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Glen Thomas Abney
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In a letter dated January 27, 1995, Glen Abney wrote about
his life. It is condensed and
summarized as follows:
After their marriage, Glen and his wife, Judy, first
moved in with Judy's
grandmother, Estel Blevins, who lived in Byars.
She owned and rented about 3,000 acres, some of it along the South
Canadian River. She ran 500 or
600 head of cattle. Glen worked
the calves, the roundups, and shipped her cattle.
mother and aunts also had cattle, so in the spring of the year, he and the
other hands would start in one pasture and keep rounding up and working the
cattle until they had worked all them all.
In the fall, they would round up the cattle and ship the big steer
calves, what heifers, and old cows that were to be sold.
job was to drive Grandmother Blevins's
old red Dodge cattle truck to all the pastures, help with the roundup, and
then work the calves. He said it
was hard work, but he enjoyed it.
He and Judy bought a ranch east of Byars and lived in a new
brick home. They lived
there from 1965 to 1974, when they divorced.
During the time he lived there, he was also
running mostly Hereford cattle. He
and Judy owned 290 acres and rented another 510 acres.
They had 30 head of cows and a
herd bull. He also raised and showed Appaloosa horses.
Their herd of horses consisted of 12 mares and colts and his stallion,
which was named Quavo's Rocket. The
offspring of Quavo's
Fancy, placed fourth in the 23rd National Appaloosa Horse Show in Huron, S.D.
in 1970. One of his horses, Sugar Foot, won the National Appaloosa
Show for the head and heeling for three-year-olds.
Glen was one of eight directors of Sooner Appaloosa Horse Club of
Oklahoma. In addition to his
ranch work, Glen was employed full time at the Kerr McGee Refinery at
Wynnewood. As he stated in the
letter, all this activity didn't
leave him with much time on his hands.
After his and Judy's divorce, he owned and ran a ranch near Elmore City named Abney
There, he also raised Texas Longhorn cattle.
Glen was an avid hunter and had several adventures in that.
Once he went to Alaska to hunt caribou, bear and moose.
When they were put down in a drop camp, they were there five days
before the plane returned for them. One
problem was that the plane didn't
leave them any food, so they survived for five days, living off of caribou meat, blue berries, and what fish
they caught. He also hunted in the Bitter Root Wilderness and the Idaho
Wilderness. Among his hunting
successes, in addition to the caribou, he killed a mule deer, three trophy
buck antelope, one bull elk, a cinnamon colored black bear, and a female
mountain lion, which weighed 125 pounds and was 7 foot long from nose to the
tip of her tail.
Glen was proud of his two children, Bryan and Michele.
His son, Bryan, taught school in Wynnewood Schools for several years
before going to work at the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center at Pauls Valley.
daughter, Michele was Valedictorian at Washington High School.
She was on the Washington track relay team where her team set a new
state record. She also did some
modeling and was featured in the Sunday Women's
feature wearing swim wear in the March 29, 1987 issue of the Daily Oklahoman.
GLEN ABNEY died on December 27, 2001 at Baptist Intregis
Hospital, Oklahoma City from multiple heart-related problems and the results
of a stroke. His cousin, Jesse
Spurlock, assisted in his funeral services and delivered the following eulogy.
FOR GLEN THOMAS ABNEY
DECEMBER 30, 2001, 2 P.M.
PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH, PAOLI, OKLAHOMA
Trying to sum up what I want to say about my cousin,
Glen Abney, is one of life's
more difficult challenges for me. Not
that I don't
have anything to say, but rather I don't
know what to say and what to leave out.
He was my Uncle Tom Abney's youngest child. Tom
Abney was one of the most respected and best-liked men in Garvin County.
He served five years as
Deputy Sheriff of Garvin Country. Then
he was elected as Garvin County Sheriff and served in that capacity for 16
years. Tom next served two terms
as County Commissioner. What a
big shadow Tom Abney cast! What
large shoes for his son to try to fill!
Although in the last several years, Glen began to
physically resemble his dad more than ever before, I want you to know, Glen
Abney was not Tom Abney and never even tried to be!
He never tried to fill his dad's shoes. He
never tried to fill anyone else's
shoes. He was his own person in his own right, as anyone who knew
him will affirm.
Many terms come to mind in describing Glen.
However, I think Acolorful
would be the most descriptive. He
was an artist. He was a horseman. He
was a cowboy. He was a hunter.
He was retired from the Kerr McGee oil refinery.
