Marshall Maitland Abell

Born: Fri., Apr. 8, 1927
Died: Wed., Jun. 8, 2011

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Marshall Maitland Abell, age 84, of Greensboro, GA died on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Saint Joseph''s At East Georgia in Greensboro, Georgia. Mr. Abell was born April 8, 1927 in Willington, Hartford County, Connecticut to the late Frederick Maitland Abell and Mildred Amidon Abell. He graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut earning a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Art degrees. He attended Faulkner State, Springhill College and the University of Alabama for post graduate work and certification as a School Superintendent. He taught for four years in Connecticut before becoming a Headmaster at Asheville Country Day in Asheville, North Carolina for twenty-one years and then Bayside Academy in Daphne, Alabama for six years. For three years he was interim headmaster, one year at Santa Fe Preparatory School in New Mexico and two years at St. James Episcopal School in Texas. For the next six years he was headmaster of Victoria Episcopal School in Texas and then retired in 1997 from Nathanael Greene Academy after being headmaster for three and a half years. For a while he was the owner and printer of Insty Prints. Mr. Abell served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He was an active and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro and in the past had served as moderator of First Congregation Church in Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Abell was a member of the Pen and Plate Club, the Mayflower Society, the Rotary Club, board member of Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools and was in the United States Navy Reserves.

In addition to his wife, Jean Campbell Abell of Greensboro, GA, he is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Wright of Horse Shoe, North Carolina; four sons, Christopher "Chris" Abell and Timothy "Tim" Abell, both of Asheville, North Carolina, Benjamin Abell of Baltimore, Maryland and Theodore "Ted" Abell of Yadkinville, North Carolina; a sister, Carol Gifford of Tucson, Arizona; ten grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one great grandchild; and numerous other relatives and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 12 noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, Georgia 30642 with Dr. James Choomack officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Zippy Duvall, Lee Rhodes, Al Dickerman, Ricky Moore, and Mark Higdon. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Crumbley, Mutt Rhodes, Greg Stewart, Alan Webb and Dick Schmidt. The Family requests that any memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Restoration Fund, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit to sign the online guest register.

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Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Jean, so sorry for the loss of Mr. Abell! What a dear man and we know you will miss him dearly. He was a huge asset for NGA and did a fabulous job for the school. Thank you for sharing him. The two of you have been devoted friends of this community since moving here and we will all miss him too. You and your family are in our prayers.

   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
He was such a good and kind man. He will be missed by many. Please know that we are praying for the family.

Robert & Annette Dowdy
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Jean Adriance
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
My heart goes out to you, it was a joy and pleasure to have known Mr. Abell. I always loved seeing the two of you come in to have your hair done, because you both made a person feel better, like you were special-- when it was the two of you that were so "special".

Diane and Dave Conger
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
What a delightful person! A few years ago I remember him helping at the thrift store. He wasn't a 100 percent healthy, but he sure did his part. What a good example to set for everyone.

Barry & Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
Jean and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Marshall was always so nice and friendly. I looked forward to your and his visits to the post office. He was blessed with a wonderful wife and family that he cherished. May the warm loving memories always be with you. Love, Teresa

Beth Pomeroy
   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
My sincerest condolences to the entire Abell family. Your father will be an icon, forever, at Country Day.

Jack Tyrer
   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
Marshall was a good friend to this newcomer to Asheville. I regret that our routes ultimately parted and that I lost that contact. The condolences of all our family are with all of his.

ellen keetch craig
   Posted Wed June 22, 2011
I remember Mr. Abell. My Mother taught at country day for a few years when it was on Merrimon ave. I recall they used to have the Abell special in the cafeteria. He was a nice man, and I think most students really did like him

Bruce Franz, Jr.
   Posted Mon July 18, 2011
His dedication, loyalty, and patience helped shape our lives to become leaders and teachers. We will miss him, and we will remember him. Bruce Franz ACDS Class of 1965

Kathryn Pancoast
   Posted Tue January 26, 2016
I had not heard from Marshall for several years, but through the miracle of SEARCH, I was able to find his obituary. Of course, family could not/would not know to contact the MANY teachers and students touched by Marshall. BUT I think it never too late for them to know how dear he was to me. He believed in me thought I had never taught kindergarten and had always said I would never teach kindergarten. He made it the most rewarding experience of my entire teaching career. I still treasure the votive candle holder that he made for Christmas and many of his lovely cards signed with his special "a Bell" signature. Treasure the memories that you still have as I do. Kathryn Pancoast