ABBEY, Alfred E. Distinguished Nashville lawyer and member of Miller & Martin PLLC, died on September 26, 2010 at the age of 81. A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mr. Abbey graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1951, and he remained a lifelong fan of Notre Dame football. After serving as an officer in the United States Navy, Mr. Abbey attended Vanderbilt University Law School. His law school class of 1957 was later described by a journalist as possibly "the most impressive and influential group the university ever sent packing into the real world". Even among this distinguished group Mr. Abbey excelled, serving as the managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor limited to the top 10 percent of the class. After graduating from law school, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and later for the Life & Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee. In 1970, Mr. Abbey joined the firm then known as Trabue, Minick, Sturdivant & Harbison. He practiced at this firm and its successors, "Trabue, Sturdivant & DeWitt and Miller & Martin", for the next 40 years. A trusted adviser to some of Nashville's most prominent families, he was engaged in the active practice of law until the sudden onset of his final illness. Mr. Abbey specialized in corporate and securities law, federal taxation and real estate. He served as a member of the Board of Directors (1977-80) and as first vice president (1979-80) of the Nashville Bar Association. Mr. Abbey was a retired commander of the United States Naval Reserves Intelligence Division. A devout Catholic all his life, he was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church for 45 years. From 1983 to 1986 he served as co-chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and he currently served on the Catholic Diocese of Nashville Real Estate Board. Mr. Abbey was a former president of the Serra Club of Nashville and the Notre Dame Club of Nashville. He was a member of Hillwood Country Club, and he enjoyed recent trips to Poland and Russia with the Nashville Committee on Foreign Relations. He loved hearing his seven grandchildren call him "Big Daddy". Mr. Abbey was preceded in death by his wife, Sara "Boonie" Parkes Abbey; son, Alfred E. Abbey, Jr.; daughter, Kathleen Dyer Abbey. He is survived by daughters, Sheryl Abbey (Charles) Wehby, Maureen Dunn Abbey, Karen Abbey Giunta of Fayetteville, GA and Diane Abbey (Chandler) Dimberg of Glenview, IL; seven grandchildren, Michael Harding Wehby of Chicago, IL, Kevin Thomas Wehby, Patrick Parkes Wehby, Parkes Hunter Giunta, Shane Allen Giunta, Ryan Alan Dimberg and Abbey Kathleen Dimberg. Visitation with the family will be Monday, September 27, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church, 6401 Harding Road, Nashville. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at St. Henry, followed by Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to either the St. Cecilia Academy Kathleen Dyer Abbey Endowed Scholarship Fund or the Father Ryan Alfred E. Abbey, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund. MARSHALL DONNELLY COMBS, (615) 327-1111
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Published in The Tennessean from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2010