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Horace “H.T.” Abston

02/24/1946 - 07/27/2020

Obituary

The family of Horace “H.T.” Abston will celebrate his life of 74 years at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.  He passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020. In support of the health of his family, face coverings are mandatory while attending the service and visitation.  The service will be live-streamed and be available for thirty days on this page. You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon.

Horace “H.T.” Abston was born on February 24, 1946, to Horace and Ethelene Abston in Lubbock, Texas.  He grew up in Lockettville, Texas, with his parents and his sister Cathy. H.T. attended Ropesville Church of Christ with his family. He helped his parents with the Abston Grocery Store and helped farm cotton until he graduated from Ropes High School. He joined the Air Force and left for Vietnam in June 1966 and remained active duty until August 1968, and reserve duty until August 1971. Afterward, he attended South Plains College, where he met the love of his life Johnnye “Mickey” Jordan. They married on August 10, 1969, in Levelland, Texas, at the First United Methodist Church.. Their first-born child Mary came along in 1970. They stayed in Lubbock until 1971 and then moved over the next few years for his work. They lived in Borger, Texas, Charleston, South Carolina, and then Huntsville, Alabama, where their next daughter, Tammie, was born in 1975. They made Lubbock their forever home in 1976 and where his last daughter Shana was born in 1977.

H.T. had a long career in sales, where he made many lifelong friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Some of his hobbies included dirt bike riding with the West Texas Boondockers (1981-1987), reading and watching Western books and shows, and traveling. Some of his favorite spots were Ruidoso, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. He loved the horse races, playing blackjack and Texas Hold ’em, and slots with his wife and girls. He was a huge sports fan; he loved Texas Tech. One of his favorite events was going to watch the Lady Raiders with Mickey.

He was a devoted Papa. He never missed a track event, baseball, football, soccer, or basketball game. He attended every choir concert, play, and dance recital. Anytime the grandkids wanted a shake, he would make them one.  H.T. was a loving father-in-law, brother, and uncle. He was always there with his fatherly advice and words of wisdom. You would never find a more devoted son. He helped take care of both his parents until their passing.  He was also a second father to many of his daughters’ friends. His door was always open to anyone in need.

He opened Raider Nutrition in 2012 with Tammie, where he and Mickey became “Mom and Pop” to many of the customers and how he became a part of the Herbalife family and made many friends.

He will be loved and missed by many, especially by his “Little Johnnye Michael.” The legacy he leaves behind is his family because he taught us that family comes first.

Quote- Grief never ends….but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…it is the price of love.

Survivors include his wife, Mickey Abston; three daughters, Mary (Steven) Backus, Tammie Abston, Shana Nusz; seven grandchildren, Adrian (Ashley Rodriguez) Lafuente, Aaron Lafuente, Hunter Nusz, Anthony Lafuente, Bailee Abston (Henry Waters), Alyssa Lafuente, Kadee Abston; six great-grandchildren, Nevaeh Lafuente, Zaven Lafuente, Addison Lafuente, Jameson Nusz, Violet Nusz, Greycen Abston-Rojas; sister, Cathy (Bill) Elrod, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Ethelene Abston.

Memorials

The family of H.T. Abston has designated the (Children’s Home of Lubbock or PETS Clinic of Lubbock ), for memorial contributions donated in his memory.

Stream

Celebration of Life

Life Tribute

Visitation

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Date:08/04/2020
Start Time:6:00 pm
End Time:8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Date:08/05/2020
Start Time:10:00 am
End Time:11:00 am

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15 Comments on “Horace “H.T.” Abston”

  1. Prayers and condolences for the loss of this wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. May you find peace and comfort in the memories you hold in your heart.

  2. May God comfort you and give you peace. HT was a good friend for many years. You are all in our prayers.
    John and La Quitta Perry

  3. My sympathies to Mickey and all of HT’s family. May the memories of happier times give you peace and comfort as God holds each of you in His hand through this most difficult of times.
    Love and prayers, Joyce Fowler

  4. Mary has been my closest friend since she moved in across the street the summer before 2nd grade. My sister really. HT, Mickie, Mary, Tammie, and Shana became my extended family and have been for 43 years. My heart breaks at the passing of this kind, gentle, and funny man. Be comforted by Revelation 14:13 “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow them.” Love you all very much

  5. Aubrey & I are so sorry. All you Abstons were good neighbors & great friends when we lived on 47th. H.T. will be missed. Since we don’t live in Lubbock, we’ll be watching the livestream and sending hugs and prayers to you all.

  6. HT lived a beautiful active life. He will be sorely missed. May alll those wonder memories bring each of you peace and comfort. We are thinking and praying for all of you.
    Much love to all,
    Renay, Steve and Marissa Mirsky

  7. I remember going to Vegas for an Herbalife event. Moments leading up to the event literally all he talked about was going to PF Chang’s lol. I remember how excited he was to get his PF Chang’s fix when we went. Also i remember the day my mom died. He was up to the hospital to check on us and stayed with us. You will be missed greatly. Tell my momma hi and give her a hug for me. Rest in paradise.

  8. Went to church with the Abston’s in Ropes in the 50’s and 60’s. Just recently bbecame friends on FB. The Abston’s were a a wonderful Christian family. My deepest sympathy for your families loss. Sincerely, Elaine Humble Griffin

  9. I worked with HT at Woolco and he was one of the best work buddies that I ever had. Mickey even kept my son as an added perk. Since I was a single mother they both taught my son the values of family life. I will always be grateful for the Abston family. I can’t believe that HT is now flying high with Angels but he has left a Legacy for his girls and grandchildren to follow and even his freinds. He was the most kind person that has been on this earth and will surely be missed. God bless the Abston family. Prayers and hugs

  10. Horace, his dad, was one of my many Abston first cousins. This description of H. T. sounds like the Abston men: devoted to their children, wives and families, good neighbors and compassionate with the sick. My sympathies to all of you and especially Cathy.

  11. So many prayers for y’all. My favorite memory would be seeing yalls parents transformation on stage at events. They were the sweetest. And HT was always all smiles.

    Love all of you so much.

  12. Living in Lubbock and being a Texas Longhorn fan I knew I would always have someone giving me a hard time, BUT no one ever gave me as hard of a time as HT lol. Every time I’d walk into Raider Nutrition with my burnt orange on he’d always have something smart to say. I can hear his voice saying, “Now Alma! You know we don’t allow that ugly orange in here!” He made one heck of a strawberry limeade with pineapples Herbalife shake 🙂 My favorite memories of HT are the lunches I had over at Raider Nutrition hanging out with him, Mickey, and Tammie. That was the spot. I will dearly miss HT. Abston family, I love y’all and will always be here if y’all need anything! Thanks for sharing your family with me!

  13. He was one of the 1st people I met 30 yrs.ago when we moved to Lubbock , at the we worked together at Walmart, and I was engaged, so it was tradition at that time to have “ wedding showers in the break room, no one really knew me very well, so needless to say only 2-3 showed up ,, it was so humiliating, but up the stairs H.T. came, right over to me and said with his usual huge smile “ What do youall need ?”,, the answer was nothing,, he just gave me the gift,, his incredible friendship , I was a stranger to Lubbock, and he changed all that with his smile,, RIP❤️

  14. Tammy we are so sorry for the difficult time you and your family are going through . We love you for always being there for Dustin and for just being you . If you need ANYTHING please just let us know ! We love you

    Royce & Clara (Jose’) Glenn

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