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“i love yu my sweet lil brother,i miss you sooooo much.if i coud only have one more minute w/you,hear you laugh ,hear you say"wats up my sista".just...Read More »
1 of 67 | Posted by: tonya montgomery - sister

“Sorry, I just found this today. Kelly,Sharon, no doubt the pain of Eric's loss is still present. However, we celebrate his wonderful, activity...Read More »
2 of 67 | Posted by: Joe T. Winn - Grovetown,, GA

“Sharon, I just heard of Aunt Pauline's passing and Adonna found Eric's memorial page here. We had no idea. We are so very sorry for you loss of Eric...Read More »
3 of 67 | Posted by: Margo Bjork - Bakersfield, CA

“you are the best cousin anyone could ever ask for. always be thinking of you. ”
4 of 67 | Posted by: richard langford - hallsville, TX

“My heart is still aching from this great loss and I can only imagine how difficult this time has been for you, Aunt Sharon and Uncle Kelly. Just...Read More »
5 of 67 | Posted by: Paula Lambert - Evans, GA

“Sharon, my thoughts and prayers are with you as I am missing the earthly presence of my own son, Patrick. It doesn't seem real..but that is God's...Read More »
6 of 67 | Posted by: delna dillen - longview, TX

“Ron and Family, I was so sorry when Ron told me of his brother's passing this morning. I wished God would give me the right words, but there are...Read More »
7 of 67 | Posted by: Angel Ethridge - Gladewater, TX

“Kelly, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you now and the days ahead. Just remember to lean on your family & friends for...Read More »
8 of 67 | Posted by: Melissa Woody - Bristol, VA

“Kelly and Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss. I must say that Eric looked just like his father. I will include you both in my prayers. ”
9 of 67 | Posted by: Candee (Beck) Potter - Dallas, TX

“Sharon I am so sorry for your loss & I am sorry that I was not at the funeral. I did not receive the news about Eric until Sunday afternoon. My...Read More »
10 of 67 | Posted by: Tanya Hampton - Longview, TX

“Kelly, Sharon, Brent, Leslie, Tonya and family I am sadden to learn of Eric's passing. My heart goes out to you. ”
11 of 67 | Posted by: Ruth Arnold - Longview, TX

“Thanks for many good races, my friend. We raced with each other many times @ Village Creek MX and Badlands MX. I will truly miss you. You were a...Read More »
12 of 67 | Posted by: Blake McMichael - Naples, TX

“Eric, You are alicia's life, her best friend, her backbone, her strength, you gave her such beautiful wings. I know you are soaring high and standing...Read More »
13 of 67 | Posted by: Sandy Newell - Longview, TX

“I had only met you a couple of times at the track with your lovely Mother, all I know is that you were very loved by many, thanks for being such a...Read More »
14 of 67 | Posted by: Debbie Pritchett - Palmer, TX

“KELLY AND SHARON, I AM SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL. TAMMIE MADDOX ”
15 of 67 | Posted by: TAMMIE MADDOX - marshall, TX

“Kelly & Sharon We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our God is in control and He will be there for you. You are in our prayers. ”
16 of 67 | Posted by: David & Wanda Martin - Longview, TX

“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Though I never got the chance to meet Eric, Zack often talked about him. Zack has told me many funny stories...Read More »
17 of 67 | Posted by: Heather Fogle - White Oak, TX

“Rest in Peace Eric. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. ”
18 of 67 | Posted by: Zach Horn Jeri Webb - Longview, TX

“SHARON AND KELLY,YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS WITH LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING. BOBBIE AND KEN CASIDA AND DANA GRIFFIN ”
19 of 67 | Posted by: KEN &BOBBIE CASIDA - LONGVIEW, TX

“No words to express the extent of your loss, he was a fine young man with the best smile and personality to be found. You are great parents and...Read More »
20 of 67 | Posted by: Norris Wimberley III - Tyler, TX

“Sharon and Kellly this is Brittany brents niece and i just wanted to say that i am deeply sorry for everything that has happened. I am praying for...Read More »
21 of 67 | Posted by: Brittany Mclane - Houston, TX

“I am so saddened to hear about the loss of Eric. I taught him years ago at HHS. He was such a joy to have in my English class. I will never forget...Read More »
22 of 67 | Posted by: Melissa Rhodes - Longview, TX

“Kelly & Sharon, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Praying that God gives you comfort and that you find peace in the many loving memories you...Read More »
23 of 67 | Posted by: Debbie Jasper - TULSA, OK

“Our entire family is saddened by your loss of such a fine young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this time and will be for...Read More »
24 of 67 | Posted by: Earl And Brenda Brundage - Ogden, UT

“We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Craig,Tammy,Beau and Megan Bentley ”
25 of 67 | Posted by: The Bentley Family - Terrell, TX

“Kelly and Sharon..No words can say how very sorry I am to learn of the tragic loss of your son Eric. With deepest sympathy. ”
26 of 67 | Posted by: Beverly Lowry - GRAND SALINE, TX

