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Billy Grable, Of The Stamps Quartet, Passes Away At 82

From the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, TX:

Billy G. Grable, 82, was peacefully called to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.

Service: 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Travis Avenue Baptist Church, 800 W. Berry, Fort Worth. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Land Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Travis Avenue Baptist Praise Singers, 800 W. Berry, Fort Worth, Texas 76110. Billy was born April 26, 1928, in Guy, Ark., to William Orbra Grable and Amanda Arvada Hendrickson.

He married Juanita Neal and had two children, Bill and Karen. He spent most of his life in Fort Worth, providing for his family with insurance and real estate sales. After Juanita's death, he married a longtime family friend, Ahvie Hearne.

He had a passion for gospel music that began at the early age of 16. At 18, he began traveling with the Stamps Quartet. He will be best remembered for his contributions to gospel music. We have known him as a gifted performer, promoter and encourager of musicians, as well as an instructor in the art of gospel piano. Billy was inducted to the Texas Christian Music Hall of Fame for his achievements.

His recent legacy will be his quarterly gospel concerts that will continue in his honor. Not only was he a leader known for achievements in other social groups, like president of Optimist and church leadership roles, but he also had an enormous servant's heart for people and was always ready to rescue. Most of all, he loved his family and was God's servant, a model to follow.

Survivors: Wife, Ahvie Grable; stepson, Scotty Hearne; son, Bill Grable; daughter, Karen Marchman; grandchildren, Tiffany Anderson, Amy Longmore, William Shane Grable and Jonathan Grable; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob Grable and Faber Grable; sisters, Wadene Sweeney, Anna Lee Helmich and Jeanette Zuber; and many nieces and nephews.

Published in Star-Telegram from January 5 to January 6, 2011

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