Fallen Hero: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Derek Joshua Abbott


Funeral Home

Senter Funeral Directors

707 S Adams St Fulton, MS



Celebration of Life Services, 3pm, Sunday,  March 17, 2024, Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College, Fulton.  Military Funeral Honors will follow at Itawamba Memorial Gardens


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and 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 23, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Derek Joshua Abbott, 42, was in Delta Company of the 2nd Battalion, 151st Lakota Medical Evacuation unit, serving as a Maintenance Test Pilot. A combat veteran and native of Fulton, Mississippi, Abbott is survived by his wife of 18 years and their 3 children. His awards include the Air Medal with Valor and numeral 2; Army Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; the Combat Action Badge; the Senior Army Aviator Badge; and many other decorations and state awards.

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, sacrifices, 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.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

FULTON– Derek Joshua Abbott, the man, the myth, the legend! Born on Valentine’s Day in 1982, he was a devout Christian that loved his family and loved the Lord. He will always be the “Forever Hero” to all who knew him. He was a professional Aviator, employed with PHI as Captain, Medium IFR Lead Pilot, a distinguished Army National Guard Combat Veteran, an AH-64 Apache Maintenance Test Pilot, a UH-72 Lakota Pilot, a dynamic Soldier, trainer and leader to his brothers-in-arms, a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend! Derek moved to his heavenly home on February 23, 2024.
Derek was known to his friends and family for his steadfast devotion and love of Christ, his immense love and devotion to his family, his commitment to service in his church, in the military, in his community, and for his country. More than anything he loved spending time with His family. They always came 1st in everything He did. Making sure, above all, they knew they were loved and taken care of.
He loved serving at His church, Crossroads and was a big part of the Emmaus and Chrysalis community. He was an exemplary citizen in the community, living by the example of Jesus Christ and loving everyone He met. He believed in shopping locally and “washing feet” of those he could lend a hand and help. He and His wife of 18 years have 3 wonderful children together. A favorite family pastime was movie nights at home, complete with popcorn, Oreos, pringles and cuddles. He loved to plan date nights with family and friends often. He loved to travel and try
new things. He enjoyed planning family vacations to the beach, Nashville, and Arizona. He loved talking to anyone and everyone. He loved flying! He even got his private pilot license so he could fly his Cheroke Six. He loved taking anyone and everyone he could to fly to see the sunsets and sunrises. He wanted them to experience the world like He did and see the beauty of heaven and earth from a different view.
A true adventurer and outdoors-man, He also enjoyed motorcycle riding and hiking, always willfully leading the pack, and planning the route. He loved to be at the ball field with His son, cheering Him and the boys on with Dinger Nation and IAC. He loved spending time with His babies in the front yard playing basketball with His oldest son and grilling for them all too. He absolutely loved being His children’s number one fan. He loved sitting back and watching His princess dance, love, and grow. He loved being able to close a new deal and working alongside his best friend and sister-n-law while serving his tenants and home buyers during his time building a portfolio with Southern Life properties and SLP land.
Derek loved being a Soldier. He took being a Soldier to heart. Not only did God create Him to be Brandi’s husband and kids’ dad, and wonderful son, brother, and friend, but He created Him to be a truly amazing Soldier. His soul always rang true to the Red, White, and Blue. He always took great pride and honor in serving, with stature and great valor in all endeavors.
Derek was a great spiritual leader and mentor. He possessed courage that never wavered under any circumstance. He lived by Faith and shared his testimony with others so they too could experience a life of love and joy in Christ. Leaving an honorable, respectable, full-of-life and love legacy within everyone that knew him. He had the honor of not only being a role model to His children and influencing them to impact their lives. He also helped train young adults on the job with his brothers at PHI and at the Flight Facility in Tupelo. He left a true Godly American Hero mark behind. He truly invested in the lives of those He loved and saw the best in everyone he met. Derek had two favorite scriptures that He lived by:
Joshua 1:9 “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 24:15 “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the lord.”
Derek, our forever Hero, continue serving in the Lord’s Army.
“You have been cleared for final approach.”
Celebration of Life services will be at 3pm on Sunday March 17, 2024, at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Military Funeral Honors will follow at Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Derek is survived by his wife, Brandi Abbott; children, Chandler Wood, Breanna Abbott, and Grayson Abbott; exchange students, Sarah Mirshahidi and Pauline Schult; mother, Mary Savage(Roy); father, Danny Abbott; brother, Danny Abbott, Jr.(Christi), uncles, Gary Abbott and (the late) Jackie Abbott; nieces, Savannah Abbott, Samantha Abbott, and Lexi Wilson. Plus, an abundance of friends and family, and many other God children and youth that call him spiritual father and mentor.
Pallbearers will be Danny Abbott, Sr., Danny Abbott, Jr., Roy Savage, Austin Lindley, and Chad Gentry.