Abels celebrates his 90th birthday

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Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Abels Sr. of Oliver Springs celebrated his 90th birthday on Sept. 3 with a party given in his honor and attended by many relatives and friends.

He is the son of the late Robert and Nancy Ables, who lived in Rockwood.

He and his wife, Kathleen Daniels Abels, had been married for 45 years when she died in 1991.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he worked as a coal miner in Fork Mountain, Tenn., then at Brushy Mountain Prison. He retired from J.C. Penney Co. in 1984.

He has a son, Kenneth Ray Abels Jr. of Oliver Springs; and a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Danny Chase of Andersonville.

His two grandchildren and spouse are Kevin Chase of Orlando, Fla., and Kristen and Andy Manuel of Newnan, Ga.

Abels is the brother of Lee Thompson of Rockwood and Bobbie Harvey of Valdosta, Ga.

He has two deceased sisters, Betty Lou Ables and Ada Boles Newman; and four deceased brothers, Howard Ables, Allen T. “Boots” Ables, Marvin Ables and Carl Ables.