William "Buzz" Warren Abell III

April 1, 1947February 4, 2021

William “Buzz” Abell III, US Marine, father, golfer, and devoted husband, died on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at age 73. He was born April 1, 1947 in Mobile and raised in Homewood, AL until he left home to serve his country proudly in the US Marine Corp. After several trips around the world he made his home in Calera, AL.

William was an accomplished golfer at Thompson High School, and would go on to find success in the design and construction of golf courses around the world. He continued to compete at the highest levels of the game his entire life winning his last title at Timberline as the 2016 Member Champion.

William is preceded in death by his father, William W. Abell Jr. and his mother, Nell McKenzie Abell. He is survived by his loving wife, Laura and his sons, William W. Abell IV and Anthony Abell.

His brilliant mind and fierce determination will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on February 9, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Rockco Funeral Home, 3715 Highway 25, Montevallo, Alabama. Funeral Service will be held on February 10, 2021 at 11:00 am at Rockco Funeral Home. Burial will be held on February 10, 2021 at 1:15 pm at Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Highway 119, Montevallo, Alabama.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021


William "Buzz" Warren Abell III

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Janet Hall

February 7, 2021

My condolences and prayers to you Laura. Thank you for sharing with me the best news that he accepted Christ into his heart. God has wrapped Bill in His arms and Bill will forever be your angel. I lift you and your family up to Him that you will find peace knowing Bill is in a better place now.

Kathy and Kevin Wong

February 7, 2021

May the love of God give you some peace and comfort during this tragic time. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Dianne Hill

February 6, 2021

Laura we are so sorry to hear of your husbands passing just know he is no longer suffering we are praying for you and your family R.I.P. William God Bless Dianne and Family

Brenda Yeager

February 6, 2021

It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Abell for the past year. He will be missed very much!! I'm glad I got to know this wonderful family and can now call them my friends. Through all the love and sassiness they had for each other was heart warming and funny. Laura I pray God keeps his hands on you through this time of heartache. I love you my friend!

Laura Abell

February 6, 2021

My wonderful husband William W Abell III, We all miss you so much. However Anthony, Jennifer, Bill and I will be okay and make you proud. Rest in Peace my love. You are our guardian angel watching over us like you did here on earth.