Josie; his son, Jade Gabb (Ginny) and his children, Milleigh and Owen; his mother, Jacqueline Albe; his sister, Ronda Gabb (Gina); his former wife, Jillanda Hand Piercy; and his aunt and Nan, Linda Gabb. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore J. Gabb Jr. Services will be Private. In memory of Craig…take your kids fishing.

Griffin Funeral Home
West Monroe, LA
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With love, Jackie, Lori, Ruth & Phyne

Posted at 04:36pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know that Craig love the outdoors and wanted the grove of trees planted in his memory.

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Lori and Patrice

Posted at 08:17pm
We feel very grateful for our time spent with Craig. So many laughs , smiles and good food. Let this tree grown to shine his light. Love you all.
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Patrick Hand

Posted at 07:46am
Uncle Craig was a genuinely kind, caring and loving man. He always treated me, Stacey and Tim like he we were his own children. He taught me how to water ski and to defend myself at an early age. He always instilled confidence in me and my own abilities. These were things that happened over 40 years ago and I still remember them like they were yesterday. The way he treated me was that impactful. That's a sign of a great man, which everyone knows he was. He will always be with you (and me) in our hearts and in our minds, and he will be missed. God Bless all of you during this difficult time. You will get through this together. Much love, Patrick Hand, III


Posted at 08:35pm
Sommer and Jade - I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I know the pain of losing a loved one never goes away, but it will get more bearable. And, eventually, your tears of sadness will become tears of joy as you recall the wonderful memories you made with your dad. You’re in my prayers and thoughts through this difficult time.

Matt Gilliland

Posted at 12:16pm
Sommer, Jade, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Craig was the best. He made the best crawfish I've ever eaten. I can still remember eating at Bayles and he would bring some new recipe he was trying out to the table. Of course, he would never tell us what it was until after we ate it! Great memories. He will be missed.

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