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Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA

OBITUARY

Todd Marshall Abell

July 22, 1967June 3, 2020

Todd Marshall Abell, 52 of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, formerly of Crozet, Amherst, and Lynchburg, joined his father, Percy Marshall Abell in heaven on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 following a brief illness.

In addition to his father, Percy, he was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Mary Jane Kirby Parrish and Hazel Marshall Abell; his grandfather, Filmore Gentry Lamb; and 2 aunts, Mary Ellen Abell Wyers and Gloria Lamb Baber.

Survived by his beloved daughter Katherine Marshall Abell; loving mother Rebecca Abell Yancey and Stepfather LeRoy Yancey; grandfather, Cecil Parrish; 2 brothers Percy (Amy) and Scott (Crissie); nieces and nephews, Shawn (Randi), Porter, Kelsey, Emily, and a great-niece Paisley; 2 stepbrothers, Troy Yancey and Brandon Yancey; and a step-sister Tara Yancey Harrison. Todd is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Todd was a loving father, son, and brother. He was a friend to many and never met a stranger. Todd grew up with God as the center of the home and has been a lifelong believer of Christ. He was a proud 1989 Lynchburg College (University of Lynchburg) graduate and member of the LC Athletic Hall of Fame. A four- year starter Todd received the Athlete of the Year Award as a Junior and went on to be drafted by the Texas Rangers. He spent two years in the Rangers farm system. His love of athletics led him into a career as a golf professional, earning his PGA card was a defining and very proud accomplishment for Todd and his family. Todd went on to share his love of sports by teaching and coaching baseball in the Central Virginia area over 20 years. Most recently, Todd realized a lifelong dream of living at the beach. He spent the last four years in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Family gatherings and golf outings with his brothers were some of his favorite things that were never complete without discussing childhood memories and some friendly competitive banter with his brothers.

Always a proud father of his beautiful daughter Katie who recently celebrated her graduation from James Madison University and her successful employment at OrthoVirginia.

His family is heartbroken with their loss; he will be missed greatly and will live on through his family.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Eric Allen

July 8, 2020

So saddened to hear of Todd's passing. He was my first friend at Henley as we played for the Cardinals football team together. So many great memories of him. Those of us that went to school with him remember his athleticism which always lifted him into leadership roles. He was perfect for these because he always had a smile and a kind word of encouragement to offer, what a great example he set for us.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Abell family.

Jon and Allegra Hitchcocj

July 6, 2020

Dear Becky, Percy,Scott and all family members, Jon and I ,too, echo the sentiments of many here. We extend to you our love and prayers during this difficult time of grief. We saw Todd and his brothers grow from boys to men from KOA days. Blessed to have heard the news of their many successes. Never got to see Todd in action , but knew of his many victories. I know he loved family celebrations of all types. He will be missed by all. May You All Feel the Comfort of our Father's Presence as you look to Him in the difficult hours. Love you all.

Maureen Hegarty

June 14, 2020


I met Todd when I was a newcomer to Crozet Elementary School in fourth grade. Todd, a charismatic and kind boy stole my heart instantly.  I secretly swooned over him and asked the Lord several times if He would see to it to influence Todd's heart toward me. That did not happen but there was a moment of walking down the aisle with Todd so to speak and for me at 11 years old, it was blissful. 

It was June 9th 1978. It was the last day of school and we were having an end of year assembly. I looked across the great hall and saw my wonderful mother standing in the crowd. I was surprised to see her as not many other patents were there but it was her birthday and I thought maybe we were going out together afterward to celebrate and didn't think much more about it. 

A few minutes later Mr Witt , our beloved principal and Ms Woodward our also beloved teacher stood on the platform and ask for our attention while they made an announcement. 

 "Would Todd Abell and Maureen Hegarty please come forward to receive The Daughter's Of The American Revolution Award for good citizenship. I was shocked.  You would have thought I was getting crowned queen while Todd was getting crowned king. I actually cried! And if for only a brief moment, walking down that little aisle, side by side with Todd I felt joined to him. 

As years went by Todd and I didn't have much interaction but I always held that moment in my heart as one of my most delightful, purely joy filled moments, one that I will forever cherish. 

I trust that Our Dear Lord and Savior has Todd with him in His Heavenly Kingdom where one day we will all meet again.

God bless you Abell family. 


Chris Ferguson

June 8, 2020

Percy, Scott, and Family

I was deeply saddened to learn of Todd's passing. I have many great memories of either competing against Todd (Peachtree) or with Todd in football and baseball (WAHS). You always wanted to be on Todd's team. He was a great friend and will be missed.

He's at home now.

Chris Ferguson

Robert Kennedy

June 8, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during these times of grieve and pain .. Life is so precious .... to lose it to a child
must be terrible ... but, to know that Todd is with such a wonderful
family in heaven can give all that have lost him here great joy for
special memories . May God bless you and know that we all care!
Robert and Paul

Brian Thompson

June 7, 2020

So sorry to hear of Todd’s passing. I remember playing base ball with him as a child. Blessings to you!

Donna Swingler

June 7, 2020

Percy and Abell family,
Many prayers for you during this time. Todd was such a fun loving guy and could always make you laugh. He will always be in your hearts.

Tim Walkup

June 6, 2020

Percy, Scott and Family,

Very sorry to hear of Todd’s passing. I have many great memories of playing sports with him starting in elementary school through high school. He was a great friend and will be missed.

Tim Walkup

Carrie Hayes

June 6, 2020

Becky, Percy, Scott, Katie and family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Todd as a warm, welcoming person. He's home with Marshall now.

Much love,

Carrie Hayes

Tara Ranson

June 6, 2020

We are so sad for the the entire Abell family in the loss of Todd. We feel blessed to have known Todd through baseball at LC, and our sons share our grief in his untimely passing, and send our heartfelt condolences to all who loved him.
He is safe in the arms of the Lord.

The Ranson Family

FROM THE FAMILY