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Abraham Lincoln Collinsworth 1936 - 2012

Abraham Lincoln Collinsworth

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July 28, 2013
“Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow” (Abraham Lincoln)

As he was named, so he lived his life.

You left an amazing garden Mr. Collinsworth.

Lynn
AHS Class of 72-73
March 02, 2013
It was with a feeling sorrow and a bit of guilt when I learned of Abe's passing. I knew Abe when he played basketball at U.K. I worked at the cafeteria where the basketball players ate, and they were usually the last to get to the cafeteria because of practice. Two of the players that I knew best were John Crigler - and Abe. They were very friendly and seemed to appreciate everything we did to make sure everything was ready when they arrived. The last time I saw Abe was during the 1958 champions tour of the state. They played in Owensboro, and I took my Dad (big UK fan) to see UK players in person for the first time. I introduced him to Abe, and in his friendly manner, Abe took a lot of time to just talk with him. Abe was special, a good basketball player and a good friend while I was in school. My sincere condolences to the family. Know that it also is a loss to those of us who knew him.
December 23, 2012
Coach Collinsworth taught me at Eau Gallie Jr.High in 1962, He exemplified what a true gentleman and educator should be. Mr. Collinsworth was a major reason in my decision to become a teacher (I even wore neckties on a daily basis!) Cris, every time I see you on television , I think of your Dad. The resemblence is striking Mrs. Collinsworth, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, Coach Collinsworth was one of the greatest men I ever knew. it was an honor to know him
December 03, 2012
I'm sorry for the loss of The Collingsworth Family. I've followed Mr. Abraham Lincoln Collingsworth's son, Cris since he was a wide receiver for the Florida Gators and watched him play in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a gangly player and at 6'5" and now, I know where he gets his height! I was listening to the Monday Night Football broadcast tonight between my Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles and as always, I enjoy Cris' color commentating along with Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football.

This night was different. I had never heard him talk about his father and he referenced him and the type of discipline he had gotten from playing basketball for Adolph Rupp at The University of Kentucky and winning a national championship in basketball in 1958. That intrigued me because I never knew that and I'm a sports buff. I knew that Pat Riley played for Coach Rupp in 1966, so I Googled "Collingsworth Kentucky basketball" and I found the name "Abraham Lincoln Collingsworth". I was astonished; such a distinguished name!

Then, I saw something heartbreaking; (1936-2012). I then realized that just like I had over two years ago, Cris had lost his father only six weeks ago! It was quite a blow because in mentioning his father tonight, he spoke with such pride and reverence, but he did not allude to the fact that his dad has left this life. I also have lost a sibling, so I feel even closer to Cris after better understanding both of these losses in his life.

I've always respected his perspective, how he shares his craft with the viewing audience and now, I respect that he's passing it on from whence he learned it; from his father. I pray that Mr. Abraham Lincoln Collingsworth's legacy be carried forward by his wife, his son, Cris, his daughter-in-law, Holly, and his four beautiful grandchildren that I'm sure adored him so. I thank God for your well-lived life and for instilling good things in Cris' life and those whose lives you touched in your circle.

Now, your voice resonates through Cris over the airwaves as he does something he loves and through his audible expressions about the game of football, we too can better enjoy what we not only see through our eyes, but also simultaneously through his. Mr. Collingsworth, I pray that you and your son, Greg are reunited and revoicing with God!

Prayerfully,
November 16, 2012
sorry to hear about lincoln has passed i'm from salyersville and my sister helen lou patrick was in lincolns class
so sorry he was a great ball player
November 13, 2012
Coach Collinsworth was my High School Basketball Coach and was admired by all his players. He was a class act and I have remembered him fondly all my life. He not only taught us how to be better athletes but set an example of what character is all about. My sincere sympathies go out to his wife, who was also my Freshman English teacher, and his son, Chris, whom I have the pleasure of stating that I was one of his babysitters when he was an infant.
October 27, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Family of Mr. Collinsworth. He was the Principal at my High School for three of the four years I attended. 73-77. He was well liked and a good man. God Bless You Abe. See in Heaven. Please see the memorial for the class years 73-75 here. Abe was added to it. http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=3886930579600
October 27, 2012
Abe was close friend and a wonderful person. I will keep his family in my prayers

Irene Sue Cain Prater
175 Washburn Ln
Taylorsville, KY 40071
October 25, 2012
I was so saddened to hear of Abe's passing. He was such a role model for so many people. My memories of Abe are those times he would brag about Chris and Greg for hours and always was so proud of his boys. Abe was a huge influence on my career. He was always so supportive and encouraging. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris and Donetta. John Davenport
October 23, 2012
My family and I (brother, Tom Losinger, mom, Pat Losinger Jordan), are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. C. He always had a wonderful twinkle in his eye, a great big smile - and he had this way of knowing just what to say to you...kind of like he knew what you were thinking! Our hearts break for the whole Collinsworth family and our prayers are with you!

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