John Benjamin Abbott

May 16, 1912February 19, 2012

John B. Abbott, 99, of El Dorado, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. He was born May 16, 1912, to Thomas Christopher and Mina Miller Abbott in El Dorado.

John attended the University of Illinois and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He worked for Lion Oil several years before starting his own architectural firm in 1936, which is still in business today as CADM. He was of the Methodist faith. He remained active in the El Dorado Kiwanis and the South Arkansas Historical Foundation until his death.

Preceding him in death are his parents; wife, Alice Grayson Abbott; two sisters, Mina Abbott and Edith Danner.

Survivors include his son, John C. Abbott, Sr. (Charlotte); granddaughter, Alice Abbott (Rudy Buckman); grandson, John C. Abbott, Jr. (Katrina) all of El Dorado; five great grandchildren, Ben Abbott, Abby Abbott, Zach Abbott, Thomas Buckman of El Dorado, and Jonathan Buckman of New York City, NY; and one sister, Jane Prosper of Spearfish, SD.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Young’s.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Young’s Chapel with Mary Susan Hilliard officiating. Burial will follow at Stephens Cemetery in Stephens, AR, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are the Coffee Gang at La Bella’s. Memorials may be made to the El Dorado Kiwanis Club 314 East Oak, El Dorado, AR 71730 or South Arkansas Historical Foundation PO Box 144, El Dorado, AR 71731.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, February 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 23, 2012

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March 16, 2012

"Mr. Abbott our next door neighbor" for 26 years was quite an active person and we have many fond memories of him and his wife. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family as you remember his long life.
Charles and Dolores Tant
Chattanooga Area

Danny Noneaker

February 25, 2012

It was a great privilege for me to get to know Mr. Abbott over the past ten years at the Abbott Reunions in Alabama. His enthusiasm and commitment to family history, as well as his friendly, outgoing, and gracious personality, were always highlights of the event. It was an honor to be able to claim Mr. Abbott as a wise elder of our extended family. I send my heart-felt sympathies to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

February 23, 2012

Prayers for the Abbott Family.

Janace McCollum

Irene (Abbott) Gardner

February 23, 2012

I have worked with Mr John on Abbott family history for approximately twenty
years. I always enjoyed my association
with him, as he was not only very knowledgable, but very witty, and with all a very sweet man. My sympathies
are with his family at this sad time.

Greg & Susan N Blake

February 23, 2012

Our sympathy to Mr John's family. We always enjoyed seeing at the Labor Day
reunions. We also appreciated his vast
knowledge of family history.

Dan and Mary Noneaker

February 23, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. We always enjoyed Mr "Arkansas" John's wit and knowledge at the Labor Day reunions. He was a special man and a blessing to know.

Tracye Howse-Summerville

February 23, 2012

Dear Abbott Family
You have my deepest sympathy, Mr Abbott will truely be missed, I enjoyed talking with him when he would sit in the yard and water. he was so thrilled with the sprinkler system,it was also so nice to have someone that knew the details of my home being built and when things were added. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

J. Parks Hammond

February 23, 2012

Thank you for your guidance in my career. You were a good, honest friend and mentor.
Mabel and I are praying for you and your family. Due to Mabel's health, we will not be able to attend your service.
J. Parks Hammond and Mabel Hammond

Katrina Gosdin Kuhn

February 23, 2012

Much love to all of you. So blessed to have such fond memories of your wonderful family. You are all so very special to me. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Katrina

Bob & Jacki Prosper

February 23, 2012

Johnny, Charlotte, John C., Alice Ann and families, Our love to all of you--we prayed for peace for you at our bible study tonight. Uncle John was always very special to me. I always admired him and am grateful for the two trips we got to make to see you in recent years. We were tentatively planning a trip this May to attend the 100th birthday celebation. A recent memory that is special to me happened last spring at one of my son John's soccer games. At halftime I called Uncle John because I had a question about something I had read in a book he had sent to Mom. 40 minutes later, I had learned more than I would have imagined and he took the time to mail me a copy of that book and some other materials! He was an amazing man! God bless you all!