November 28, 1930-
September 14, 2013
Charlotte, NC- Mr. Abell, 82, of Charlotte, NC died on September 14, 2013 at Hunterwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on November 28, 1930 in Richland, GA son of the late Susie Bartlett Abell and Clifford Stanley Abell and was baptized in the Richland Baptist Church.
He moved to Columbus, GA in 1943 and began a lifelong love of sports. As a 1954 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, he was a four sport letterman, excelling in golf, track, basketball and football. In 1952 he had 57 catches as an end, surpassing the major college record at that time of 52. He still holds Wofford's record for most receptions in a game with 10 and his record of 57 receptions in a season still stands.
Mr. Abell is a veteran of the Korean War, where served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He also played on the football team at Ft. Bragg. In 1985 Mr. Abell was elected to the Wofford College Athletic Hall of Fame.
He has lived most of his life in Charlotte, where he had many friends and a long successful career in textile chemical sales. Mr. Abell also loved to dance and was a member of the Charlotte Shag Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bobbie Walker.
Mr. Abell is survived by his children, Dawn Hagin, Cindy Abell, Stan Abell, and Chris Abell and his wife, Michelle; grandchildren, Nicholas Hagin and Zachary Abell; a brother William Clifford Abell; and former wife, Dianne Abell.
There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in the chapel of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. The family will receive friends Sunday at the funeral home from 12 noon until the service. He will be laid to rest next to his mother in Harmony Cemetery in Richland, GA at a later date.
Memorials can be made to the Jack Abell Fund, Wofford College Development Office, 429 North Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303.
Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Sept. 19, 2013