Mr. Ben Herbert Abbott was born on August 23, 1926 at his home in Flat Lake, Arkansas to Charles Milo Abbott and Maddie Mae Abbott. He recently celebrated his 91st birthday. He and his wife, Immogene Abbott were married in August of 1947 and recently celebrated their 70 year wedding anniversary. He has two children, Jerry and Charles Abbott. When asked what he is most proud of, Mr. Abbott stated, “ I am most proud of my marriage, being a Godly father while raising my two boys, and being disciplined in my work habits.”
Mr. Abbott attended high school through the 9th grade in Blytheville, AR. In 1941 at the age of 15, he joined the United States Navy. He served from 1941-1961. During his service, he received the Asiatic Pacific Victory Medal. This medal was issued to service members of the Second World War. Mr. Abbott served on the NRS in Little Rock, AR, NTS in San Diego, CA, CASU 41, CASU 9, ACORN 8, and the USS Tangier (AV-8) at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The USS Tangier (AV-8) was the first ship to fire back on the Japanese at Pearl Harbor on December7, 1941.
Post Navy retirement, Mr. Abbott was a South Pacific Champion, received the Golden Glove Award, and the Wright Brothers Award for Highest Aviation Achievement. He was a crop duster for 55 years. Flying is one of his true passions.
When Mr. Abbott was not serving his country or working, he was an active member in his church. He started being active in church while he was growing up in Blytheville, AR and continued as an adult. He served as a Deacon at Finley Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in Dyersburg where he has been a member since 1969. Some of his favorite past times include flying, reading and hunting.
We would like to honor Mr. Ben Abbott for his service to our country, his commitment to his family, and the community.