• Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home
    Copperas Cove, TX
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William A. Abel 1951 - 2012

William A. Abel

Saturday, December 01, 2012
For the short time knowing Bill, He made us feel that we had known him for a life time.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Thank you Boss for teaching me so many things not only about work, but also, about life in general. We will miss you because you touched us in so many ways. Working with you was a real pleasure, and I am glad I had the opportunity of being part of your team. We will continue working hard to make you proud. My best wishes to Barbara and all your family. Stay strong
Friday, November 30, 2012
A Message from Barbara Abel...I want to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support (now and during Bill's courageous battle with cancer)...the messages, flowers, the emails, the cards. I'm so touched. To my dear sisters, Eleanor, Toni, and Nene...the loss of two brothers is much to bear and I thank you for your love and support and being the sisters I never had. I would like to especially thank our extended Red Wing family for honoring Bill and attending the service and those all over the country for the support and condolences. I thank those with whom he served in the Military for the honor of your presence. Dale, the years of friendship shall continue with me I promise. I would deeply like to thank our oldest son, William Patrick for his incredible strength and seeing his father and I thru chemo, surgery, radiation...everything this year and opening his home and his heart for our friends and family. You made me so proud seeing you in your dress blues to honor your father. I know you made him so proud, too. My heart to my dear father who has helped give Bill and I strength the past 14 months and held my hand throughout. Daddy, you give me inspiration to find the words...you always have. Our youngest son, TJ, who spoke so eloquently of his father after my Eulogy, and let me fall into his arms after receiving Bills flag and during the military honors. Tricia, I thank you for being here and for going to see Twilight with me to escape even for just 2 hours. And a most grateful and heartfelt thank you to Tammy, our wonderful daughter, a rock for me this whole week, an inspiration this whole year for her father. You pointed me in the right direction all week. We held each others hand and faced some tough moments with each other this week. I couldn't have done it without you.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The last part of my Eulogy to William...

How do I say goodbye --By Barbara Lynn Abel

How do I say goodbye
when you've been there everyday
my support, my backbone
you always knew just what to say

How do I say goodbye
when you've held my hand so close
and cared for me throughout
it was you I needed most

And how do I say goodbye
when I can still hear your voice
your words chidding in my ear
telling me make the right choice

How do I say goodbye
when I never wanted you to leave
my heart aches in deep sorrow
and I'm left alone to greive

But William how do I say goodbye
when you loved me the most of all
for you have always caught me
thru every stumble and every fall

And how can I say goodbye
Your courage and strength surpass what's real
and to be Mrs. William Abel
is an honor almost too surreal

For it's impossible to say goodbye
you've left me hollow deep inside
and you're not here to stop my tears
I can't tell you how much I've cried

And to say goodbye like you wanted
"it is what it is" you repeated alot
and you take that motto to heaven
for surely you have a special spot

You see, I don't know how to say goodbye
For I'm lost without you near
But the memories good and bad
I forever will hold so dear

I beg you now give me the strength not for goodbyes
Like My father says, it's just farewell for now
But my soul is hollow with your loss
Give me your courage anyway, anyhow

So William, the goodbyes I have forsakken
For I know you're with me still
Cuz even in death your determination shall find me
and that, everyone, is just the will of Bill

My heart and soul go with you. I respect and admire all you stood for. I'm so proud of how you handled yourself this past year...never making it about cancer. You truly are in a class all your own. I am honored and humbled as a woman and your spouse to accept your flag.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The end of my Eulogy to William

How Do I Say Goodbye by Barbara L. Abel

How do I say goodbye
when you've been there everyday
my support, my backbone
you always knew just what to say

How do I say goodbye
when you've held my hand so close
and cared for me throughout
it was you I needed most

And how do I say goodbye
when I can still hear your voice
your words chidding in my ear
telling me make the right choice

How do I say goodbye
when I never wanted you to leave
my heart aches in deep sorrow
and I'm left alone to greive

But William, how do I say goodbye
when you loved me the most of all
for you have always caught me
thru every stumble and every fall

And how can I say goodbye
Your courage and strength surpass what's real
and to be Mrs. William Abel
is an honor almost too surreal

For it's impossible to say goodbye
you've left me hollow deep inside
and you're not here to stop my tears
I can't tell you how much I've cried

And to say goodbye like you wanted
"it is what it is" you repeated alot
and you take that motto to heaven
for surely you have a special spot

You see, I don't know how to say goodbye
For I'm lost without you near
But the memories good and bad
I forever will hold so dear

I beg you now give me the strength not for goodbyes
Like my father says it's just farewell for now
But my soul is hollow with your loss
Give me your courage anyway, anyhow

So William, the goodbyes I have forsakken
For I know you're with me still
Cuz even in death your determination shall find me
and that, everyone, is just the will of Bill

My heart and soul go with you. I respect and admire all you stood for. I'm so proud of how you handled yourself this past year...never making it about cancer. You truly are in a class all your own. To accept your flag, the most humbling honor as an individual, woman and spouse.
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