Abbie Renae Pannell Speer, 66, of Ashville, AL, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2023.
Abbie was born November 9, 1956, to Howard and Pat Pannell, and she grew up in Trussville. She graduated from Hewitt Trussville High School in 1975. She worked in the dental field for the majority of her life making dentures and partials. She loved horses and all things Native American. She collected turquoise and loved showing off her jewelry whenever she got a chance. She loved camping, boating and fishing, although her health made it difficult to do these activities in these last several years. She was so happy being around her grandchildren.
Abbie was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Howard Pannell; Jack Speer, the father of Neal and Ashley; and her granddaughter, Macee Jo Armstrong.
She is survived by her mother, Pat Pannell Harding (Edwin “Bill”); sons James “Neal” Speer Jr. (Tracie); Austin Lazar, and daughter Ashley Armstrong; loving grandchildren, Peyton and Nealey Armstrong, Sadie Speer, Gavin Lazar, and Elijah Chamblee; her sisters Rhonda (Gary) Piper, Gayle (William) Lopez, and Julie Sadler; her brothers Tom Pannell, and Kenny (Linda) Pannell; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Jefferson Memorial funeral home on Thursday, July 27. Family visitation at 10:30; other relatives and friends visitation at 11:00; with service starting at 12:00 in the Chapel. Burial to follow in the cemetery.
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond's glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the autumn's gentle rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.