Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - LaGrange

1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA


Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Paul LaForest

30 agosto , 198416 octubre , 2019

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Paul LaForest, 35, died October 16, 2019, in Augusta, GA.

Gabe was a native of LaGrange, GA and graduated from Fort Campbell High School, where he ran cross country.

He served in the U.S. Army for 17 years and was currently assigned to the 32nd Military Police Detachment, Fort Gordon, GA.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Fred and Oleta Jabaley, and brother, Sergeant Stefan Smith.

He leaves behind a wife, Captain Jessica Suber LaForest of Evans, GA; children, Ava LaForest of Gladewater, TX, and Stella and Phoebe Hall of Evans, GA; parents, Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Retired) Patrick Smith and Gisele Smith of Texarkana, TX; brothers, Warrant Officer Candidate Patrick LaForest of Pineville, LA, and Joey Paul Kleinow (Gabrielle) of Morrow, OH; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

A Military Memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Barnes Avenue Friendship Chapel, Fort Gordon, GA.

Graveside funeral services, with full military honors, will be held 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Shadowlawn Cemetery with Chaplain Sink officiating. The gathering of family and friends will be on Wednesday from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, LaGrange, GA and immediately following the service at the cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Zach Chockley, Patrick LaForest, Keith Brown, Isaac Haldeman, Matthew Harris, and Alex Warren.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • Captain Jessica Suber LaForest, Wife
  • Ava LaForest, Daughter
  • Stella Hall, Daughter
  • Phoebe Hall, Daughter
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Ret) Patrick Smith, Father
  • Gisele Smith, Mother
  • Warrant Officer Candidate Patrick LaForest, Brother
  • Joey Paul (Gabrielle) Kleinow, Brother
  • Sergeant Stefan Smith, Brother (deceased)

  • Zach Chockley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Patrick LaForest, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Keith Brown, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Isaac Haldeman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matthew Harris, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alex Warren, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Gathering of Family and Friends miércoles, 23 octubre , 2019
  • Funeral Service miércoles, 23 octubre , 2019


Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Paul LaForest


Lauren LaForest

28 octubre , 2019

I've been thinking of you often. I always have though. I always loved you from a distance and always prayed for you and Patrick's safety and happiness. And even though we were never able to meet in person, you are still my big brother that I love very very much. I have always missed you in my life and I will never stop missing you. Even though we weren't able to meet in person, I hope that you can still come visit me from time to time. And know that you are always deeply loved and will always be greatly missed by me and our father.

Love always,


Keith Gallagher

27 octubre , 2019

We remember Gabe back in his High School Days when at our house on Ft Campbell our daughter, Susan and Gabe and their friends prepared for the Prom. Gabe often shared that ear to ear smile and infected us all with his bubbly personality. To his wife and children please know that Gabe was very much loved and revered by all--he will be very much missed.

Jessica LaForest

25 octubre , 2019


The hole you have left in our hearts and lives is deep and so very painful. I hold on to our last hug, our last kiss, the last text message, and the last love note you left me. I pray you will continue to send me signs, like today, to let me know you are ok and we are well looked after down here. Don’t eat too much banana pudding up there.

Love always,
Jessica and “the girls”

Albert Boudy

24 octubre , 2019

To the _LaForest Family, On behalf of the Department of Georgia Disabled American Veterans (DAV), please accept our heartfelt sympathies on your loss of CW2 LaForest. Words are never adequate in moments like these. You are in our prayers during this difficult time. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Always remember the joyous memories of the times you shared withCW2 LaForest. May these memories give you comfort forhis life was rich because of you. May God's grace comfort and strengthen you. The Department of Georgia DAV thanks CW2 LaForest for his service to our Nation. Rest in Peace Comrade and Brother-in-Arms CW2 Grabriel Paul LaForest". Respectfully, CW4 (Ret) Albert Boudy, State Chaplain, Department of Georgia DAV

Rhonda Burleson

24 octubre , 2019

Jessica, Ava, Stella, Phoebe and Family,

I didn’t know Gabe by I loved watching the videos and posts on Facebook. He was so funny and didn’t mind showing how much he loved you all! I’m so sorry for your incredible loss! Praying for you all!

Aubrey Hall

22 octubre , 2019

Me and my wife known him for 12 years. He was always generous and helpful, gave us good laughs and always ready to help anyone. We pray for everyone experiencing the loss of this amazing person.

Lok'tar ogar old friend!

Scott Hall

22 octubre , 2019

Of all places like Afghanistan, Gabe could make you laugh and keep everyone’s spirits up. I enjoyed the friendly banter everyday we stopped by. Such a positive energy to be around and a hard worker. I miss you buddy.

Berta Castro

22 octubre , 2019

I will never forget his spirit. When we were deployed, he didn't always agree with everything that was going on but he took it all in stride and pushed through. He was goofy but serious at the same time. He was a good Soldier and a great person. I am proud to have served with him.

Marilyn Runyon

22 octubre , 2019

Giselle, Smitty, Patrick and all of Gabe's family. My heart cries for all of you. I watched Gabe grow from a young boy into a real man. We were neighbors with his family for many years. May God comfort each of you and give you strength thru the coming days. Our family loves you all very much. Rest in peace, Gabe.

Kayla and Ava

21 octubre , 2019

Ava says she will miss her Daddy’s tickles, his crazy dance moves, and the funny faces he would make at her to make her smile. She said he was the best daddy in the whole wide world and that she is holding him in her heart until they meet again.

I promise to watch after and take good care of Ava and never let your memory fade. Please watch over her...

-Kayla and Ava