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Gabriel A. Villavicencio Sr.

January 16, 1959January 6, 2018
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Gabriel Alarmando Villavicencio, Sr. was born on January 16, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the union of Mario E. Villavicencio and Marva J. (Washington, Villavicencio) DeClouette. On Saturday, January 6, 2018, the spirit of our precious brother, Gabriel, went home to join our Savior in a precious home not built by human hands, but whose maker and builder is God. Gabriel A. Villavicencio, Sr. grew up in Uptown New Orleans, LA. where he attended Lawrence D. Crocker Elementary, Samuel J. Green Junior High, Walter L. Cohen High School, Eleanor McMain Magnet School and Loyola University. At an early age, Gabriel was baptized and became a member of Second Highway Missionary Baptist Church. During his teen years, Gabriel accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was baptized in the Holy Ghost. During those early years Gabriel joined Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. There he began playing trumpet, sang in the youth choir and was active in various ministries of the Church. Later, Gabriel also attended and was an active member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Moses Gordon. From 1993 forward, Gabriel served as Worship Leader for newly formed Cornerstone Full Gospel Fellowship, Harvey, LA. pastored by Rev. James L. DeClouette, P.D., his Stepfather. During this time, Gabriel had an experience which he treasured. He attended a Ron Kenoly Worship Leaders Workshop in Orlando, FL. During the Workshop, he had the memorable experience of singing with Ron Kenoly “Keeper of My Heart.” Also, at the end of the workshop, he had a supernatural experience with the manifest Presence of God. After Katrina, Gabriel moved to Laplace, LA. where he attended Destiny Christian Center, pastored by Rev. Steve Allen. Gabriel was passionate about singing and praising our Lord. He joined and sang with various gospel singing groups: Notes of Harmony; Spiritual Movement (favorite song: “Ride on King Jesus”); G.A.S./God’s Anointed Soldiers: (“Let Go, Let God”); Betty Winn and One Accord (“I Sing Because I’m Happy” and “I Won’t Complain”). Gabriel loved to travel. In his early twenties, he traveled to Los Angeles, CA, Gabriel testified that during this stay in Los Angeles, he had his first “wilderness experience.” He was alone with no family. Oh but God! “God led me to a storefront church where God spoke to me directly and let me know He was with me, keeping me.” During that stay in Los Angeles, he rekindled a friendship with Wahlitha Washington who was also from Uptown New Orleans. Their friendship blossomed. They later married. Out of that union, Gabriel Jr. was born. Years later, Gabriel met and married Angela Lewis. Out of that union his daughter, Gabriella (Gabby) was born. Gabriel played with the Junior Philharmonic Orchestra during his teen years alongside Wynton Marsallis and Terrence Blanchard. He loved sports. He participated in his favorites, basketball, and tennis, roller skating, bowling, and swimming. He was an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints Football and Pelican Basketball teams. From late 1980’s to present, as a member of the LHSAA & GCAC, New Orleans Chapter, Gabriel trained and impacted a variety of people as a Referee Official. Gabriel was a dedicated employee of Owens and Minor for many years where he worked in various capacities including Warehouse Manager and Inventory Control Specialist. Gabriel was preceded in death by his wife Angela Lewis Villavicencio. He leaves to cherish his memories his Mother, Marva J. DeClouette and Stepfather, James L. DeClouette, his Sister, Maria A. Villavicencio, his son Gabriel Jr., his daughters Gabriella A., Aimee Farria Culp (Roy), his grandchildren, Sage Villavicencio, Paris, Tristan and Schuyler Culp and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral services held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at All Saints Mausoleum.

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Laird Sillimon

January 19, 2018

To Gabriel Junior, Gabby, & the Villavicencio family:
Gabriel was more than a friend but more like a big brother. When I heard of his passing, my heart was saddened. Gabriel was always that encouraging voice in my life in, and one of the people pushing me to reach for more, both musically and spiritually. We shared years of singing together and traveling the city of New Orleans with the Spiritual Movement, which my late brother Robert Sillimon and I led. With my family living in California, Gabriel and I only had a chance to see each other a few times, but it was always like there was no time in between. I will forever miss my friend and brother. Love and strength to all of you. With much love, Laird Sillimon. 1-19-2018

LaVerne Kappel

January 18, 2018

Deepest sympathy to Gabe's family and friends. As his teacher at McMain, I can attest to his intelligence and enthusiasm in every setting. I remember him and the leadership he brought to his community with great fondness.

