Erman James "E.J." "Abe" Ables

February 8, 1933July 17, 2020
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And so, it was on February 8th, 1933, the journey of Erman James Ables began in Bamberg, SC, where he born to the late Sadie Irene Abel. He completed life's journey on July 17th, 2020, with his daughters at his side and the prayers and thoughts of other family members surrounding him.

"E.J" or "Abe" as he was affectionately known was raised in Orangeburg, SC, and the surrounding communities. He joined the United States Air Force on October 31st, 1951. During his early years, E.J began his love of playing baseball. He cultivated his skills in this hobby throughout early adulthood, and even into his military career. E.J.'s skills at playing baseball caught the attention of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He married the love of his life Richelean Tarrant of Bamberg, SC, on March 6th, 1952, who he was introduced to by her brother, Marion Tarrant. Together they embarked on the exciting and challenging journey of being a military couple and ultimately a military family.

Initially, E.J. was stationed at the now-closed Donaldson Air Force base in Greenville, SC, where his first four children Christine, Robert, Linda Sue, and Barbara Ann, were born. E.J.'s next duty station was at the now-closed Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, where the family welcomed the 5th and final child, William. E.J. was later stationed abroad in Spain at Torrejón Air Base. His last duty station was Dyess Air Force Base, where he honorably retired after a rewarding military career. The family settled in Abilene in 1971.

Upon retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Abe began a second career as a professional truck driver. Abe enjoyed being on the open road. He loved to go fishing. Abe was a simple man and relished in life's simple pleasures from a relaxing time fishing, having a cup of coffee and reminiscing of military life, to spending time with his family creating unique memories.

After his wife, Richelean, joined Crescent Heights Baptist Church, E.J. later became a member. "E.J"/" Abe" will be remembered for his love of family, being gregarious, love of conversation, and meeting new people. He was straightforward on how he wanted to do things and was unmovable in his convictions. E.J. was a great provider and protector. The last season of E.J.'s life was spent caring for and in deep concern for the wellbeing of his wife, Richelean, even above his own needs.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sadie Abel; cherished grandson, James Daniel Nix; brothers, James, Herbert Lee, Arthur, and Robert Abel.

Abe is survived by his beloved wife Richelean Ables, his children, Retired Texas Ranger Dr. Christine Abel Nix, Robert Abel, and his wife, Karman, Linda Sue Abel Hundley, and her husband, Robert J., Barbara Ann Abels McDonnell, and William Abel, Sr. and his wife, Audra. E.J. was the proud Pa-Paw of, Christina Nicole "Niki" Nix, Matthew Ronald Nix, Kristen Michelle Abel, Lauren Michelle Abel-Alvarez, Phillip Ryan McDonnell, William David Abel, Jr., Samuel James Abel, Alexander Joseph De Miao, and Jonathan Michael Martinez; his sister, Vivian Irene Abel-Gregory; sisters-in-law, Mildred Breland and Jestine Kearse; and brothers-in-law, Marion Tarrant and Theodore Tarrant; special family friends, Ralph Ronald Nix and Michelle Decker Abel; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorial contributions in E.J.'s name can be made to Crescent Heights Baptist Church in Abilene.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff at Hendricks Medical Center Anderson Wing, 3rd floor, Cardiac unit, 5th floor, the Windcrest Health and Rehabilitation of Abilene, Kinder Hearts Home Health & Hospice, and Meals on Wheels. We are especially grateful and appreciative of Dr. Ford and the Emergency Department staff for their efforts and the dignity shown to our loved one in his final moments; Mr. Justin Garland and staff, Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home & Dignity Memorial.

"And now, the end is near And so I face the final curtain, My friends, I'll say it clear I'll state my case of which I'm certain I've lived a life that's full I traveled each and every highway But more, much more than this I did it MY WAY"-Frank Sinatra


  • Robert Abel
  • William Abel
  • William David Abel
  • Edward Tolentino
  • Odell Wilson
  • Callen Gilbert
  • Phillip McDonnell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alex Alavarez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matthew Nix, Honorary Pallbearer (in abstencia)
  • Samuel Abel, Honorary Pallbearer (in abstencia)
  • Jeffery Hundley, Honorary Pallbearer (in abstencia)


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, July 25, 2020


Erman James "E.J." "Abe" Ables

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Sherrie Harrell

August 3, 2020

I have great memories of you and your family when we attended Crescent Heights together. I admired both of your parents. I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. May you and your family feel God’s peace and presence surrounding you in the days ahead. And may you be comforted by the fact that you will see him again.

Sherrie (Thomas) Harrell

Kelly Higgins Couch

July 30, 2020

Erman was a great man! I had the pleasure to meet him at HMC Pulmonary Rehab several years ago. So enjoyed his out look on life, listening about his military career, his truck driving adventures and especially the love for his family. Always looked forward to seeing him on his visits and missed him when he stayed home to care for his wife.
May peace and comfort be with his family and loved ones.
Kelly Higgins- Couch

Todd Ferguson

July 28, 2020

Dr. Nix and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May your father be rejoicing in the presence of God right now, and may you and your family know a deep sense of peace during your grief.
We love y'all,
Todd and Emma Ferguson

Everett Breland

July 25, 2020

To my dear uncle EJ, Rest In Peace and to my dear aunt Richeleen and cousins and
family, please accept my sincere condolences. My prayers are
with you.
Sincerely, Mildred’s oldest son,
Everett daughter Janine and wife Keeva.

Sylvia White

July 22, 2020

Though I did not know your dad, I wanted to send my condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sylvia White

Robert Abel

July 21, 2020

Rest in peace pops, I will miss our daily talk about sports ,weather and what each other has going on

You will be very much missed and remembered by the abel family here in San Antonio Texas

We Will Cherish the memory of you and one day we will see you on the other side

Love you Dad

Charlie Hanna

July 21, 2020

It is with great sorrow to read about the passing of my friend, EJ, I called him.
I offer my sincere Condolences, to Mrs. Ables, Robert, Christine, Linda, Barbara, and Billy, they was the most nicest and helpful neighbors a person could want. EJ was very helpful in my finding a decent job after I retired from the Air Force. He always had a kind word when we would talk. I haven't had much contact with him since I moved from across the street. I sincerely wish I had of, but now it's to late. I will sorely miss our conversations!

Teresa Vidaurri

July 21, 2020

Mr. Erman James may you rejoicing at our FATHER’S garden along side with him.
Will see you in heaven dancing and singing.

Will be dearly miss on earth.

Pam Smithgall

July 20, 2020

Linda & family,
I'm so sorry you lost your sweet Dad. I know how that hurts and I pray for peace over all of you right now. I'm sure I met him while we were in college together, but can't say I really knew him. There's so much good in you, I know he had a part in that so that makes me smile to know that about him. Hugs to you!

Karman Abel

July 20, 2020

The Absolute best Father-In-Law a girl could ever dream of! I love you and will miss you forever💙


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