Gabriel Jacob Kirkland, born August 18, 2013, in Hickory, NC to Russell Rashim and Kempie O’Leary Kirkland passed on from this world to the next on April 19, 2019 at 1700.
He attended Codington Elementary. Gabriel loved rainbows, Legos, art and puppies, but disliked teasing, bullies and “bad guys.” He wanted to do anything and be everything. He loved his family times infinity and would name each person in almost every prayer. He strove to make a friend at every opportunity with an open heart and a smile. He always considered the feelings of others, showing concern for them even when he was suffering. He will be missed by everyone who had the blessing of making his acquaintance and many that he never met but followed his long battle online. He was a living example of Jesus’ pure love. He was an awesome son, an outstanding brother, the coolest cousin and a perfect grandson. Gabriel filled hearts with laughter and joy everywhere he went for five and a half years, and his strength and character supported us while he battled for his life for the last three years.
There will be a memorial service for Gabriel at Halyburton Park in the Event Center on May 5, 2019. The time will be announced at a later date.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403