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Charles Wesley Abbott
Jun 28, 1938 - Jun 5, 2011
Submitted by: Becky Rodgers
Charles Wesley Abbott, of Blackwell died Jun 5, 2011
at the age of 72.
Charles Wesley Abbott was born on June 28, 1938, in Tishomingo,
Oklahoma, to Elmer U. and Grace F. (Betts) Abbott and died Sunday
morning at the Blackwell Regional Hospital, Blackwell, Oklahoma, at
the age of 72 years.
His family moved to Atoka, Oklahoma, when he was six weeks old due
to their Tishomingo home burning while visiting relatives in Atoka.
He attended Atoka schools and graduated in 1957. He attended
Southeastern State College, in Durant, Oklahoma, graduating with a
bachelors in art with a minor in journalism in 1968. He continued
his education at Oklahoma University where he worked on his masters
for one year. He began working for the Blackwell Journal Tribune in
In 1971, he married Glenda Stewart in Blackwell, Oklahoma. On May 6,
1991, he married Mary Turner and they made Blackwell their home. He
was also an avid Oklahoma University fan. On the Blackwell Journal
Tribune roster, Charles Abbott’s title was Sports Editor, but as is
usual with a small newspaper, he covered City Hall, the police beat,
general reporting and the unexpected event that test a reporter’s
courage. The community rewarded him publicly with awards in
appreciation and called him “Scoop” in friendship. He was a member
of the Blackwell Journal Tribune team the year the paper won the
coveted Sequoya Award for General Excellence given by the Oklahoma
Press Association. He was also a member of the Lions Club, B.P.O.E.,
Moose Lodge and Oklahoma Press Association.
Survivors include his wife Mary Abbott, of the home; three
step-sons: David Hardgroves, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Murle Eugene
Turner, of Blackwell, Oklahoma, and Casey Turner, of Blackwell,
Oklahoma; and one grandson, Alex Turner, of Blackwell, Oklahoma.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his twin sister, Charlotte
Anne Abbott; aunt, Edna Nix; uncle, Lonnie Reasor; and cousin, Loyal
A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society, in
c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell,
Funeral services for Charles Abbott, of Blackwell, were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the First Christian Church, Blackwell, Oklahoma, with Rev. Jeff, Koch, First Christian Church, and Bill McKissick, First Assembly of God, officiating. Burial followed at the Blackwell Cemetery. Casket bearers were Shane Looper, Jim Henley, Ty Pameticky, Dyle Cottle, Johnny Maupin, Cliff Woodward, Mike Anderson and John Fleming. Honorary casketbearers were Leon McConnell, Alex Turner, Charlie Woodward, Dale McGaha and Billy Casady.
Funeral services for Charles Abbott, of Blackwell, were held at 2:00
p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the First Christian Church,
Blackwell, Oklahoma, with Rev. Jeff, Koch, First Christian Church,
and Bill McKissick, First Assembly of God, officiating. Burial
followed at the Blackwell Cemetery. Casket bearers were Shane Looper,
Jim Henley, Ty Pameticky, Dyle Cottle, Johnny Maupin, Cliff
Woodward, Mike Anderson and John Fleming. Honorary casketbearers
were Leon McConnell, Alex Turner, Charlie Woodward, Dale McGaha and
Burial at the Blackwell Cemetery.
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