Coach John Gaston “Johnny” Abbott, 67, of Tifton died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. The Rev. Brantley Seymour will officiate and eulogies will be given by William Arnold and Rusty Smith. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery.
Rusty Smith, Stacey Duckworth, Walter Burgess, Joel Carpenter, Bryce Abbott, Will Arnold and Mike Ellis will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the congregation of Vanceville Congregational Christian Church.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.
Coach Abbott was born on Sept. 2, 1946 in Tift County and was the son of the Rev. Robert Henry Abbott and Frances Lieupo Abbott, both deceased. He retired after many years as a coach and teacher at Eighth Street Middle School, as well as other schools, including Tiftarea Academy. The Johnny Abbott Award is presented in his honor each year to an athletic student at Eighth Street Middle School. He was a member of Vanceville Congregational Christian Church.
Coach Abbott is survived by his wife, Jackie Park Abbott of Tifton; a son and daughter-in-law, Brett and Daphne Abbott of Tifton; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and William Arnold of Tifton; three brothers, Robert Henry “Bobby” Jr. and Gloria Abbott of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jack and Joyce Abbott of Tifton and Bill Abbott of Tifton; and five grandchildren, Will Arnold, Katie Arnold, Lauren Abbott, Layton Abbott and Ryder Abbott.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com.
Services for the Abbott family are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.