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Billy Franklin Abee
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1942
Death: Mar. 4, 2011


Mr. Billy Franklin Abee, age 68, of Union, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, March 4, 2011. Mr. Abee was born in Florence, SC, March 20, 1942, a son of the late Vernon Vester Abee and Irene Decker Abee Childers.

He was retired from Cone Mill and was an avid gardner and wood carver, having co-founded the Union Carving Group which he hosted every week at his home for the past several years. He played the guitar for the gospel group the Pathlighters, also was the guitarist at his church, Victory Baptist Church, and enjoyed playing guitar with his friends.

Mr. Abee was listed in the fourth volume of "Who's Who in Indian Relics" as a member of the Piedmont Archaeology Society which includes SC, NC, VA and TN. He was also a member of the Union Masonic Lodge #75, the Historical Society of Union Co. and the Romeo Club. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His children were the apple of his eye, his grandchildren are grand, but the great-grandchildren are great he always said.

Mr. Abee was the husband of Carolyn Holcombe Abee for fifty years and they would have celebrated their anniversary on March 11, 2011. He was also survived by a son, Johnny Abee and wife Cynthia; and a daughter, Tammie Brewington and husband David, all of Union; grandchildren: Heather Gregory and husband Dean, Ashley Harrold and husband Brandon, Jennifer Arrington and husband Trey, Daniel Abee and fiancee Sarah Kate Dees, Matthew Abee and wife Betsy; great-grandchildren: Michael Dean Gregory, Jr. and Jonah Trey Arrington; and a special friend, Fred (Bubba) Howard who was like a son. Mr. Abee was predeceased by a sister, Mary Alice Cranford; and a brother, Robert Lee Abee.

A celebration of life service will be held 3:00 PM Monday, March 7, 2011, at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. J. R. Carrigan and Rev. Robert Branch. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites.

Active pallbearers will be Donald Lawson, Billy Grady, Carlton, Chastain, Earl Coleman, Jimmy Belue and Clyde Birchfield. Members of the Carving Group and the Romeo Club are asked to sit in a group.

The S.R. Holcombe
Funeral Home, Inc.

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from March 6 to March 7, 2011 
Family links: 
  Vernon Vester Abee (1913 - 1966)
  Vernon v Abee (1938 - 2012)*
  Robert l Abee (1940 - 1991)*
  Billy Franklin Abee (1942 - 2011)
  Mary Alice Abee Cranford (1943 - 2004)*
  Tony Michael Abee (1952 - 1992)*
  Roger Dale Abee (1954 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Memorial Gardens
Union County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: David ~ Effie
Record added: Mar 06, 2011
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Billy Franklin Abee
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Billy Franklin Abee
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- David ~ Effie
 Added: Mar. 6, 2011

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