John Arthur Abbott, 60, of Madison, Fla., died Saturday, March 10 at his home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Memorial services will be held 2pm Saturday March 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Madison.
John Arthur Abbott was born March 30, 1951 in Vienna, Georgia, the fifth of six children born to Louie Edward Abbott and Bessie Lucille Sandefur. John attended Madison High School, and afterward entered the United States Navy, where he hoped to learn airplane mechanics. John was honorably discharged in 1975, and took up work doing carpentry and maintenance. John was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and bicycling, and spent his last years in Jacksonville Beach.
He is survived by his son: Daniel Abbott of Oakland, CA; daughter: Ashley Abbott of Colorado; 2 granddaughters: Katherine and Karen Freehling of Colorado; his sisters: Sandy Branam of Valdosta, Georgia, Brenda Croft of Live Oak, Florida and Sheila Anderson of Blue Ridge, Georgia; brother: Larry Abbott of Vienna, Georgia, Uncle and Aunt, Jimmy and Dot Abbott of Madison, Florida and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother Bobby.