“We are so very sorry for your loss of such a special and wonderful person! Eric will always be remembered for his zest for life and his kind hearted...Read More »
27 of 67 | Posted by: Kristen McIlwain Ladner - TN

“May remembering happier moments help lift you and bring you solace during this time of unimaginable grief. Eric always was as special and unique as a...Read More »
28 of 67 | Posted by: Roger and Sheila Rowe - TX

“Are deepest sympathy are with you and your family. It is a huge loss to the motocross community. His charming smile and great spirit will be greatly...Read More »
29 of 67 | Posted by: Angie & Terry Stephens - Durant, OK

“Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't image your pain. I know many WT White people are thinking of you now. Take care, you and your...Read More »
30 of 67 | Posted by: Rusty Hitt - Dallas, TX

“May God comfort you during this time. Eric was truly a great gentleman in so many ways. We will truly miss Eric. Tommy and Tony Cureton ”
31 of 67 | Posted by: Tommy Cureton - Kilgore, TX

“I am very sorry for your loss Kelly, I have 2 that age as well, my heart goes out to you both. Todd Heller ”
32 of 67 | Posted by: Todd Heller - Waco, TX

“Kelly, Sharon & Family, I am so very saddened to hear of the sudden loss of your son Eric. I wish I knew of words to ease you grief. I suddenly lost...Read More »
33 of 67 | Posted by: Bill Pearce - Austin, TX

“Dear Kelly, Sharon, and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Eric will always...Read More »
34 of 67 | Posted by: Glenn Griffin - Greenville, SC

“Eric you will be truely missed and loved by your big brother. Thanks for letting me live my life through you. We will ride again another day. We love...Read More »
35 of 67 | Posted by: Leslie and Brent Cochran - Spring, TX

“Dear Kelly and Sharon - I am so sorry to learn of Eric's passing. Eric, the two of you, and all the rest of your family are in my thoughts and...Read More »
36 of 67 | Posted by: Teri Turner - Forney, TX

“What a great shock to hear. My prayers are with your whole family. May God be the source of your strength as you go through this time of grief. ”
37 of 67 | Posted by: Michelle Waldow - Longview, TX

“MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ”
38 of 67 | Posted by: Noreen Jackson - longview, TX

“Rest in peace, Eric. Blaine & Timmy Allison ”
39 of 67 | Posted by: blaine/tim allison - LONGVIEW, TX

“I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. I lost my daughter to a car accident almost 2 years ago - hold fast to your memories - and the...Read More »
40 of 67 | Posted by: Paula - Gladewater, TX

“Nancy and I have no words to express the sorrow we feel on the loss of Eric. There is no comforter but in the knowledge that God Himself is the Great...Read More »
41 of 67 | Posted by: Gene Mothershed - Beckville, TX

“Kelly & Sharon & Family, my condolences to you and your families.My heart is with you and words cannot express your loss.My prayers and thoughts are...Read More »
42 of 67 | Posted by: Michael Crawley - Windsor

“I am so sorry for your loss, I first met Eric at Swans Motocross in Tyler, Tx, where he & my nephew Eric Clevenger raced together for a number of...Read More »
43 of 67 | Posted by: Chris & Penny Benson - Marshall, TX

“DEAR SHARON AND KELLY, WE ARE SO SADDENED TO HEAR THE NEWS OF ERIC'S PASSING. BEING PARENTS OF AN 18 YEAR OLD, IT IS HARD FOR US TO EVEN THINK...Read More »
44 of 67 | Posted by: JULIE, DAN AND CARRINGTON SWEET - AL

“Dear Sharon and Kelly, I have struggled to find the right words and can't find them...so humbly I go to my knees in prayer for supernatural strength...Read More »
45 of 67 | Posted by: BECKY SHOFFNER EUBANK - Carthage, TX

“SHARON AND KELLY, WE WERE SHOCKED AND SADDENED TO HEAR OF ERIC'S PASSING. STEVEN FOUND OUT ABOUT IT ON MY SPACE AND CALLED ME, AND WE JUST DID NOT...Read More »
46 of 67 | Posted by: JILL BARBER - TYLER, TX

“I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF ERIC. I KNOW THE HE IS VISITING WITH STAN AND THAT STAN IS GIVING HIM THE GRAND TOUR OF HEAVEN NOW.I HAVE SO MANY FOND...Read More »
47 of 67 | Posted by: PAM SMITH - LONGVIEW, TX

“One of my favorite memories of Eric was on my brother Jeremy's birthday one year and we had a cake fight. It was so much fun until we all had to...Read More »
48 of 67 | Posted by: Cherra Barber - Hallsville, TX

“Kelly, I have worked fo Aerus/Electrolux for 35 years and I have always followed newsletters and DVDs of our Aerus family: My husband and I offer...Read More »
49 of 67 | Posted by: Catherine and Claude

“Kelly, Sharon, & Ronald, We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Eric. We ask that God be with you during this most difficult time and lift...Read More »
50 of 67 | Posted by: Christy Strickland & Jamie Jameson (sister & mother of Dewayne - TX

