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James E. Abell, Casey Co. KY (1983-2013)

He was a native of Louisiana, and a resident of Willis, Texas, at the time of his death. His earthly remains will be returned to the Abell ancestral home country and church, St. Bernard, in Clementsville, KY for interment, among a host of relatives past and living in and from Casey, Adair, and Taylor Counties of South Central Kentucky. His was a valiant fight. He saw himself as a fighter, not a victim. He lived life like a hand reaching out to grasp every moment, seizing every opportunity and never missing a chance to meet new people and touch their lives. To read this tribute in its entirety, click on headline

After battling cancer for more than two years, James Edward Abell passed away peacefully at his home in Willis, Texas on Monday, January 21, 2013. He was 29.

A Celebration of James' life was held at 11amCT on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Mims Baptist Church, 1609 Porter Road Conroe, TX, and the graveside service will be at 10amCT/11amET on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at St. Bernard Cemetery, by St. Bernard Church, 5075 KY 551, Liberty, KY in the Clementsville community of Casey County, KY. Visitation will begin after 9amCT/10amET, on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville Street, Liberty, KY.

Pallbearers will be Paul Abell, Matthew Marple, Kevin Tran, and Christian Diaz.

James E. Abell, Casey Co. KY (1983-2013)

He was born on Sunday, May 22, 1983 in New Iberia, Iberia Parish, LA. He died Monday, January 21, 2013, in Willis, Montgomery, TX, at the age of 29 years, 7 months, and 30 days.

His life was full of joyful experiences as he was an avid hunter and passionate fisherman. He was a loved member of Dacus Baptist Church, and formerly worked for UPS, where he held onto many of the friendships formed there. James made a difference in the lives of those who knew him. He loved spending time with his friends and family. He was known for being an appreciative and loving man, a champion of fairness and honesty, and living life to the fullest. With a smile that shined like the sunrise on an early morning hunt, he brought joy to those who witnessed his growth into a strong, compassionate husband.

Despite his illness, James looked upon himself as a fighter, not a victim. He lived life like a hand reaching out to grasp every moment, seizing every opportunity and never missing a chance to meet new people and touch their lives.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife and best friend, Amy Blanton Abell of Willis, TX, and the following:
  • His father and wife: Stan Abell and wife Danna Simpson of Liberty, KY

  • His mother: Laura Miranda and husband Rudy of Conroe, TX

  • A sister: Lauren Abell of Conroe, TX

  • Grandparents: Mary Bessie Abell of Knifley, KY; Jim and Kathy Blanton of Conroe, TX, and August and Bonnie Hill of Conroe, TX

  • Mothers in law/love and fathers in law/love: Taina Blanton and Christian Diaz of Conroe, TX', and Randy and Gracie Blanton of Conroe, TX

  • Brothers in law/love and sisters in law/love: Doug and Carrie Downing, and Corey and Bethany Diamond

  • Nephews: Jackson Cater, Evan Marquez, Jefferson Downing, and Ethan Marquez

  • A niece: Harper Lee Downing;

  • Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins
He was preceded in death by his grandaddy, James Emmanuel Abell; and granny, Allene Bailey.

In lieu of flowers contributions are preferred to the Dacus Baptist Church in care of "He is Abell" fund, and/or Relay for Life team "Always Abell."

Local funeral arrangements entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville Street, Liberty, KY.

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James E. Abell, Casey Co. KY (1983-2013)

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