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Grover Cleveland Abel, Jr., passed away on December 16, 2020.

He was born in 1943 in Houston, Texas, to Grover and Julia Abel.

He attended Poe Elementary, Lanier Middle School, and Lamar High School, all in Houston, Texas. Grover graduated from the University of Texas in 1965. He owned and sold for G. C. Insurance Agency until its sale in 1983. Grover also owned Las Llanes Ranch until 2010. He was an avid explorer and outdoorsman until his death.

He is survived by his wife Linda Wright Abel, his eldest son, Christopher Bryan Abel (Kristen Jones Abel), and youngest son, Jeffrey Steven Abel (Beth Kelly Abel), grandchildren, Travis Abel and Patrick Abel (sons of Chris), and Maxwell Abel and Carter Abel (sons of Jeffrey).

He was preceded in death by his father, Grover Cleveland Abel, Sr., stepfather, Meyer Lurie, and mother, Julia Chavez Abel Lurie.

In lieu of flowers, the Abel family asks that donations may be made to the following: NAACP, Wounded Warriors, or the ACLU.

No services will be held at this time. You may sign the online guestbook, light a remembrance candle, or send words of comfort to the family of Grover Cleveland Abel, Jr., at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home and Crematorium, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas, (956)399-1331.