Ernest E. Abston, 79, of the Ozone community in Rockwood, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.
He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in the Westel community of Rockwood, to Paul Hurbert Abston and Eula Mae Lingo Abston. He was minister of Daysville Church of Christ in Rockwood, had previously served as associate minister of Willow Avenue Church of Christ in Cookeville, and preached the gospel for more than 57 years. He served on the board of Upper Cumberland Christian Home, Cookeville, and had served as supervisor of Happy Haven Children's Home, Cookeville. He was a former schoolteacher
in the Cumberland County school system. He was a former deputy sheriff in Cumberland and Putnam counties and was a former judicial commissioner in Cumberland County. He enjoyed writing poetry and had a book of his poetry published. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran of the Korean War
, serving with the Seabees. But his favorite job was raising his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, David Abston, Paul Edward "Eddie" Abston and Charles Abston.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Faye Abston, Ozone; daughters, Judy Atkinson and husband C.J., Ozone, Terri Purdie and husband Sid, Athens, Donna Kinnaird and husband Harold, Cookeville, Brenda Reed and husband Bruce, Cookeville, and Savannah Moss, Ozone; sons, Larry Abston, Athens, and Ernie Abston and wife Sandy, Decatur; grandchildren, Hank Moss, Shawn Long and husband Charlie, Randi Abston, Mary Purdie, Caleb Purdie, Tonya Guffey, Trevor Abston, Wendi Mayberry, Ginny Reed, Travis Fox, Shauna Ledbetter and husband, Corey; a host of great-grandchildren; sisters, Dee DeRossett and husband Dale, Daysville, Linda Aytes and husband Cotton, Daysville, Hazel Lowery, Daysville, Wilma England and husband Bill, Ten Mile; several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Evans Mortuary, Rockwood. Funeral services followed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Evans Mortuary chapel, with Minister Clarence DeLoach, Minister Kirby Hinds and special speaker Colton Nuckols officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Millstone Cemetery, Cumberland County, with military honors by the U.S. Navy. Trevor Abston, Dakota Moss, Jake Hill, Charlie Long, Caleb Purdie and Derrick Carter will serve as pallbearers. Dylan Henderson, Dalton Moss and Gunnar Moss will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Cumberland Christian Home, 790 State St., Cookeville, TN 38501. An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.biz