CHARLES "CHUCK" ABELL JR. - FESTIVAL HONOREE


Charles William Abell, Jr., better known as ‘Chuck” was born on April 23, 1948 to his parents Bill and Jackie Abell. He would be their first and only son followed by four sisters. Chuck and his sisters grew up in the farming community of Welsh. He still calls Welsh home today.

Chuck spent many after school hours working in a variety of odd jobs mostly in the family business. After graduating from St. Paul’s High School of Covington, La. and attending college, in September 1968 Chuck married a beautiful Jennings girl named Dianna Richard. Soon after they began their lives together Chuck was drafted into service by the United States Army. During his service, he was deployed for a tour in Viet Nam in 1969. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Chuck returned home to join his father and grandfather in the family farm machinery business. The business soon grew to a five store dealership. In his own words Chuck was quoted as saying, “No young man has ever been so lucky as to have Raymond and Bill Abell showing him the way”. Their guidance and experience paved the way for his success in continuing the family business.

Chuck is the 4th generation owner of Abell and Son. This year he becomes the proud owner of a business that marks 100 years of being owned and operated by the same family. Chuck’s great grandfather C. L. Abell started the business in 1916, and was followed by his son Raymond, grandson Bill, and great grandson Chuck in becoming a legend in the industry. Chuck’s son Ryan now becomes the 5th generation Abell in the family business that has survived all the perils and changes of our farming way of life.

As his business grew so did Chuck’s family. He and Dianna have three children, Charles W. Abell, III, Ryan Abell, and his daughter Allison Abell Logan. They have been blessed with seven grandchildren that is the joy of their lives.
Chuck is a member of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Welsh as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a member of the American Legion. Being a veteran with love for his country and the men and women who have served her, he has invested in supporting trips to the World War II Museum for our elderly veterans. He has served 15 years of service as Commissioner and President of Jeff Davis Parish Drainage Board #9, and the Welsh Chamber of Commerce. He is a two term member of the Board of Directors of the Deep South Equipment Association. Being a lover of the outdoors, Chuck instilled a love for hunting in his sons. In his belief in honoring safety and following the laws of a good hunter, he became and remains a Hunter Ed Instructor. He is a 3rd generation Rotarian and a Paul Harris recipient. His belief and the beliefs of his heritage in service for others has passed on to his sons as well. He proudly supports their service to Rotary. He continues to enjoy hunting, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Chuck is the owner of Abell & Son, Inc. and Abell Properties, LLC. Being the 4th generation leader of a 100 year old business is the culmination of Chuck's professional life's work. A strong work ethic coupled with unfailing integrity and a rich family tradition offer a model for our industry. By looking back on our roots and tradition we can forge a brave and informed path toward our future.