July 29, 1919April 5, 2012

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Collier-Butler Chapel for Mrs. Lucile Garrard Abel, 92, of Glencoe, who passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012. Rev. Ben Edmondson officiating. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge.

Mrs. Abel was a life-long resident of Etowah County. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glencoe and was a substitute teacher for many years for the Etowah County School System.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Abel, Sr. , parents; John S. and Annie Belle Shoemaker-Garrard, brothers; Roy, Clyde, Van, F.M. and Johnny, sisters; Mary, Willie Mae, Madge and Joyce.

She is survived by her sons, Bill (Kaye) Abel, Jr. and Greg (Martha) Abel, daughter; Regina (Terry) Locklear, Grandchildren; Bill (Robin) Abel, III, Sue (Matt) Vavrock, Megan (Kirby) Martin, Gina Locklear, Emily (Jesse) Greening, great-grandchildren; Will, Eddie and Rosemary Abel, Ava and Zack Vavrock and Jack Lochlann McDowell, sisters; Katherine Garrett and Tommie Sue Givens, several nieces and nephews and special friends; Lurlene and Harold Smith and Jim Green.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to your favorite charity.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Paden Ridge Assisted Living, Dr. Courtney Lowe and to the 6th floor staff of Gadsden Regional Medical Center.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday. Condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Saturday, April 7, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 7, 2012


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Terry Jennings

April 8, 2012

My thoughts are with your entire family. Ms Terry Jennings.

Linda Payne

April 7, 2012

To each of my Cousins Bill Jr. , Regina & Greg , I can not imagine the hurt and emptiness you feel in your heart at this time. But you and I know your Mother is happy in the Arms of Jesus , no more pains or sorrow. She is there with your Daddy and all the rest of our Family Rejoicing. We all will be there with them soon to have the Grandest Home Coming we have ever had. May God Comfort each of you during your time of Grief. But remember you will always have your Memories to Cherish each day. My Love & Prayers to each of you. Cousin Linda

Joan Smith Naster

April 7, 2012

Bill & Kay, Greg & Martha, Regina & Family,
My heart and prayers are with you. Lucille was a wonderful person, and our family loved her through the years. She is now in heaven with my mother Mariette who recently passed and who also loved her. Of course, Bill Sr. and my dad W. A. are also there and lots of other family members too. Hope they save us all a place there with them when our time comes! May God bless you and give you peace. Love, Joan Smith Naster

April 7, 2012

Greg and Martha, I was so sorry to read about your Mother's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sandra and Ray Miller

Dianne Rudd-Jones

April 7, 2012

Greg and Martha, We want to extend our condolences on the loss of Mrs.Abel. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. I know she was a wonderful lady and a great teacher, even though I was never in one of her classes.Greg, she raised a fine son in you, and that alone speaks of her love and dedication to her family.God bless you and give you peace in knowing she had a long, happy life, and that she is in a place more wonderful than we can imagine.
Much love, Wayne and Dianne Rudd Jones

Rhona Hood

April 6, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember her as a very lovely lady. She was always smiling and happy. Love to you all. Karl, Rhona and Matt Hood

Wesley n Randa Tarrance

April 6, 2012

We are sorry to hear of your families loss.You are in our prayers.

Willie Mae Russell

April 6, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Mick n Pam Hutt

April 6, 2012

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Johnny n Julia Kell

April 6, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in your time of grief.May your memories bring you comfort in the days to come.