Rev. Leo & Sandee De Jesus

January 15, 2018

Although we did not know Brother Gabe for a long time he made a lasting impression on our lives. His smile and his very presence was infectious to us. We always enjoyed seeing him at services and to hear his melodious and anointed singing. We know that he will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones, and our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of them. May God bless, strengthen, and comfort them all. Bro. Leo & Sis. Sandee De Jesus

Frank J Wilson, III

January 14, 2018

To my long time childhood brother,confidant and constant friend beloved for over 30 years. Words cannot express how we enjoyed the times we shared even unto the day that God had called you home. I will forever be your best friend and know that God will wipe away the tears from our eyes as we celebrate the life of love you gave to me and my family.

Douglas Croffitt

January 13, 2018


Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matt 5:4

Nina Wyre

January 13, 2018

Gabe was a great guy that truly will be missed! Rest In Peace! Condolences to the Villavicencio family. You are in our prayers. Nina Wyre and Leo Wyre Jr.

Paula BreashearsOsborne

January 13, 2018

You will be missed! Rest In Peace my friend.

Deadra Rayford

January 13, 2018

So saddened by the news of Gabriel's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies and prayers. Fellow McMain Mustang.

Bill Mertins

January 13, 2018

I've worked with Gabe for many years at O&M. He was a well liked and respected team mate. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Yolland Jackson

January 12, 2018

My boy Gabe, sweet guy. Sympathies to lil Gabe an his daughter, Gabriella. Ms. Marva an Maria. I know it's hard, you guys are in my prayers.

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Biography

Gabriel Alarmando Villavicencio, Sr. was born on January 16, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the union of Mario E. Villavicencio and Marva J. (Washington, Villavicencio) DeClouette.

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, the spirit of our precious brother, Gabriel, went home to join our Savior in a precious home not built by human hands, but whose maker and builder is God.

Gabriel A. Villavicencio, Sr. grew up in Uptown New Orleans, LA. where he attended Lawrence D. Crocker Elementary, Samuel J. Green Junior High, Walter L. Cohen High School, Eleanor McMain Magnet School and Loyola University.

At an early age, Gabriel was baptized and became a member of Second Highway Missionary Baptist Church. During his teen years, Gabriel accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was baptized in the Holy Ghost. During those early years Gabriel joined Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. There he began playing trumpet, sang in the youth choir and was active in various ministries of the Church. Later, Gabriel also attended and was an active member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Moses Gordon. From 1993 forward, Gabriel served as Worship Leader for newly formed Cornerstone Full Gospel Fellowship, Harvey, LA. pastored by Rev. James L. DeClouette, P.D., his Stepfather. During this time, Gabriel had an experience which he treasured. He attended a Ron Kenoly Worship Leaders Workshop in Orlando, FL. During the Workshop, he had the memorable experience of singing with Ron Kenoly “Keeper of My Heart.” Also, at the end of the workshop, he had a supernatural experience with the manifest Presence of God. After Katrina, Gabriel moved to Laplace, LA. where he attended Destiny Christian Center, pastored by Rev. Steve Allen.

Gabriel was passionate about singing and praising our Lord. He joined and sang with various gospel singing groups: Notes of Harmony; Spiritual Movement (favorite song: “Ride on King Jesus”); G.A.S./God’s Anointed Soldiers: (“Let Go, Let God”); Betty Winn and One Accord (“I Sing Because I’m Happy” and “I Won’t Complain”).

Gabriel loved to travel. In his early twenties, he traveled to Los Angeles, CA, Gabriel testified that during this stay in Los Angeles, he had his first “wilderness experience.” He was alone with no family. Oh but God! “God led me to a storefront church where God spoke to me directly and let me know He was with me, keeping me.” During that stay in Los Angeles, he rekindled a friendship with Wahlitha Washington who was also from Uptown New Orleans. Their friendship blossomed. They later married. Out of that union, Gabriel Jr. was born.

Years later, Gabriel met and married Angela Lewis. Out of that union his daughter, Gabriella (Gabby) was born.

Gabriel played with the Junior Philharmonic Orchestra during his teen years alongside Wynton Marsallis and Terrence Blanchard. He loved sports. He participated in his favorites, basketball, and tennis, roller skating, bowling, and swimming. He was an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints Football and Pelican Basketball teams. From late 1980’s to present, as a member of the LHSAA & GCAC, New Orleans Chapter, Gabriel trained and impacted a variety of people as a Referee Official. Gabriel was a dedicated employee of Owens and Minor for many years where he worked in various capacities including Warehouse Manager and Inventory Control Specialist.

Gabriel was preceded in death by his wife Angela Lewis Villavicencio. He leaves to cherish his memories his Mother, Marva J. DeClouette and Stepfather, James L. DeClouette, his Sister, Maria A. Villavicencio, his son Gabriel Jr., his daughters Gabriella A., Aimee Farria Culp (Roy), his grandchildren, Sage Villavicencio, Paris, Tristan and Schuyler Culp and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral services held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at All Saints Mausoleum.