The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


November 22, 2013

Homer Abney

DANVILLE — Homer Abney, 89, of Danville, went to be with the Lord at 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Danville’s VA Illiana Health Care System.

Homer was born the son of Troy and Orphia (Watts) Abney on May 9, 1924, in Beattyville, Ky.

He married Lorna M. Copas July 8, 1945, in Danville. She survives.

Also surviving are Marla (Gary) Watson of Danville; Lori Abney Fox of Vista, Calif.; five grandchildren, Ryan Watson, Aaron (Rachel) Watson, Milo Fox, Morgan Fox and Spencer Fox; two great-grandchildren, Aubrew Watson and Otis Watson; sister, Regina (Robert) Foreman; and two sisters-in-law, Fannie Mae Abney and Ruby Lockwood.

Homer was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Doyle and Darrell Abney.

Homer enjoyed fishing with his son-in-law, Gary, golfing, gardening, growing flowers, watching the birds, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 210 and was involved in the 40 & 8 group. He also involved himself in Habitat for Humanity, building houses and was a member of the Northland Church of Christ, and is now a current member of Crossroads Christian Church.

Homer was the owner of Frey Tire Company for 30 years.

A celebration of Homer’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 23, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville with Pastor Miles Clark officiating. A visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made in Homer’s name to Crossroads Christian Church or March Of Dimes. Please join Homer’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of him through his Tribute Wall at

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