Vance Bill Jasper Abel

August 22, 1924May 29, 2011

Vance Jasper “Bill” Abel, 86, died Sunday, May 29, 2011 in Lenoir, NC.

Born in Laurel Bloomery, TN, he was the son of the late Henry Abel and Lizzie Gentry Abel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence and Hubert Abel and a sister, Zina Gladys Abel Harris.

Mr. Abel served his county in the U. S. Army during WWII. He was retired from Singer and Broyhill Furniture. Mr. Abel was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his sister, Lena Houck of Lenoir. He deeply cherished the many friendships he made in Lenoir, NC and Sugar Creek, TN. He will be greatly missed by his family and special friends. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Gateway Nursing Home and Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Pendry’s Funeral Home in Lenoir. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with Reverend Arvie Houck and Mr. David Harris officiating.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Vance Bill Jasper Abel

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Charlie & Ruth Martin

June 1, 2011

The Rock School alumini are heart broken to hear that Bill had died. He was a staunch supporter of our news letter and looked forward to it. Bill was a very unique individual no sadness around him.
The School gathering will surely miss him.
Memories of Bill will linger for a long time.

Thelma Chester

May 31, 2011

Mr. Abel meant so much to my husband, Andrew Chester, and myself during our many days at Gateway. He was such an inspiration to me and I stopped by each time I went to Gateway to visit my husband. He always had a smile for me and such a good outlook on life. I missed him so much after Andy passed away but called to check on him several times. He will be greatly missed.

Andrea Lovins

May 31, 2011

To the family of Mr. Abel we would like to express our deepest sympathy. Mr. Abel was across the hall from my father, Andrew Chester, at Gateway and my mother, Thelma Chester and I would see him almost everyday when we visited my father. My father passed in mid April and we have not had the strength to return to Gateway as it is so hard emotionally to return so soon. However, we have often thought of Mr. Abel and how much we miss him. He was always so pleasant to be around and had the best outlook on life. He was a true inspiration to us. We will miss him greatly. You have our sincere condolances and we will keep you in our prayers.

Sherry Houck Peacock

May 31, 2011

A special memory I have of Uncle Bill, is how he used to come visit us when I was a little girl. He would always ask, "Are you married yet?" I thought it was the funniest thing for him to ask that! Uncle Bill was a sweet man, and I always looked forward to going to see him at his apartment, (up those big stairs). Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Although it is sad that he is gone, it is also occasion to rejoice, since he is now happy and well in his eternal home! With love & sweet memories, Sherry "Houck" Peacock & Family.

May 31, 2011

Everyone at Lenoir Housing Authority will miss Mr. Abel. Hewas a resident of ours for a long time. He had a sweet personality.
Lenoir Housing Authority Staff

Pat Greer

May 30, 2011

Family,I will never forget Vance .He was such a wonderful person.I enjoyed talking with him at Gateway .I will miss his sweet smile and loving ways.We know he is in a far better place .To his family that came and sit with him I want to thank you .God bless each and everyone. love in Christ Pat Greer