John "Buck" Paine Ables
John "Buck" Paine Ables, died May 24, 2007, after living life with Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years. Born October 28, 1958, in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Wm B. Travis High School. He then attended SWTSU & Texas A&M University. Then he transferred to the University of Texas in Austin and received his BBA in Petroleum Land Management in 1981. He began his career researching oil leases with Consolidated Georex Geophysics and later went on to become a technician with the Oil and Gas Division of the Texas Railroad Commission. He medically retired from the State of Texas in 1993. Buck loved and married his high school sweetheart, Sherry Chandler on April 14th, 1984. And on October 22, 1987, the pride of his life, daughter Maegan, was born. Buck cherished all of his family and friends. Despite the diagnosis of chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis, he never loss faith in the Lord or his desire to live life to the fullest everyday. Growing up and in adulthood Buck loved the outdoors. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hiking, hunting, canoeing, and camping. As a youth he achieved Eagle Scout. Also as a scout he made two successful trips to Philmont completing challenging 100 mile hikes and climbs. He loved competitive sports playing football, soccer, and baseball. He had a deep affection for all animals, which led him to work in a veterinarian clinic in High School, the "farm" at Southwest Texas State University in College and to lovingly own and care for two beautiful Labradors. Buck is survived by his wife, Sherry; his daughter Maegan Ables; his mother Barbara Ables; his father Jesse Ables; and his brother Jeff Ables, wife Teresa and nieces Kate and Abby. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents J.O. "Buck" and Juanita Ellis Paine and John Hershal and Jessie Mae Ables. The family would like to lovingly thank Buck's caregivers who became such an important part of his life. Margie Ford cared for Buck for over 13 years. Along the way many of Margie's family members were also a part of Buck's "caregiving" team. We love you and thank you for your dedication. In the last five years, Marina Romo became his primary caregiver. Marina shared Buck's sense of humor and they spent countless hours sharing their life stories and laughing. Marina, we love you and thank you also. In the last year, Sevilia Mackey, became a part-time caregiver for Buck. She loved to cook for him and he loved her cooking. Sevilia you were a tremendous help to us, thank you. Also, Buck's Mom, Barbara Ables, lovingly cared and supported her son through every day of his life. She was with him every morning to begin his care and checked on him throughout the day. She dedicated herself to improving his health and well-being and Buck and she shared a special Mother and Son connection. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 4600 Manchaca Rd., Austin, Texas, with Brother Jack Burton officiating. Burial will follow at Cook- Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in Buck's name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. National M.S. Society, Training & Resource Center, 700 Broadway, Ste 810, Denver, Colorado 80203.