Charles Nelson Abee, age 72, of Morristown, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System. He was born April 1, 1932 in Belmont, N.C. Mr. Abee was a member of Manley Baptist Church since 1976, Sunday School Teacher and Choir Member for many years, and Clown Ministry since 1989 and owner and operator of Exact Tax.
He entered into his military career in 1950 and retired in 1975. Mr. Abee served 20-plus years as a member of the Air Force Combat Control Teams and was on parachute or flying status for more than 17 of those years. When he retired in 1975, he was First Sergeant of the squadron to which he was originally assigned in 1956. He is the recipient of the following medals: Air Medal, Bronze Star, AF Commendations, Meritorious Service Medal and others.
He was a Gideon from 1978 to present. He was preceded in death by his parents William F. Abee and Edith Hammett Abee and brothers, Bobby Dean and Jerry Abee. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ruth Abee; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Melinda Abee, Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Billy Abee and Barbara Abee of Morristown, TN; and grandchildren, Austin, Walker, Gabbie and Colin; and brother, Bill Abee. Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18 at Manley Baptist Church with Elder Paul Violet, Ward Ashley and Kenneth Glenn officiating. Grave-side services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19 in Hamblen Memory Gardens. The family received friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, prior to the services at the church. Arrangements were by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.