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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 1969.
 
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 Reasor.   A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society, in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.
 
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 Billy Casady.

Burial at the Blackwell Cemetery.

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