Born in Crisfield, Md., Aug. 21, 1935, he was a son of the late Clarence James and the late Lola Lavinia Hoffman Abbott.
He was a graduate of Lee Academy and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Salisbury State University and his Master of Arts degree from The George Washington University. He was a school teacher in Wicomico County for 30 years until his retirement.
He enjoyed woodworking, model trains, traveling, and was an avid reader. A sports enthusiast, he lettered in baseball, track, and gymnastics, was a blue belt, and enjoyed ice skating, skiing, and sailing.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Janice Lynn Culp Abbott, of Atlantic; step-daughter, Samantha Kane, of Salisbury; daughter-in-law, Valerie Abbott, of Cleveland, Tenn.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Timothy Paul Abbott and Mark Stephen Abbott; and numerous brothers and sisters.
A memorial service officiated by Pastor Stacey Johnson was held Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at 3 p.m., at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield. Interment was private in Sunnyridge Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Crisfield Church of God, 134 Maryland Avenue, Crisfield, MD 21817.