Services for Jacqueline Margie Stabler, 74, of Killeen, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. William Campbell Jr. and Rev. Walter McDonald officiating. Burial will follow at Killeen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Stabler died Aug. 30, 2013, at a Temple hospital. She was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Gaithersburg, Md., to Margie Williams and the late Horace Stewart.
As an only child and first grandchild, she also spent many childhood years in Gaithersburg (Metropolitan Grove) living with her grandparents, Bradley and Gladys Prather.
She was educated through the Montgomery County School system where she graduated from Carver High School in Rockville, Md.
There she met her first husband, James Donald Bailey (Don). To this union four children were born: Sheila, James Jr. (Donnie), Katrina and Wendy.
She also enjoyed many years of marriage to her second husband, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Tillmon L. Stabler.
She retired from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service after serving area soldiers for 30 years. There she made many friends and became a surrogate mother to numerous young U.S. soldiers. After retirement, she couldn’t sit still so she started her own business “Weddings By Jackie.” Also, her love of cooking took her back to work at PCSI and DOL so she could cook meals for the soldiers at Fort Hood.
She was a lifetime member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 9191, Killeen NAACP and Star Group–Veterans Helping Veterans.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was united with Anderson AME of Killeen.
Mrs. Stabler was preceded in death by her father, Horace Stewart; her grandmother, Gladys Prather; grandfather, Bradley Prather; and daughter, Tina Marie.
Survivors include her mother, Margie of Killeen; daughter, Sheila (Charles) of Dallas; son, James Jr. (Sophie) of Missouri City; daughter, Katrina (Leroy) of Killeen; daughter, Wendy (Tony) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; adopted son, Marcus Hilton; grandchildren, Clay of Houston, Shayla of Temple, Levon of Houston, Jacquelyn Marquis of Houston, Tyrone of Fort Lauderdale and Jamel of Fort Lauderdale; great-grandchildren, Jayvaughn and Jakyah; and god-child, Jimmy Morrison.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Killeen.
Chisolm’s Family Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.chisolmsfuneral.com.