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Community Groups Celebrate the Life of Tony Abbott

by | Jan 12, 2021 | Bottom Middle Box, Local, News

One ceremony honoring Tony Abbott was held on Jan. 7, and another one is slated for Jan. 27.


Anthony “Tony” S. Abbott was born in January 1934, and his community is gathering this month to celebrate his life with two virtual events. The first gathering was on January 7,  2021, and the second will be held on January 27, 2021. See below for details.

The January 7th event celebrated Tony and the release of his final collection of poems, Dark Side of North. Cohosted by Charlotte Writers Club North and Main Street Books, this virtual event featured readings from his new book as well as reminiscences honoring his life.

Charlotte Writers Club is editing the event video and will post it on their website.  Dark Side of North is available at Main Street Books.

Family members, students, colleagues, and friends participated as readers for the event:

Steve and Katy Abbott —“Genesis”

Jacqueline Bussie—excerpt of forward to Dark Side of North and “Effluctress”

Joseph Bathanti—“Dark Side of North”

Janice Fuller—“Lyn’s poem”

Vive Griffith—“Leavings”

Barbara Mayer—”Homeless Jesus” or “Jamie’s Prayer”

Don Carroll —3rd section

Dede Mitchell —“Taking Care”

Ann Wicker—“The White Dress”

Lisa Zerkle —“Something to be Done”

Suzanne Baldwin Leitner—”These Days” or “The Man Who Loved Trees”

Andy Abbott—“Of Catchers”

Ann Campanella—“The Last”

Next, a Community Celebration Honoring Tony Abbott will be held virtually on January 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Tony Abbott contributed a great deal to our communities. Davidson College, DavidsonLearns, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson Community Players, and Learning in Retirement at The Pines have joined in sponsoring an event to celebrate Tony and the difference he made.

Jane Avinger, Jacqueline Bussie, Karl Plank, Jim Martin, Jane Ratteree, Sheri Reynolds, and John Griffith will share insights into the remarkable difference Tony made for them and to the diverse membership of each of the sponsoring entities.

Please join us for this “Community Celebration of a Life!”

Please click here to join the webinar.

Dial-in: (855) 880 1246 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 947 3720 1469

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