Thomas E. Abbott

Thomas E. Abbott

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Rockport, TX

Thomas E. Abbott

Thomas (Tom or Ed) E. Abbott passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 5, at his home in Rockport, TX, with his wife, Joyce by his side.

Tom was born in Carroll, Iowa, on April 25, 1943. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his 20 year career with the Air Force, he was stationed in Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, England, Okinawa, and Vietnam.

Tom married his wife, Joyce, on July 14, 1972, in Colfax, Illinois. They just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1981, Tom spent the next 13 years doing home remodeling, Service Department Manager (Amigo), Credit Reporting Manager (Equifax), and self employed as a consultant to small business owners for PC related issues. Tom and Joyce moved to Desoto, Texas, in 1991. Tom started his next career in 1994 with Lexis-Nexis in the PC related field, including support, software development and training. He retired for the second time in 2007.

Over the years Tom and Joyce shared many interests, including family time, yard work/landscaping, bass fishing, traveling, visiting and photographing lighthouses, and photography. Photography was his true passion and he loved to share his photography knowledge. When Joyce retired in 2009, they started spending the winter months in Rockport, Texas. Rockport is the ideal place for wildlife photography and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. They did this for several years and then decided it was time for a change. They had a short list, buy a motor home and become full timers or buy a home in Rockport. Rockport won. The big move was in July, 2017 and Hurricane Harvey welcomed them one month later. The past year was spent recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. There was little time for photographing the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We should have taken the time, but always thought there would be time tomorrow.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, son Mark, sisters Audrey Oatman and Lois Abbott, and brothers Gerry, D.Tom, and Terry. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Ethel Abbott, and brother-in-law Jack Oatman.

Tom was always a loving and giving person and was happiest when he was helping someone. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. The day after he passed, Joyce looked up at the morning sky and the large cumulus clouds were shaped like a pair of angel wings.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements entrusted to:
Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory
2003 W. Wheeler Ave.
Aransas Pass, Texas 78336


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  1. Chris Toufexis
    Hampshire, IL

    Tom and I roomed together at Sales Meetings when he worked at LexisNexis. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met.

    Tom was a very humble man – a warrior when the country needed him, a great consultant when his customers needed him, and a great friend when we needed him.
    He will be missed.

  2. Caryl (Bridges)Atkinson
    Cedar Park, TX

    So very sorry to here of your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    A classmate that missed the reunion as well!

  3. Sharon Reid
    Dickinson, TX

    Joyce, so sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy, keeping you in my thoughts. Cherish your wonderful life together. Hugs, Sharon

  4. Tina Abbott Bowerman
    Missouri Valley, IA

    Joyce and family: Tom Ed was such a caring and friendly person. He leaves a large void in the entire Abbott family. Please know we cry and grieve with you. He was one very kind man.

  5. Mary Ward Hollingsworth
    Fort Worth, TX

    I am sorry to hear about Tom's untimely death. My condolence to you and your family may God send you his blessing, love too help you through this time of sorrow.

  6. Susan Tolan
    Sandia park, NM

    Just know that I am always here for you and I just know that my John was there to meet Tom and also our parents. I’ll never forget when you and Tom opened your home to me and helped me be a better person. Tom was such a good person, always willing to help. Love, your sister Susan

  7. Babs & Phil Robinson
    Spokane, WA

    Uncle T
    So many memories with you and Joyce, especially in Albuquerque. Luminaries, Irish coffee, Blue corn chips, Hot air balloons, and most of all, creating fire from body gas!
    You had a full life, a wonderful partner to share it with and extended family that love and miss you. We will all keep an eye on Joyce❤️ Hugs

  8. Delano Petersen and Jan Norgaard
    Denison, IA

    Delano and I are so sorry to hear of your loss Joyce. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless!

  9. Tammy Berg
    Tomball, TX

    Tom was a great friend and mentor to me in his years at LexisNexis. He was the straight arrow I went to for any type of business or life advice. He was loved at LexisNexis by his teams and the customers respected his honesty and straightforward service. I knew him as a lover of lighthouses, photography, and his family, especially his wife, Joyce. The world was brighter with him in it and I know he will be missed by many.

  10. Carol and Richard Wayne
    DeSoto, TX

    Dear Joyce,
    We are so sorry to learn of Tom's death.. especially since you had so looked forward to living in Rockport. We have missed you both since you left DeSoto. I know you have a lifetime of good memories of trips and birding and photography. You will be in our prayers.
    Carol and Richard

  11. Marla Boteler Little
    Nashville, TN

    Joyce and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your recent loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. God Bless You and your Family.

  12. Gary and Barbara Ertl
    Janesville, WI

    We are saddened by the loss of this wonderful man, and we extend our deepest sympathies to you, Joyce. How special that you saw those angel wings! We will always enjoy memories of the wonderful times we shared and his unique spirit which will always be treasured.

  13. Steve, Norma and Lilyanna
    Grovetown, GA

    We will miss you Uncle Tom.

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