William John Hamilton Abey Jr.

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NEW BERN | William John Hamilton Abey Jr., 82, of New Bern, died May 29, 2014 at home.
He was born on July 14, 1931, in Trenton, New Jersey and attended local schools including Lawrenceville and Pennington Prep. He attended Franklin and Marshall College and Rutgers. Mr. Abey served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and he was stationed on the Navy hospital ship, the Consolation from 1952 – 1954. He became a banker for New Jersey National Bank and married Barbara Leigh in 1956. After living in Pennington for 60 years, he and Barbara moved to New Bern, NC in 1992 where he enjoyed golfing, fishing and woodworking. After retirement he ran an antique business with his son Leigh.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, William J.H. Abey III and wife Marcia Williamson and J. Leigh Abey and wife Linda Smith; five grandchildren, Allison Kimberly Abey, Daniel William Abey, James Leigh Abey Jr., Kenneth David Abey and Haleigh Jean Abey.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of New Bern.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church for their building fund, 400 New St., New Bern, NC 28560 or to the , 920 B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.
Online condolences may be made to the Abey family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home.
Published in Sun Journal on May 31, 2014
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