Ernest Vernon Stabler III

Published 12:05 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Ernest Vernon Stabler III, 55, of Montgomery, passed away at home surrounded by his loving wife and sister in law on Feb. 11, 2019.

Vernon grew up in Greenville and attended Fort Dale Academy, Class of 1981.  He at-tended the University of Alabama and Wallace Community College, earning an Associate of Arts degree. Vernon joined the Coast Guard and served four years as a radar man in the Caribbean.

His sister, Molly Stabler, preceded him in death

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He is survived by his wife, Patricia Stabler of Montgomery; mother, Margret Pritchett of Greenville; father, Dr. Vernon Stabler II  (Judy) of Greenville; sister, Hunter Cantey (Jack) of Columbia, S.C.; sister, Kathleen Stabler of Greenville; brothers-in-law David Monahan (Natividad) of Wetumpka and William Monahan (Kellie) of McDonough, Ga. and sister-in-law, Sis. Brenda Monahan of Emmitsburg, Md.  Vernon is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Margaret Cantey, Jack Cantey Jr., Shannon Monahan, Mitchell Monahan, John Monahan and Alexandra Monahan.

Vernon worked as an X-ray tech for Stabler Clinic until 2001 and then for the State of Alabama as a civil engineer assistant in the Rail section, of the Department of Transportation.  Vernon was an avid Alabama football fan and took great pleasure in watching their games and following team news.  In his younger days Vernon was an athlete play-ing on the Fort Dale Academy football team, he truly enjoyed his time at the Sea Grove beach with family and friends.  Vernon loved spending time there and was a strong skier.  He also enjoyed reading and loved history.  Vernon’s sense of humor and spirit of de-termination and courage will be truly missed.

In his final days, he spoke with a friend and stated in reference to the Alabama/Clemson game, “one loss does not define you.”  The loss is ours, Vernon, you are loved and will be remembered each time we hear someone yell, “Roll Tide.”

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 700 Century Park S, Suite 225, Birmingham, AL. 35226.

Visitation for family and friends was held from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday, Feb. 16, at First United Methodist Church of Greenville. The memorial service was held at 11 a.m.  There will be a private burial at a later date.