In Memory


Mr. Barry Olin Abee, 52, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at CHS-BRHC Morganton, following a period of declining health. 
Barry was born on March 9, 1966 in Burke County to Gladys Lail Abee and the late David Delain Abee. He was a longtime member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church and was previously employed as a long distance truck driver. 
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, David Alan Abee and both sets of grandparents. 
Survivors include his mother, Gladys Abee of Morganton, two daughters, Megan and husband Stephan Sharar of Charlotte and Kellie Abee of Valdese and one brother, Michael Barnette of Morganton. Also surviving are four grandchildren; Carrie Woodard, Alexis Woodard, Makayla Abee and Jeffery Ryffel, nieces, Jaime McLean and a nephew, Jeremy Abee, and a number of extended adopted family, including Amber and Tyler Cook and their children, Aleigha, Alona and Triston. 
A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. at Abee's Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Rudy Hayes officiating. 
The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 until 5:00 P.M. at Abee's Grove Baptist Church. 
Memorials may be sent to the family to assist with expenses and sent to 4357 Gouge Ave., Morganton, NC 28655. 
An online guestbook and obituary is available at 
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Abee family.

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08/20/19 04:14 AM #1    

Neal Coffey

Missing an old friend today, as I go back and review the In Memory page of our class website.

Wanted to share a true story with all of you about Barry and what happened the week of his passing last September. Barry Abee introduced me to the Rock group Iron Maiden. I had received a message from Mike Barnette, telling me that if I wanted to see Barry that I needed to get to Grace Hospital ICU ASAP.

Upon arriving, I spoke with Mike for a few minutes and we went in to visit Barry. He opened his eyes and knew we were both there. I reached for Barry's hand and asked if we could pray for and with him. Barry shook his head in affirmation.Together we had a moment of prayer and silence before I departed to go back to work.

Later that week, while on vacation with my mother and daughter, I learned of Barry's passing. As I was laying on the beach listening to the station "Slippery When Wet" on iHeart radio, a song was playing. I don't remember the exact classic 80's Rock song that was playing at the time. As it was ending, I took a drink of my beer and lifted it up to the sky saying " here's to you Barry Abee. I love and miss you brother".

As soon as I said that, the next song that came on iHeart Radio was Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden. I think it was God's and Barry's way of saying he was ok.

I think of you often brother and the great times we had growing up. Looking forward to the day we meet again!!!!



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