Michael Donald Abney

November 26, 1935June 9, 2014

Michael Donald Abney (Mike) died peacefully at home on Monday, June 9th, 2014.Mike was born in Jacksonville on November 26th, 1935, and lived there most of his life. Mike graduated from Landon High School in 1953 and from the University of Florida in 1957 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, receiving his CPA certificate in 1958. He was a partner in the international accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) for 30 years, the last 17 years as managing partner of the firm’s Jacksonville office. At the time of his retirement from public accounting in 1992, he had helped to build C&L into one of the largest CPA offices in the Southeast. In 1992 Mike began his second career with the MPS Group (originally Accustaff, Inc.) as Chief Financial Officer, becoming Senior Vice President in 1998, and a member of the Board of Directors in 2000. He was known widely as a brilliant financial mind and a man that stood for and lived by the highest ethical standard. Mike served in a Board of Directors’ role and shaped many civic and educational organizations, including Episcopal High School (named Honorary Trustee in 2013), Episcopal High School Foundation Board, The Fisher School of Accounting Advisory Board (UF), The Warrington College of Business Administration (Original Steering Committee Member) (UF), Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Baptist Hospital Foundation, Jacksonville Zoological Society, Jacksonville Symphony, Inroads Jacksonville, Young Life, St. Mark’s and St. Peters Episcopal churches, and many more. He was proud of his memberships in his favorite organizations, including the Kappa Alpha Order, Beta Alpha Psi, University of Florida Alumni Association (lifetime member), American Institute of Public Accountants (lifetime member), Florida Institute of Public Accountants (lifetime member), the Meninak Club of Jacksonville, and Bull Gators (UF). He enjoyed memberships at Timuquana Country Club, The Florida Yacht Club, The River Club, The Ponte Vedra Club, The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach, and The Cullasaja Club (Highlands, NC). Mike was predeceased by his father, Charles L. Abney and his mother, Minna S. Abney. Mike is survived by his loving wife Joy; his three sons, Michael, Jr. (Kimberly), Ted (LaRae), and David (Hayley); his five grandchildren, Michael III, Lindsey, Logan, Houston, and Hart; his brother Charles L. Abney Jr. (Harvie), his niece Caroline, his nephew Charles L. Abney III (Kristie); his father-in-law Joseph F. Mikulas and sister-in-law Julie M. Catlin (Hal); his nephews Hampton Catlin (Michael) and Davis Catlin (Shea); and numerous dear friends. Mike’s major life interests have been his faith, his family, his career, The University of Florida (Gator Football), and Episcopal High School. He loved the church and his relationship with Jesus, golf with his friends, being in the mountains with Joy and his family, and advising and encouraging the people he held dear. A Memorial Service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, 4510 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, Florida 32082. In lieu of flowers Mike requested donations be made to Christ Church InTown (PCA), Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, The Episcopal School of Jacksonville, and the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida. HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Boulevard is serving the family.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 13, 2014

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linda white

July 11, 2014

May God keep you in His care

Deborah Curry

June 17, 2014

The staff and members of the FICPA extend our sincere sympathy to all of Mike's family members. May your memories of the joys in his life bring you peace and comfort. Deborah Curry, CEO of FICPA

June 15, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Abney's passing. What a great man! I'm thinking of all you Abney's right now and wishing you well. Much love, Raymur Rachels

Karen & Ned Becker

June 14, 2014

We remember Mike well from our days at Episcopal--what a brilliant, giving, compassionate man he was! We send our love & prayers to Joy & the whole family during this time of loss.

Tawana Wagner

June 14, 2014

Ted, Mike, Joy - you have an amazing angel looking over you now. Amazing man, father, husband, and mentor. Daddy Abney will be missed, our love and warm thoughts to you and your family. John and Tawana

Terry Humber

June 13, 2014

Joy - Mike was a great partner to all of us at Coopers & Lybrand and a man of integrity and professionalism. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

June 13, 2014

Our sincere symathies to you and your family.
Henry and Madeleine Beckwith

June 12, 2014

Mike hired me 44 years ago as I was getting out of the military. I owe so much to him. He was a class act.

Jim Linkenauger

June 12, 2014

I babysat for Michael and Ted when they were small boys in Avondale. Mike was always so kind and caring and a wonderful neighbor. May God bless your family during this time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Carol (Chitty) Pate

Sam Coleman

June 12, 2014

Joy, may The Lord continue to bring sweet comfort to your family. I'm grateful for what you and Mike have meant to me over the years after our connecting through Young Life. I know he'll be missed.