Richard Abts

September 10, 1935January 6, 2019
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CROPWELL – Memorial Service for Richard Abts, age 83, will be held Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Kilgroe Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Abts passed away January 6, 2019. He served in the National Guard for 9 years. Retired from Local 48 Sheet Metal Local. He loved his family and friends and Alabama Football. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Abts; grandson, Nick Hollis; great-granddaughter, Katherine Hollis; daughter-in-law, Meagan Hollis; sons, Ty & Todd Abts; step-daughter, Djuna Hollis; brothers, Earl & Joe Abts; many nieces & nephews; exended family, David & LeAnne Naman, Emily, Laura & Anna Naman, Gene & Glenda Cooke. Condolences may be offered to the Abts family online at Kilgroe Funeral Home – Pell City will direct the service


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Brenda McKay

January 16, 2019

Richard, you will be missed by many. I remember the fun you, Shirley, Harvey and I had bowling, well Wii bowling, that was the easy way. You were able to help talk Harvey into going on his first cruise, and he enjoyed it . Thank you and Shirley for that. Rest well now Richard, I hope Harvey met you there and y'all are catching up on all the gossip.

Butch Brown

January 15, 2019

I have known Richard for probably 40 odd years.
He was always an honest and honorable man.
I’ll miss us teasing each other every time we met
RIP my friend.

Sheilah Nelson

January 13, 2019

I loved Richard - he introduced me to the man I married Bobby and then Bobby and I were going on a trip to Cozumel and Bobby asked Richard to go - he was at our house and -he said he would if he had a girl FRIEND that wanted to go and not be clingy and pay their own way and be independent but enjoy dinner, dancing, etc. and just want to have fun since it was several couples - and I went to work the next day and asked Shirley to go - and she said she would if she had a boy FRIEND that wouldn't be clingy and want to have fun and pay their own way and be independent but enjoy doing the couple things - dinner, sightseeing, dancing, etc. I'm like - yikes - Richard smokes, drinks. hangs out at bars and Shirley does none of this - so complete opposites - but they both want to go - so we invited them to meet at our house to meet each other for the first time and talk about trip - Bobby asked me later that night - "what is going on? They are acting like they are crazy about each other - and I said "Yes" I think so too! This was about 2 hours after they when it's meant to be - it is....No one was expecting this and they married 1 month after Bobby and I married in 1987....and the rest is a history of fun times and many trips and lots of laughs. Could share so many memories but will say they are memories I hold close to my heart. He will truly be missed and he was a awesome person I got to call my friend. My heart is so heavy today for Shirley, Nick and family and friends that all loved him too....

Djuna Hollis

January 13, 2019

Rich you were like a father to me and an awesome pawpaw to my son. We love you and miss you already. Fly with the angels Richard. Remembering great times at Disney World and on the pontoon. That trip to St. Thomas was one to remember for sure. You, Todd, & Ty arguing with the taxi driver. Words can not express how loved I felt when you drug me across highway 78 for my own good. I still have a scar on my hand from the fight I put up. You were trying to save me from myself. Thank you Richard for all you did for me and my son. My son carries your name. The reason I named my son William Nicholas was because of you Richard Nicholas Abts. You were quite a man. You loved my mom and made her happy and for that I am eternally greatful. I was blessed to have known you.

Jakie Lowery

January 10, 2019

In the mid-60s Jan and I had little $$ available and our air-conditioner went out in middle of summer! I remembered that Richard knew that stuff and I called him. He came right over and determined it was a minor problem and said he would fix it, if I bought the beer. I agreed but, wished I had called a professional. . . that 45 minute minor repair took Richard 3 days and cost me 4 cases beer!!! In "his day" Richard was the Man - he will be missed by many! REST IN PEACE