Growing up in Avon Park, Fla., Sol Abrams had only one sister but an extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins were like brothers and sisters to him. They loved all kinds of music, from opera to classical to jazz. Years later, when Abrams' home in Athens, Ga., became a haven for even more distant cousins as well as for restless teenagers who needed the comfort and kindness of a loving adult, music was part of any occasion. "Our home was alive with music, laughter, and love," said his daughter Denise Abrams Gorham. Big Band hits, Gershwin tunes, and songs by Elvis, Little Richard and Bing Crosby blared from Altec A-Seven Voice of Theater speakers, about the size of refrigerators, in the living room.
His uncle gave him a movie projector when he was eight. "He would run movies for his friends for a penny," said his daughter Mimi Abrams. "He fell in love with movies and entertaining people." Throughout his life, he helped those in need and championed civil rights, becoming one of the first theater owners in Georgia to integrate.
Solomon Zolman Abrams, 92, who made movie theaters his living but made his family the center of his life, was listening to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" the morning of Aug. 31, 2016, when he died at his home. Read the news obituary