AHOSKIE, NC – Abner Mitchell Askew, age 91, passed away on December 30, 2018, at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie, NC.
Mr. Askew was born in Lewiston, Bertie County, NC, on April 24, 1927, the son of the late Abner Riddick Askew and Annie Mitchell Edwards Askew. He graduated from Ahoskie High School in 1944, and following graduation attended Louisburg College. While there, he was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Japan. Upon his discharge from the Army, he entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated with a degree in business administration.
After graduation from Carolina, Abner accepted a position with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1950 where he had a long and distinguished career. He served as Chief, Administration and Finance Office of the Manned Spacecraft Center (Johnson Space Center), in Houston, Texas. He retired from NASA in May 1984.
Besides his parents, he was preceded he was preceded in death by his grandparents, six uncles, four aunts, and several cousins, and special friends.
Left to cherish his memory is his aunt, Mildred E. Peele of Ahoskie, NC; several cousins, and special friends.
Friends and family will welcome visitors at the home at 505 Circle Drive, Ahoskie.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Ahoskie, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 2:00 pm, with the Rev. Richard Goodman officiating. A private burial will take place at the Ahoskie Cemetery.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Askew family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.