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Thomas Everett AbnerNovember 8, 1990 ~ November 22, 2017 (age 27)
Thomas Everett Abner, 27, of Belton, Texas and formerly of Elwood, Indiana passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Thomas was born in Elwood, Indiana on November 8, 1990, to Jim and Susan (Fettig) Abner. Thomas met his fiance', and the love of his life, Allison Shanks while attending Butler University and was to be married in April 2018.
Thomas was currently the pharmacist in charge for CVS in Belton, Tx. He achieved a top 10% ranking in the Nation for himself and his store for the last two years for exceptional service and commitment to patients. Thomas was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he formerly served as an altar server. Thomas attended Edgewood Elementary School and graduated in 2009 from Elwood Community High School with an academic honors diploma as the class Salutatorian. During High School, Thomas was a member of the Steering Committee, Spanish Club and was President of National Honor Society He was chosen as an Athlete of Character, and was the Lilly Endowment Scholarship runner-up. Thomas was voted by his classmates as the "most likely to succeed" and " the best smile." During high school Thomas was an outstanding student athlete. Thomas was awarded his "E" blanket for earning 12 varsity letters throughout his High School career. He was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team for 4 years, Varsity Football Team for 4 years and Varsity Baseball Team in 2009. Thomas earned multiple All-CIC honors in Basketball and Football. Among other athletic awards that Thomas received are the John Ward Scholarship, Lions Club Boys Outstanding Basketball Award, ECHS Scholar Athlete and Academic All-CIC. Thomas was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Red Haven Award, which is awarded to the top senior student athlete in Madison County. During his senior year he was a member of the IHSAA Student Leadership Committee. Thomas was also awarded several scholarships upon graduation, including the Dellinger Senior Leadership Scholarship, Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete Award, the David Tunnell Memorial Scholarship, Logan M. Church Memorial Scholarship, Florea Memorial Scholarship, Stephen Hamer Scholarship, Hinds Career Center National Technical Scholarship, Elks/Dehority Scholarship, Lions Club Drs. Tom & Becky Moser Scholarship, Herff Jones Principal Leadership Award and the Dr. Ron & Sabrina Duncan Scholarship. Thomas went on to graduate from Butler University in 2015 with his Doctorate in Pharmacy. While at Butler, Thomas was a resident assistant for 3 years and staff assistant for 2 years at Ross Hall. He was also a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
Thomas was an avid Indianapolis Colts and Butler Basketball fan. Thomas enjoyed spending time at the lake with his family and friends. He enjoyed golfing, playing video games with friends, traveling with his fiance' and making people laugh. Thomas was a shining example of a son, brother, future husband, friend, co-worker, fraternity brother, classmate and teammate. He was a young man that was always uplifting others. Thomas always had a kind word of encouragement, a smile or a hug to brighten one's day. Thomas' short life here on earth will leave an everlasting impression on the many lives he touched.
Thomas is survived by his loving parents, James "Jim" and Susan Abner of Elwood, IN, Sister, Abbey and her husband T.J. Grondin of Elwood, IN, fiance', Allison Shanks of Temple, Tx., Half sister, Mandy Wright of Anderson, In, Half sister, Breann Cain of Frankton, In, Grandmother, Teresa Price of Kokomo, IN. Thomas is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
Thomas was preceded in death by his beloved brother Adam Abner in 2006, Grandparents Jack & Falba Fettig, and Bill Abner, Great-Grandparents Paul & Edith Faulstich, Everett & Livonia Abner, and Fred & Nellie Johnson.
Visitation for family and friends to celebrate Thomas' life will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Dunnichay Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Dan Duff officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Elwood, IN
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital, through the funeral home, in memory of his brother Adam Abner.
The Dunnichay Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Abner Family.