Clifton R. Abbey

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - Lt. Clifton Robert "Cliff" Abbey, USN (Ret.), 81, of Goose Creek, husband of Elizabeth Marie Craven Abbey, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 24, 2011, at 2 p.m. at St. Johannes Lutheran Church in Charleston. Burial will follow in Dorchester Memory Gardens in Summerville.

Friends may call at James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to: St. Johannes Lutheran Church, 48 Hasell St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Mr. Abbey was born April 21, 1930, in Montpelier, Vt., son of the late Robert Charles Abbey and Helen Sarah Warren Abbey.

He retired after 22 years in the Navy and served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy, he began working at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, N.H., as a nuclear production manager. He retired to Charleston in 1982 and worked part time for M. Rosenblatt and Sons doing marine design engineering until 1993. In 2003, he began working as a part-time employee for Crowfield Plantation, where he served as chairman to ARB/ARMC. He was a member of the Goose Creek Masonic Lodge 401, the John L. Flynn 277 (Order of the Eastern Star) and was past president of the Military Officers Association of America.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Elizabeth; a stepson, Donald Carpenter, and his wife, Donna, of Summerville; one granddaughter, Amanda "Mandy" Carpenter, of Summerville; one brother, Roger Abbey, of Pearl City, Hawaii; and one sister; Joyce LeBlanc, of Barre, Vt.

He was predeceased by his brothers and sister: Charles Abbey, Wanita Brownell, Kenfield Abbey and Chester Abbey.

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Arrangements are by James A. Dyal Funeral Home, 303 S. Main St., Summerville, SC 29483, 843-873-4040.

Published in Times Argus on June 22, 2011