“My heart goes out to everyone during this hard time.God has taken him so young, he has a big plan for him now. You will all be in my prayers and I...Read More »
51 of 67 | Posted by: Shannon Cushenbery - TX

“Nice , quite young man. Very talented. I never seen him that he did not greet me with a smile. I am looking foward to that same smile when I see...Read More »
52 of 67 | Posted by: Jody Paris - ELMO, TX

“Sharon, I can't begin to understand the pain you and Kelly are feeling right now suffering the loss of a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
53 of 67 | Posted by: Denise Mabry Grubbs - Hallsville, TX

“Eric was one of our rider family members at Athens MotoCross Park. His infectious laugh and bright smile will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and...Read More »
54 of 67 | Posted by: Scott, Linda and Clint Speer - TX

“We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Eric. Such a tragedy is beyond words. Our hearts are broken. We will be unable to be with the family...Read More »
55 of 67 | Posted by: Cynthia and Richard Judge - TX

“Sharon, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
56 of 67 | Posted by: Jim & Becky Hardin - Royse City, TX

“We are so sorry for your loss of Eric. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do just let us know! ”
57 of 67 | Posted by: Gil & Marsha McIlwain - TX

“Eric and i had good memories, he was a very intelligent guy. May he rest in peace. I'm sorry for the Abel's family lost. ”
58 of 67 | Posted by: Rachael Goswick Wynne - longview, TX

“All of us here at work were so sad to hear of your loss of Eric. He was a great young man. Your bug guys.... ”
59 of 67 | Posted by: Bryan White - Longview, TX

“Dear Ron & Amanda, There are no words at a time like this, except to say we love you both and hurt with you over your loss. Our prayers will be with...Read More »
60 of 67 | Posted by: Byron & Debbie Henson - White Oak, TX

“I am sorry for your loss. Eric always had a smile on his face and loved his Savana. We are praying for you and your family. ”
61 of 67 | Posted by: Janet hargett - longview, TX

“Mrs. Sharon, Kelly, Brent and Leslie. My heart goes out to all of you and your family during this most tragic time. You have my deepest sympathy. ...Read More »
62 of 67 | Posted by: Craig Arnold - Oceanside, CA

“Sharon and Kelly, I can not express in words how my heart hurts for you. I know that your world was wrapped around Eric and part of you is gone now,...Read More »
63 of 67 | Posted by: Nena Fogle - Longview, TX

“With deepest sympathy. We are hurting for you. Please, if we can do anything let us know. ”
64 of 67 | Posted by: Judy & Richard Evans - Bedford, TX

“we have known Eric for many years. He was a complete joy to be around. He could make you smile even in the darkest of times. His witt, charm, and...Read More »
65 of 67 | Posted by: Gary and Alicia Rudd - Henderson, TX

“We have known Eric for many years through racing. I can truly say, without hesitation, that Eric's spirit was one that could lift anyone at anytime....Read More »
66 of 67 | Posted by: Brad Smith - Whitehouse, TX

“Words can not express our sadness for your family. May God comfort you during this time. With Sincere Sympathy, Samantha Carl Barton & Staff @...Read More »
67 of 67 | Posted by: Samantha Barton - Longview, TX


A Celebration for the life of Eric Abel, 21, are scheduled for ten a.m. Saturday at the New Heights Church with Pastor Joe T. Winn officiating. Visitation for Eric will be Friday night from 6-8 at Rader Funeral Home on Judson Rd. in Longview. Eric passed from his earthly home to be with his Heavenly Father on February 23, 2010 following a tragic car accident. Eric often spoke of what a great life he had and how God blessed him so much. He had so many friends and made each one of them know how very important they were to him. They in turn always knew they could count on Eric for anything. He was abundantly loved by his parents; Kelly and Sharon Abel and thanked them often for all they did. His very special love, Alicia Newell and Eric had spent the last two years riding his beloved Yamaha R 1 street bike and playing on beaches in Florida and having fun in Vegas. Most Recently he had bought a Rhino and had spent the last two week-ends "Mudding" with his dad, Alicia and other "Mud" friends. Eric was a motocross racer and one of the best in the U.S. He lived for adventure with his family and friends. Each one of us will miss his spirit of love and concern for others. He was truly "One in a Million." He was preceded in death by his uncles; Bill McIlwain, Billy Courtney and Bill Abel; grandmother Lois Baker, grandfather Don Abel; and great-grandmothers Lois Irby and Jessie Gunter. Surviving Eric are his parents Kelly and Sharon Abel of Longview; brother Brent Cochran and wife Leslie of Spring, TX.; brother Ronald Abel and wife Amanda of White Oak; sister Tonya Montgomery of Hallsville; grandparents Mitchel and Pauline Courtney of Tatum; numerous aunts and uncles Karen McIlwain of Tatum, Mike and Tina Courtney of Carthage, Sally Courtney of Beckville, Jimmy and Anita Courtney of Tatum, Joe and Loretta Winn of Georgia and Missy Boggs and Ron Roys of Alexandria, VA., Shane and Ann Beth Abel of Denton, TX; many nieces nephews and cousins.

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