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John William "Will" Abbott
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1866
Neosho
Newton County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1944
Joplin
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

John William, known as Will, was the son of Henry Clay & Martha (Johnson) Abbott.

Will, who had never married, lived in Neosho his entire life and had become well known as the owner of the Abbott Bakery that he had inherited from his father. He retired around 1914.

He was a patient at St. John's Hospital in Joplin when he died at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 27, 1944, from Pulmonary Edema due to Chronic Myocarditis. He had lived 77 years, 7 months, & 4 days. His only surviving relative was a sister, Mrs. Nell James, the informant on his death certificate.

Will was well liked, and news about his death spread throughout the community as various newspapers reported his death.

Neosho Daily Democrat
Thurs. Jan. 27, 1944

"DEATH OF WILL ABBOTT
Will Abbott, about 75 years old, died at 9 a.m. today at St. John's hospital, Joplin, where he had been a patient since Monday.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Frank James, of Joplin, formerly Miss Nellie Abbott. Deceased was a son of Henry Clay Abbott, one of Neosho's pioneer citizens, who for many years operated a bakery and restaurant on Spring street. Following the death of his father, Will Abbott acquired the business and also operated it for several years. Mr. Abbott's brother, Frank, Bose, Ed and Ollie, are all dead. He was never married.

By close attention to business Mr. Abbott acquired a modest, competency enough at least to care for him in his old age. He was of a genial disposition, friendly and cheerful, and will be greatly missed by his old friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Bigham Chapel. Burial at I.O.O.F. Cemetery."

Joplin Globe
Fri. Jan. 28, 1944:

"WILL ABBOTT RITES TO BE HELD TODAY
Retired Baker and Life-Long Resident of Neosho Dies Following Recent Operation.

Neosho, Mo, Jan. 27 - Funeral services for J.W. (Will) Abbott, 77 years old, life-long resident of Neosho and a retired baker, who died at 9:30 o'clock this morning in St. John's hospital in Joplin, will be held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Bigham chapel. Burial will be in the Neosho I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Mr. Abbott had been a patient in the hospital for three days. He had recovered satisfactorily from a recent operation in St. Louis but unexpectedly became ill and was taken to the hospital.

He was born at Neosho June 23, 1866, and was one of a family of eight. Only surviving member of the family is a sister, Mrs. Frank James, 2316 Avenue, Joplin.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Abbott, came to Neosho in Civil War days and, about 1871, the father began operation of a bakery, later taken over by the son. The original bakery and its equipment were owned by the son at the time of his death. His own business had been conducted in a building which he had constructed and still owned. He had retired about 30 years ago.

Besides the sister, a niece, Miss Roemilta James of the same address, and a nephew, Corporal Abbott A. James, with a coast artillery anti-aircraft unit in North Africa, also survive."

Neosho Daily Democrat
Fri. Jan. 28, 1944
"ABBOTT RITES TODAY
Funeral services for Wm. Abbott, one of Neosho's oldest native-born citizens, whose death occurred early yesterday in St. John's hospital, Joplin, after a brief illness, were conducted in the chapel of Bigham's Funeral Home at 3 o[clock by Rev. Karl McClendon, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Burial was made in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery."
 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry C Abbott (1833 - 1895)
  Martha E Abbott (1842 - 1897)
 
 Siblings:
  John William Abbott (1866 - 1944)
  Henry C Abbott (1870 - 1898)*
  Edgar Martin Abbott (1873 - 1942)*
  Aura Bell Abbott (1876 - 1876)*
  Oliver N. Abbott (1878 - 1914)*
  Nelle Edith Abbott James (1881 - 1962)*
  Walter Abbott (1884 - 1891)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
77yrs
 
Burial:
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Neosho
Newton County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: Coleah
Record added: Nov 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22703593
John William Will Abbott
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John William Will Abbott
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