David Lee Abbott Sr. 81, of Martinsville and formerly of New Castle went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 27, 2009. David served 25 years working for the State Department of Agriculture to promote public safety through oversite of food products. He took great pride and determination in his job. He is preceded in death by his parents: John and Eva Abbott; son Lowell Abbott, brothers Shiny, Rufus and Paul Abbott, sisters Glenna Brickey, Delcie Huffman and Emma Harless. Survivors include his fiancé Shirley Murphy of Martinsville, sons and daughters-in-law Lee Abbott and wife Mary of New Castle, Ind., Mike Abbott and wife Nellie of Roanoke, daughter Kathryn Thompson of Roanoke, son and daughter-in-law Jeffery Abbott and wife Vickie of Lurray, Gregory Abbott of Stanley, Va.; son and daughter-in-law Brian Murphy and wife Jennifer of Martinsville, sister Rosa Reynolds of New Castle, 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Dec. 30 at Paitsel Funeral Home with Pastor John Abbott and David Bishop Sr. officiating. Interment followed at Brickey Cemetery.