Scott Thomas Abelson

November 1, 1961December 9, 2013

Scott Abelson, 52, of Aspen Street, Greeneville, passed away early Monday morning at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was born Nov. 1, 1961, to Lloyd and Milly Abelson in Middlesboro, Ky.

Scott graduated from Greeneville High School in 1980.

He worked for Doehler-Jarvis until the plant closed. He then learned the trade of brick laying. Scott also had a passion for woodworking, inherited from his grandfather, Henry Swenstad of Odin, Minn. He was an avid gardener and outdoorsman. He enjoyed nothing better than spending time on the Nolichucky River with his son Aaron. Survivors include his son: Aaron, and mother, Milly: of Greeneville; a sister: Diane, and her husband, Joe Matherne, of Saudi Arabia; a brother: Alan Abelson of Greeneville; a sister: Julie Rudder and her husband, Tim Rudder, of Norris; a brother: Mark and his wife, Kim Abelson of Greeneville; a sister: Gail and her husband, Bert Crowell, of Townville, S.C., his nephews: Paul Matherne and Ty and Justin Rudder; and his nieces: Leah Matherne and Hannah Abelson. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Abelson.

The family will receive friends from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. The family expressed a thank you to all the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers who tended to Scott these many months.


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October 19, 2014

I was so saddened by the loss of such a good friend, we were neighbors and good friends in the late 80's and early 90's. I, too, have many fond memories, doing the river, camping at Horse Creek, taking the kids to Kinser Park's old waterslide, and sledding (careening)down Monument Hill. I will always remember, his funloving nature and kindness. My sincerest condolences go to Aaron and his family. Rest in Peace my friend.

December 21, 2013

So sad about Scott. He was a good friend. Kathy Runyon

Chris (Reaves) Holland

December 13, 2013

Tonight I was blessed with the opportunity to say good bye to Scott, and to share this moment with his family and friends. Tim did an amazing job capturing the Scott that I remember so well. I spent many summers at Forest Park Pool, and Scott made them both fun and interesting, to say the least. We not only would watch him dive off of Hammerhead, you always heard him as well. Anywhere Scott was, he was making people happy. He loved life and made sure that everyone he was around was loving it with him. When I think of Scott, my heart smiles. Growing up with Abe made my youth a happier one. He will be greatly missed, and always loved. My prayers are with his family as they begin to experience life without Scott and his endless joy and laughter.

M/M James Gregory

December 12, 2013

We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Your family is in our prayers. God bless.

neal devoti

December 12, 2013

I remember the winters! Me Scott Kevin Hartman sledding on moment summers at forest park pool!
And of course the optimist eagles! He will be miss always a smile ! Neal devoti

Judy Bowman

December 12, 2013

Scott was such a sweet and caren person in scholl rip my friend

Bill and Barbara Kiser

December 11, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss and we hope that you can be comforted by the knowledge that Scott is no longer in pain. God be with you.