OBITUARY

Doyle E. Abbott

September 14, 1927July 15, 2011

Doyle E. Abbott

A man beloved by his many friends and family members gave up his fight against cancer on Friday morning July 15, 2011. He was born in Wachula, FL on Sept. 14, 1927. Starting from these roots in early rural Florida, his life grew and branched in many directions and left a mark on all those who came in contact with this memorable man. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1951 with a degree in Agricultural Economics, he was an avid Gator fan. He supported all UF sports, but especially loved Florida Gator Football and attended nearly all home games for many years. Doyle was a prominent member of the Florida agricultural community. From an early start citrus farming in his home community of Fort Green, he moved to large scale pineapple and vegetable farming in Delray. He continued serving the agricultural community working with Florida Extension Service in Homestead; and ultimately, his final career with Federal Land Bank of Columbia, South Carolina where he was Regional Vice-President for Florida until his retirement in 1986. Doyle loved growing tropical fruit and his home (fondly nicknamed Abbott Botanical Gardens) has been visited by multitudes of people who came to tour and sample his numerous varieties of tropical fruit. He was a founding member of Central Florida Tropical Fruit Club and many have benefitted from his knowledge and generosity in sharing tropical plants and fruit. Doyle served in the Merchant Marines during the later part of WW II and loved to share stories of his adventures and duties as a Fireman/Boiler Tender on a T2 Tanker and was an active member of the Rudy Kozak Merchant Marine Chapter in Sanford. Doyle is survived by his loving wife Lena Mae Abbott; his sons Hugh Abbott, Dennis Abbott and Victor Mallett; his daughter Vivian Pozo; daughter-in-law Robbin Abbott and son-in-law Joe Pozo. He was predeceased by son Eric Abbott. His always smiling demeanor earned him the name “Grin” Daddy and his wonderful bedtime stories are fondly remembered by grandchildren Jennifer Monath, Larissa DeDea, Brandon Abbott, Jarrett Abbott and his great-grandchildren Nicole and Tommy Hayduk. He also leaves behind brother Jerald Abbott, sister-in-law Jo Abbott and nephews Craig, Robert and Michael Abbott, all of Fort Green, FL. Celebration of Life will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Sunday July 17 at 3:00 PM. Doyle has requested donations to the American Cancer Society in his name in lieu of flowers.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Hugh Abbott

September 29, 2011

Hugh Abbott

September 29, 2011

ABBOTT, DOYLE E. -- ORIGINAL OBITUARY
A man beloved by his many friends and family members gave up his fight against cancer on Friday morning July 15, 2011. He was born in Wachula, FL on Sept. 14, 1927. Starting from these roots in early rural Florida, his life grew and branched in many directions and left a mark on all those who came in contact with this memorable man. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1951 with a degree in Agricultural Economics, he was an avid Gator fan. He supported all UF sports, but especially loved Florida Gator Football and attended nearly all home games for many years. Doyle was a prominent member of the Florida agricultural community. From an early start citrus farming in his home community of Fort Green, he moved to large scale pineapple and vegetable farming in Delray. He continued serving the agricultural community working with Florida Extension Service in Homestead; and ultimately, his final career with Federal Land Bank of Columbia, South Carolina where he was Regional Vice-President for Florida until his retirement in 1986. Doyle loved growing tropical fruit and his home (fondly nicknamed Abbott Botanical Gardens) has been visited by multitudes of people who came to tour and sample his numerous varieties of tropical fruit. He was a founding member of Central Florida Tropical Fruit Club and many have benefited from his knowledge and generosity in sharing tropical plants and fruit. Doyle served in the Merchant Marines during the later part of WW II and loved to share stories of his adventures and duties as a Fireman/Boiler Tender on a T2 Tanker and was an active member of the Rudy Kozak Merchant Marine Chapter in Sanford. Doyle is survived by his loving wife Lena Mae Abbott; his sons Hugh Abbott, Dennis Abbott and Victor Mallett; his daughter Vivian Pozo; daughter-in-law Robbin Abbott and son-in-law Joe Pozo. He was predeceased by son Eric Abbott. His always smiling demeanor earned him the name "Grin" Daddy and his wonderful bedtime stories are fondly remembered by grandchildren Jennifer Monath, Larissa DeDea, Brandon Abbott, Jarrett Abbott and his great-grandchildren Nicole and Tommy Hayduk. He also leaves behind brother Jerald Abbott, sister-in-law Jo Abbott and nephews Craig, Robert and Michael Abbott, all of Fort Green, FL. Celebration of Life will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Sunday July 17 at 3 p.m.

Michael Miller

July 24, 2011

He was a wonderful neighbor. Full of great stories, advice and a warm hello. The Miller family will miss him.

Mary Daugherty

July 21, 2011

My dearest A. Mae and family,

Although it's been way too many years since I have seen all of you, Uncle Doyle and the family have always held a special place in my heart. U. Doyle had a zest about him that made everyone feel welcomed and loved. Although this sad news hit hard, I hold on dearly to all the awesome memories from past days. I know he and mom (Leenoma Daugherty) are entertaining our heavenly father above and they're both at peace. It helps me to look for the brightest star at night and know that's their porch light reminding us they are home and that they are always there for us. My love and prayers are with you especially during this difficult time. I love you all.

Hugh Abbott

July 18, 2011

Ben Shaddrick

July 18, 2011

I wish I could say I've known you for years but it feels like I have. You are gone now but you will never be forgotten. I'm proud to say I knew you.
You will always be in my prayers. Ben

July 18, 2011

Maema and family, Felix, me and our kids send you all love. We are very sad about this, but he was in the heaven with all the angels and our Jesus.

We will do a celebration in his memory.
Love,
Roxana, Felix and family

July 18, 2011

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOUR NEPHEW MARK

andy scott

July 18, 2011

Doyle was a wonderful person. The quality I remember about him most was his quickness to smile and laugh. Doyle had a story for every occasion, and could find a way to relate to everyone. I am certain Doyle has left a lasting impression on ALL those he met. What he taught me most is that we have to try to enjoy every moment; something I once knew in my heart but seem to have forgotten over the years. I feel truly privileged and blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know Doyle. I will forever cherish the memories I have of him, wishing I had more, and I can only hope that when my time comes, that that I will leave half the impression that Doyle has. GooooOOOOO GATORS!

July 17, 2011

Alicia: The proudest thing that I can say is that I am your friend.

with sympathy and love, Miller