THE LIFE OF ABE WASHINGTON
Abe Washington was born to Jezebel Willis and Felix Washington on January 5, 1928; in Winnsboro, Louisiana. Abe was raised by his grandmother Mary “Mae” Willis. Our family’s Patriarch was known as a friend and advisor to many along his Journey of Life. He had such an outpour of giving to family, friends and strangers; that he often played the role of providing compassion, support and love to many. In his view, “It is better to give than to receive.” This was a standard instilled in him by his uncles who mentored him as a young man. He cherished his memories of his wife Elsie Ray Washington, whom he married on July 1, 1957. They had no kids of their own but, they helped to raise their niece, Jean Olsteen; great nephews Jimmy Lee and John Ray Olsteen. Abe and Elsie Ray were the definition of that infiniteness, endless and limitless type of love and we know she welcomed him with open arms into Paradise with our Father in Heaven. Mr. Washington will be remembered for his smile, good sense of humor, wisdom and savvy sense of style. He was always faithful and active member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, for over 60 years. After retirement, Brother Washington spent a very active life, fellowshipping at Pilgrim Rest Mis-sionary Baptist Church, marketing goods at the local flee market, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Brother Abe leaves loyal neighbors Zeb Johnson and family, Mario Negrete and family. Both played a vital role in his life by ensuring his daily needs were met. He is proceeded in death by his wife, grandparents Lloyd and Mary Willis, both parents and his twin sisters Mary Wil-lis Goodjoint and Martha W. Duckworth. He is survived by his brother in law Ather Duckworth, brothers; Felix Washington Jr., George Washington, Bennie Washington and Peter Washington. Sisters; Gloria Thompson (Bill), Grace Huff (Charles), Maude Bruner (Everett), Peggy Washington, Rebecca Washington and Ruth Watkins (Glen). And a host of over 3 generations of family, who love and will miss him dearly.
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