William James Abel Jr., 78, of New Bern, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

William James Abel Jr., 78, of New Bern, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

A native of Philadelphia, he served in the Marine Corps for 20 years and worked with civil service at Cherry Point. He was an avid bowler. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans No. 16 in Jacksonville, and a former member of King Soloman Masonic Lodge. He was a CB radio enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Saundra Moore Abel; his children, Angela Blunt of Midlothian, Va., Terri Abel of Durham, Melissa Nelson of Clarksville, Tenn., Patricia Ann Abel of Richmond, Va., and Patrick Abel of Research Triangle Park; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Pollock-Best Funeral Home, New Bern.