GREENVILLE - Charles J. Abney, age 86, of Greenville, Ohio, and formerly of Richmond, Ind., where he had lived most of his life, passed away at 1:32 a.m. Feb. 20, 2013, at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio.
Charles was born April 29, 1926, in Locust Branch, Ky., and the son of the late Andy and Annie (Skinner) Abney.
Charles was retired having worked at Hill's Roses of Richmond, Ind., for 40 years.
He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Eaton Pike Pentecostal Tabernacle where he had served as deacon and led many Bible studies. He had also been a Sunday school superintendent. Charles loved to garden and was most proud of his beautiful and perfect gardens.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice (Centers) Abney. They had been married for 64 years. Also by a son Terry Abney and sisters Louise Applegate and Christine Chasteen.
Charles is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ted and Diana Abney of Greenville. Granddaughters Angela Tait, Monica Abney, Nikole (Tyler) Fasnacht and Terra (Chad) Denniston. Also great-grandchildren Treighton Fasnacht, Hudson Fasnacht, Taylor Denniston, Zackary Denniston, Fiona Tait, Shane Newton, Cailey Hamilton and Autumn Hamilton as well as a sister Irene Abner.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Ron Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Earlham Cemetery Richmond, Ind.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the services in the funeral home. The Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military honors Saturday at the Greenville funeral home. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com