Family-Placed ObituaryJames Edmonson Abney
Our beloved Jim Abney passed away in the early morning of Thursday, March 10, 2005, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on February 23, 1934 to Zelma P. and David L. Abney in Beeville, Texas, his parents preceded him in death. After moving to Austin, he graduated from Austin High School and attended the University of Texas. After serving in the Armed Forces, he was employed by the State Board of Insurance as Assistant to the Director of Oil Properties. He served as a field representative for the Great American Insurance Company of New York in the West Texas area. In 1959, he became associated with the firm of Read and Company in Lubbock, Texas. He was named as one of the Outstanding Young Men of Lubbock in 1965, and is a past president of the Lubbock Lions Club, the largest in the United States. He moved his family to Austin in 1967, and became associated with J.O. Garrett Company which later became Garrett-Abney Company. In 1997, he became associated with Ed Weeren and the company became Garrett-Abney-Weeren Company. He was president of the Insurance Club of Austin and a past director of the Austin Association of Independent Agents. Jim was an avid sportsman and had a great love for the outdoors. He found great enjoyment on many occasions hunting with his "hunting buddies" as well as a couple of times with his only grandson, Charles. Jim always had a happy heart and a big smile on his face. He always wanted to help others. He didn't care how big the need was in a person's life, he was there to do whatever needed to be done. He finished any task he was given the opportunity to do. He took great pleasure in helping his children and grandchildren. At the age of nine, he asked Jesus to come into his heart. He lived his life for the Lord in many ways. He truly lived to do what he felt God was telling him. Those who knew him well, knew he was about doing, and not talking about it. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lo Ann Burch Abney; brother, David Lewis Abney; daughters, Kim Abney Davis and husband, Walt, Kristi Abney Larkam and husband, Charles; grandchildren, Kristen, Kalle, and Kaitlin Davis, Tiffany, Charles and Alexandra Larkam; very special aunt, Jessie B. Weatherton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family would like to express deep appreciation for the loving nurses and caretakers on 7th floor North and 8th floor South at Seton Hospital, hospice nurses, caretakers as well as the private nurse's aids and caretakers at home. A very thoughtful thank you to Dr. Demetrius Loukas and staff. An extra special thanks to Vicki and Jerry Watson and David L. Abney who gave up their life for one month to help Jim and his family. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2005, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 200 W. Anderson Lane with Reverends Karl Gronberg and Kent Bohls officiating. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. Honoring Mr. Abney as pallbearers will be Gaylord Magnuson, Tim Abney, Ed Weeren, Bill Brewer, Jim Baylor, Raymond Johnson, Don Swenson, Curtis Johnson, Karrell Johnson, Jim Bergstrom, Jerry Watson and John Ebner. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 200 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752; The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 700 Broadway, Ste. 810, Denver, Colorado 80203-3442 attention: Donation Processing or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 149100, Austin, Texas 78714-9100. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now, there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
II Timothy 4: 7-8