William John Hamilton Abey Jr.

July 14, 1931May 29, 2014
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William John Hamilton Abey, Jr., 82, of New Bern, died May 29, 2014 at home.

He was born on July 14, 1931 in Trenton, New Jersey and attended local schools including Lawrenceville and Pennington Prep. He attended Franklin and Marshall College and Rutgers. Mr. Abey served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and he was stationed on the Navy hospital ship, the Consolation from 1952 – 1954. He became a banker for New Jersey National Bank and married Barbara Leigh in 1956. After living in Pennington for 60 years, he and Barbara moved to New Bern, NC in 1992 where he enjoyed golfing, fishing and woodworking. After retirement he ran an antique business with his son Leigh.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, two sons, William J.H. Abey, III and wife Marcia Williamson, J. Leigh Abey and wife Linda Smith, five grandchildren, Allison Kimberly Abey, Daniel William Abey, James Leigh Abey, Jr., Kenneth David Abey and Haleigh Jean Abey.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 7, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church of New Bern.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church for their building fund 400 New St., New Bern, NC 28560 or to the American Cancer Society 920 B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 7, 2014

William John Hamilton Abey Jr.

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June 12, 2014

May the memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you always.

C Johnson

John Wiltrout

May 31, 2014

What a super person! Nuff said. Our thoughts and prayers with Barb & Family