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Maitland Abell

Greensboro, GA - Marshall Maitland Abell, 84, of Greensboro, GA died peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. His loving wife Jean was at his side. Mr. Abell graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. earning a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Art degrees. He was invited in 1953, at age 25 to become Headmaster at Asheville Country Day School (now Carolina Day) in Asheville where he remained the head for twenty-one years. Mr. Abell moved the tiny private school from its early location at Grace Covenant Church on Merrimon Ave to it's current campus on Hendersonville Road, and created one of the premiere college preparatory schools in the region. In his later career, Mr Abell was Headmaster at private schools in Alabama, Texas, New Mexico and Georgia.

Mr. Abell served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He was an active and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, GA and in the past had served as moderator of First Congregation Church in Asheville. He was a member of the Pen and Plate Club, the Mayflower Society, the Rotary Club, board member of Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools and was in the United States Navy Reserves.

In addition to his wife, Jean Campbell Abell of Greensboro, GA, he is survived by five children, Christopher, Timothy, Rebecca, Benjamin and Theodore; a sister, Carol Gifford of Tucson, Arizona; ten grandchildren; four step grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, GA on July 23rd. The Family requests that any memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit to sign the online guest register.


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 19, 2011
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