Joseph A. `Buck' Abell Jr., 72, Carroll businessman

February 12, 2003

Joseph A. "Buck" Abell Jr., a Carroll County businessman, died of cancer Sunday at his Winfield home. He was 72.

A self-employed school bus contractor, Mr. Abell was also a farmer for many years in Carroll County. He owned Abell's Home Center, a Mount Airy hardware store, for nearly 10 years. At his death, he owned Bloom Valley Senior Care, an assisted-living center in Winfield, with his wife of eight years, Joscha Egberink Abell.

Mr. Abell was born in Carroll County. He was a great-nephew of A.S. Abell, founder of The Sun, the family said.

He was senior class president and a 1948 graduate of Mount Airy High School, and served in the Air Force for four years, including time in the Korean War.

Services are private.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Danita Abell-Bly of Winfield; four sons, Joseph C. Abell of Ocean Pines, Scott Abell of Winfield, Patrick Abell of Mount Airy and Chris Abell of York Springs, Pa.; a brother, Francis "Johnny" Abell of Winfield; 13 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

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