Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Inc.
Charles Wesley Abbott
(June 28, 1938 - June 5, 2011)
Charles Wesley Abbott, of Blackwell, Oklahoma, died Sunday morning at the Blackwell Regional Hospital, Blackwell, Oklahoma, at the age of 72 years.
Charles Wesley Abbott was born of June 28, 1938, in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, to Elmer U. and Grace F. (Betts) Abbott. His family moved from Tishomingo, to Atoka, Oklahoma, when he was six weeks old due to their home burning while visiting relatives in Atoka. He grew up there attending Atoka schools and graduated in 1957. He then 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. He married Glenda Stewart in 1971 in Blackwell, Oklahoma and on May 6, 1991, he married Mary Turner and they made Blackwell their home. He was also an avid Oklahoma University fan. A colleague from the Blackwell Journal Tribune recalls working with him, “It is often the case on a small-town daily newspaper that staff must fill various assignments at the same time. On the Blackwell Journal Tribune roster, Charles Abbott’s title was Sports Editor. Let us expand that job through a lengthy newspaper career to include covering City Hall, the police beat, general reporting and the unexpected event that test a reporter’s courage. Charles Abbott carried out those duties with out complaint. The community rewarded him publicly with awards in appreciation and called him “Scoop” in friendship. He was also 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 a member of the Lions Club, B.P.O.E., Moose Lodge and Oklahoma Press Association.
Charles is survived by 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.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his twin sister, Charlotte Anne Abbott; aunt, Edna Nix; uncle, Lonnie Reasor; and cousin, Loyal Reasor.
Services are scheduled for 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 will follow at the Blackwell Cemetery.
Casketbearers will be Shane Looper, Jim Henley, Ty Pameticky, Dyle Cottle, Johnny Maupin, Cliff Woodward, Mike Anderson and John Fleming. Honorary casketbearers will be Leon McConnell, Alex Turner, Charlie Woodward, Dale McGaha and Billy Casady.
A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society, in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.