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Gabriel Tyler Fariss

Gabriel Tyler Fariss, 3, of Roanoke, was granted his angel wings Monday Nov. 12, 2012.

Gabriel fought Dravet Syndrome, a rare progressive form of epilepsy, every day of his life and never let it slow him down. He was love in the purest form and expressed that love constantly through his laughter, smiles and kisses. Outwardly he was a 3-year-old boy who loved tractor rides, four wheelers, his toy cars and trucks – everything with wheels fascinated him.

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people stay awhile. Some people come and leave footprints on your heart and we are never the same.”

Survivors include his parents, Angela and Henry Fariss; grandparents, Vikki and Steve Dixon, Bedford, Bruce and Cheryl Fariss, Allisonia; aunts, Caroline Fariss, Sarah Fariss Wilkes and husband, Trevor; uncle, Adam Fariss and wife, Laura; Todd Dixon and wife, Allison, and numerous cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, noon, at  Oakey’s South Chapel, Roanoke, with the Rev. David DeHaven officiating. Interment will be in the Fariss Family Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.  The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, 11 Nancy Drive, Monroe, CT 06468, in memory of Gabriel Fariss.

Arrangements by Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory in Roanoke.

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