Col. Abbott Clifton Weatherly US Army Retired

January 29, 1916December 22, 2013
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Col. Abbott Clifton Weatherly Sr., 97, of New Bern, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

He was one of four sons raised by the late Jordan and Boquet Weatherly. Born on January 29, 1916, Abbott graduated from the New Bern school system in 1935. He married the late Margaret Paul in 1939. Following high school, Abbott received an athletic scholarship to play quarterback for North Carolina State University. Despite his scholarship, an enrollment fee of $100 was required for admission. Given the economy at the time, few could afford $100 therefore he chose to enlist in the military and enrolled with the National Guard armory. In September 1940, he was called into the active army and in 1944 he was sent abroad to serve. The 113th artillery saw its first action at the invasion of Normandy. Abbott saw combat at the Battle of St. Lo, won three bronze stars in the Battle of Mortain, and his unit was an essential part of the Battle of the Bulge. Following WWII Abbott was highly involved with the US nuclear program. Abbott retired a highly decorated bird Colonel in 1969. Following his military career he was employed by Branch Banking and Trust at New Bern, NC until his retirement.

Abbott was a member of Broad St. Christian Church, New Bern Civitan Club, and was president of New Bern Golf and Country Club.

Abbott is survived by his brother Marvin; sister in law Zelma Peters; two sons, Abbott Jr. and John; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

The Funeral will be held at Broad St. Christian Church at 12pm Saturday. Entombment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 28, 2013

Col. Abbott Clifton Weatherly US Army Retired

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Lew Adams

January 18, 2015

Any family member or someone with a contact to a family member - please send me an email.
Thank you,
Lew Adams
30th Infantry Historical Documentary

Lew adams

April 26, 2014

Anyone who knows how we could contact a member of Mr. Weatherly's family - please contact me. Last time I spoke with Abbott he was at or with his grand daughter.
Lew Adams
Heroes of Old Hickory

lew adams

April 26, 2014

Dear family and friends,
We had the great honor of meeting and recording Col. Weatherly during a 30th Infantry Division reunion, in NC, in 2006. His son drove him over to our location so we could record his war recollections, to be used in the documentary we are creating about the Old Hickory Division. Amazingly, we had been searching for some time for one of the artillery men who directed fire to save the "lost battalion" surrounded atop Hill 314 during the battle of Motain, France. During the battle he remembered talking on the radio to the forward observers who called in their sightings. He always wondered who those men were? We had previously located one of the observers and wanted for them to meet, but found that impossible.
The observer who survived Hill 314 - gave credit to the accurate artillery that kept the men alive. Col Weatherly, then a battery commander for the 230th was that man!
A true hero by any measure.
We are approaching the completion of "Heroes of Old Hickory this year. According to plans, Mr. Weatherly will be included
in the film.
We were all so sad to learn this news. Our thoughts are with his family. We are trying to locate some of his family now for a few photos of Abbott.
Please feel free to contact us.
Lew Adams and crew

Barbara Shrader Rohrer

February 16, 2014

I recently found a dog tag in my long stored boxes belonging to Abbott C. Weatherly O-401602 T41-42 A
He and his wife lived in our home while he was stationed at Camp Atterbury in the 1940s. Am interested in getting it where it belongs. Email me at with contact information if he is the one..

Ed Ray

December 30, 2013

I enjoyed working with Abbott at BB&T and working with him on golf outings. We had many good times together. So, sorry to hear about his passing.. He shall be missed by all. What good times and thoughts he leaves us all.
Ed & Dale Ray ( Surf City,NC)

Tom Braaten

December 30, 2013

Abbott was truly one of the fine members of the "Greatest Generation." His service during WWII was remarkable. His devotion to his God, country, and family was evident in all that he did. It was an honor to know him. We will all miss Abbott, but we will savor the fine memories.

Frank Jackson

December 27, 2013

We pray that God will give comfort to you all during this time of loss. May God bless you with His peace.

Bill Baldree

December 26, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this trying time. It was good that our paths crossed through Civitan. May the peace of God comfort you. He will be greatly missed. What a great man!!