Earl Lee Absher, 83

Published 1:34 pm Thursday, June 18, 2015

DILLWYN, June 18 — Earl Lee Absher, 83, of Dillwyn, departed from this life on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. He was born October 10, 1931 to the late Albert Lee and Elizabeth Hudgins Absher of Dillwyn.

He spent his early years on the farm and then in 1953 went into the Army to serve in the Korean War.  After serving our country he returned to his home in Buckingham County and married the love of his life in December 1955 and they had their son a year later. He returned to his previous job working in the oil distribution business hauling fuel for Adams Oil Company, which later became Saxon Oil Company.  He dedicated most of his life serving his customers, and enjoyed his rounds where he could swap stories and happenings with them.  Mr. Absher would often share fond memories of those times long after he retired.

He also worked alongside his son, Gene, on the farm where they raised many varieties of livestock and grains.  In more recent years the farm became a grass and beef cattle operation. HeEarl passed on his love of gardening to his son.  Mr. Absher took great delight in watching the vegetables grow.  He also enjoyed using the cooking skills he had learned in the service, working as a Mess Hall cook.  He and his wife would enjoy making soup or spaghetti together during the winter months and barbequing chicken in the summer.

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Mr. Absher is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Gladys Jamerson Absher; his son, Gene Absher (Brenda); his only granddaughter, Lindsay Absher (fiancé, Josh Brown); and his sister-in-law, Susan Love Absher. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Arthur Junious Absher.

Many memories will remain with the friends and family who knew him, as he will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Dunkum Funeral Home with interment in the Browns Chapel U.M.C. Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Buckingham County Rescue Squad.

Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, is in charge of arrangments. www.dunkumfuneralhome.com