SNOW HILL - Samuel Hurd Abbott, 87, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, following a period of declining health. He had been a resident of Britthaven of Snow Hill since early 2001. Sam Abbott served in the U.S. Army during WWII with assignments in France, Germany and Austria as a member of the Rainbow Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star for providing logistic support under enemy fire by Major General Harry Collins. After military service, Sam was employed by Servair Aviation Corp. at Stallings Field (Kinston) in the 40's and early 50's. In 1958 he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Miami, Fla. after which he was employed for 26 years by Pratt-Whitney Corporation in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was an Aircraft and Engine Mechanic in the development group for the jet engine in the Air Force's famed F-15 Eagle frequently seen and/or heard in eastern North Carolina skies. He was born in Raleigh, N.C. on January 13, 1921, to Lunsford and Alice (Newcomb) Abbott who relocated to Kinston after building a home on West Highland Avenue. Sam grew up in Kinston and was a member of the Grainger High School Class of 1938. He never married and was predeceased by his parents and sister, Alice Bayard Abbott. Graveside services will be take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008, in a three generation Abbott family plot in Kinston's Maplewood Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book at www.kinston.com.
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Published in Free Press from May 21 to May 24, 2008