Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) Ronnie (Yank) Abbot


Funeral Home

Jones and Son Funeral Home

Petal, MS


Thursday, February 16, 2023, 5-9 pm, Sunrise Baptist Church, Petal


Friday, February 17, 2023, 11 am
Sunrise Baptist Church, Petal, INTERMENT: Janice Cemetery


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 12, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SFC(Ret) Ronnie (Yank) Abbot, age 70, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard and sever within the 890th Engineer Battalion, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. Yank, as he was commonly called had worked at the Shelby CSMS

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

Obituary, visitation, and service details:  

Jones and Son Funeral Home

January 26, 1953 – February 12, 2023

SERVICES: Friday, February 17, 2023, 11 am
Sunrise Baptist Church, Petal, INTERMENT: Janice Cemetery

VISITATION: Thursday, February 16, 2023, 5-9 pm, Sunrise Baptist Church, Petal

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2023, at Sunrise Baptist Church in Petal, for Mr. Ronnie “Yank” Abbott, age 70, of Petal. Mr. Abbott passed from this life on February 12, 2023 at his residence. Bro. Blake McDaniel and Bro. Mark Williams will officiate the service with burial to follow in Janice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jody Rogers, Daniel Anderson, Justin Beeson, Wesley Cooley, Caston Rogers, Jason Rogers, Dakota Anderson, Michael Clark, Maddox Buchanan, and Travis Buchanan.

Mr. Abbott was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church in Petal. He retired after 22 years with the U.S. Army and the National Guard.

Mr. Abbott was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Edward and Margaret Louise Abbott; first wife, Regina Cooley Abbott; son, Kelly Abbott; daughter, Wendy Dearman; and brothers, Harold Abbott, Jr. and John Abbott.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah “Debbie” Abbott of Petal; daughters, Marlena (Jody) Rogers of Janice, Kayla Buchanan of Petal, and Amanda (Daniel) Anderson of Purvis; step-daughter, Roxanna (Paul) Stroud of Indianapolis, IN; brothers, Edward (Sandy) Abbott of Campton, NH, Michael (Melissa) Abbott of Loudon, NH, and Gary (Debbie) Abbott of Gilford, NH; sisters, Sandra Chalifour of Laconia, NH, Ann (Dave) Foss of Barnstead, NH, Cheryl (Ray) Dufield of Franklin, NH, and Brenda (Mark) Duverger of Bradford, NH; and 14 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday before the service from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. also at the church.