From his jokes, he could have been a stand up comic. The obituary
information says he was a carpenter.
As I worked to assemble an Abney genealogy book, I
asked Glen to give me some information on himself.
He wrote a 12 page letter containing information on his life and
adventures. I condensed it down
for the book, but I had to leave out a lot because of space limits.
However, I was fascinated with some of the information of what Glen had
He had raised prize winning Appaloosa horses. One of his stallions, Quavo's Rocket, sired several winners in various horse shows. One of his horses, Sugar Foot, won the National Appaloosa show for the head and heeling for three-year-olds. Glen served as one of eight directors of the Sooner Appaloosa Horse Club of Oklahoma. He also raised long horn cattle on the Abney Appaloosa Ranch near Elmore City. He had hunted in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, and numerous other places. Among the animals he killed was a black bear and a 125-pound mountain lion. He provided me with pictures of his cattle, horses, and various wild animals he had killed in hunting expeditions. I've been in his house and have seen his many stuffed animals, including his stuffed rattle snake. Was that thing really a pet when it was alive, as Glen told me?? Man, what a pet!! He told me once that he threw it a live mouse to eat. He said the rattler struck and killed it, but didn't eat it. He said, AI reckon it just wanted to kill something!
Glen was an excellent artist, painting and sketching
western scenes. I was looking at
several of his sketches one day and was very impressed with the talent
displayed in those. I said, A Glen,
these are very good. Why don't you sell them? He grinned and
said, A That's a very good idea! and then he laughed. Of course, I had forgotten he had sold many of his paintings.
He gave many to friends and relatives.
Glen was an excellent shot with either rifle or pistol.
One incident that would have been embarrassing to most good shooters,
didn't even phase Glen. He
was hunting with my brother, Jim, in Colorado.
He had a scope on his rifle and leaned across the top of Jim's
Buick to shoot down range. Of
course, with the scope, Glen didn't
realize that the barrel of his rifle wasn't
clearing the top of Jim's
car. When he fired the round, he put a hole in the roof of Jim's
Buick. Most shooters would probably have been mortified, but Glen
just asked Jim if he could have the hood of the Buick to mount as a trophy.
As I think about Glen's humorous stories, I can't help but remember one story that came out differently the
second time he told it. I sort of
chided Glen for the discrepancies. He
laughed and said, AIt's my story. I'll
tell it the way I want to! When
you tell it, you can tell it the way you want to!
As everyone who ever visited Glen knows, whether in or
out of the hospital, you could not be around him and remain serious for the
entire visit. He always had a
joke to share. When Glen
first entered Baptist Hospital several years ago, I was concerned about his
spiritual condition and I went to see him with the intent of finding our about
his status with the Lord. It was
far too important to guess about. After
he shared a few jokes with me and we had some laughs,
I asked him directly if he had been Saved.
Glen told me he had been. I
asked him to tell me about that. He
told me that he had gone to Love Baptist Church out southwest of Pauls Valley,
when Bro. Howard Moore was the pastor. He
said he had gone to the altar and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal
Savior. He was baptized by Bro.
Moore at Love Baptist Church.
When Glen's health broke, to the point he was in the hospital, seemingly more than
out, I visited him and asked him on other occasions about his spiritual
condition. He always came back to
his account of Love Baptist Church and Bro. Howard Moore. That was one of his stories that always came out the same.
He assured me that he was prepared to meet the Lord.
A few months back when it appeared certain that Glen
was going to leave us, I visited him in Intensive Care. I spoke again of his spiritual condition.
He never hesitated when he told me again that he was ready to meet the
Lord. I held prayer with him
before leaving. He said, A Thank
you, Jesse Ray!@
(He always used my middle name when he addressed me.)
My brother shared with me last night that Glen had told him that one of our wayward relatives had gotten their life straight and was to be baptized. Jim said that Glen had brought that up himself and was very happy that a soul in danger was now safe. Glen's concern and use of the term Asoul in danger@ is certainly something I take as a positive sign of his own spiritual condition.
I'm so thankful that Glen's suffering has ended, but, My Goodness! How I'm going to miss visiting him and hearing his stories! Friends, Relatives, and Loved Ones, as long as we remember Glen's stories, his humor, and see his art work, Glen will remain a part of our lives in the days ahead upon this earth. And if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, as I do and as Glen did, he will be a part of your life throughout eternity, when we cross over to the other side.
by Jesse Spurlock, Abney Cemetery Record Keeper
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