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Charles C. Abernathy
April 19, 1925 ~ September 10, 2015

Charles C. Abernathy, age 90 of Blue Ridge, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at his home. Mr. Abernathy was born April 19, 1925, in Copperhill, TN, to the late Luther H. Abernathy, and the late Elizabeth Ann Hamlin Abernathy.

Charles was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving in both the Pacific and the European Theaters. He was a member of the elite Navy Armed Guard and served on the U.S.A.T Sea Train Texas which delivered troops, trains, tanks and supplies to the European Theater. He also served on the U.S.S. YMS-330 Minesweeper, and participated in the Occupation and Minesweeping Operations in the Empire of Japan, with Task Group 52.7, Bungo Suido Sweep Group. The Minesweep group he was assigned to, cleared HiroShima Bay prior to the arrival of the Occupational Forces.

Mr. Abernathy grew up in the family furniture business, working with his father, mother and brother. Later, he went into business for himself at Charles Home Furnishings. He loved fishing, spinning stories, and joking with friends. He was always fascinated with flying. In his mid forties Charles decided it would be fun, as well as a new challenge and became a private pilot. Charles had one of the best hush puppy recipes around.
Mr. Abernathy was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was well known for his sense of humor and loved being the ''Candy Man'' at church.

Charles was a member and a Deacon of Epworth First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: wife, Marguerite Taylor Abernathy, sons, Charles Brian (Deborah) Abernathy, Allan (Gail) Abernathy and James (Sandra) Abernathy, sisters, Liz Simonds, Sue Ackridge and Lena Rose Earley, brother, Harry Walter Abernathy, grandchildren, Ashley (Scott) McCord, Katrina (Josh) Griggs, Justin (Michelle) Abernathy, Miranda (Jacob) Scarbrough, Alana (Jeremy) Locke, great grandchildren, Logan, Bronson, and Deacon Scarbrough, Alec Goetz Gaivao, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Epworth First Baptist Church with Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. Music provided by Rev. Doug Simonds. Interment followed, with Military Honors in the church cemetery. Mrs. Dorothy Bugg played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Pallbearers: Ronnie Kimsey, Steve Cheatham, Danny Queen, Danny Wilson, Jimmy Foster and Harvey Franks. Honorary pallbearers: Ed Vest, Max Pittman and Deacons of Epworth First Baptist Church will also serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations may be made to Epworth First Baptist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 187 Epworth, Ga. 30541.

Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at
Visitation: SEP 11. 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
at Finch-Cochran Funeral Home, 1478 Blue Ridge Dr., McCaysville, GA, US, 30555

Today my heart is filled with sorrow...
This morning we were told that Justin's grandfather, "Gramps" had passed.
While my heart is filled with sorrow for sons, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, 
great grandchildren, and an entire community's loss...
The sorrow that encompasses me is that for his wife, Marguerite.
Their love spanned 67 years...
Sixty Seven years of true dedication, true commitment, true love.
No matter the challenge, they met it. Side-by-side...
A man that lived his life faithful to his vows.
A man that truly loved his partner, and the lives they created.
A Hero - both Naval and personal.
A GREAT man...
This doesn't begin to describe Charles Abernathy's legacy.

written by Michelle Goetz Abernathy
10 September 2015

Anna Marguerite Taylor Abernathy
November 20, 1923 ~ July 31, 2017

Marguerite Taylor Abernathy, age 93 of McCaysville, passed away July 31, 2017 at her home. 
Mrs. Abernathy was born November 20, 1923 in Maryville, TN. A member of Epworth First Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cutts Abernathy. 

Mrs. Abernathy worked on the Manhattan Project at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during WWII. She graduated from Carson Newman College and taught at Ducktown High, McCaysville and Epworth Elementary Schools, and West Fannin Middle School. 
After she retired from teaching, she worked with her husband at Charles' Home Furnishings. She was a member of the Beulah chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and did calligraphy work for the Georgia Retired Teachers’ Association. Mrs. Abernathy was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting, painting, and traveling with her husband in their R.V.

Survivors include: sons, James (Sandra Hughes) Abernathy, Allan (Gail Raper) Abernathy, and Charles Brian (Deborah Logan) Abernathy; grandchildren, Ashley Abernathy (Scott) McCord, Katrina Abernathy (Josh) Griggs, Justin (Michelle Goetz) Abernathy, 
By Helen Lowrie Marshall

I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun of happy memories
that I leave behind when day is done.

Miranda Abernathy (Jacob) Scarbrough, Alana Abernathy (Jeremy) Locke; great-grandchildren, Logan Scarbrough, Bronson Scarbrough, and Deacon Scarbrough; sister, Jo (Bill) Threlkeld.

Funeral services: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Epworth First Baptist Church with the Dr. Tom Jordan and Dr. Chan Mitchell officiating. Music: Rev. Doug Simonds. Interment will follow in the Epworth First Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers: Steve Cheatham, Harvey Franks, Ronnie Kimsey, Danny Queen, Danny Wilson, and Charles Edwards.

The family will receive friends at the Epworth First Baptist Church Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

                                                                    MEMORIAL WALL

  • SS Sandy Schubert lit a candle in memory of Marguerite Taylor Abernathy - July 31 at 08:04 PM
  • JW Jan Whitaker lit a candle in memory of Marguerite Taylor Abernathy - July 31 at 07:46 PM
  • LW Mrs. Abernathy taught me in the third grade at Epworth. I will always remember her reading us Brer Rabbit. She was so animated and did different voices for all the characters. An amazing teacher who I still remember from so many years ago. James was in my grade and Allen was in my brother Len's class. So sorry for their loss. Lorri Crawford Williamson - July 31 at 07:26 PM
  • TD So sorry for your loss James & Allan. Thoughts & Prayers to the family. Teresa Deal - July 31 at 07:26pm
  • CW Cyndi Wilson lit a candle in memory of Marguerite Taylor Abernathy - July 31 at 12:44 PM
  • CW She will dearly missed. She was a very special lady. Cyndi Wilson - July 31 at 12:44 PM
  • MF Brian, sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have vivid memories of her & my mom working together on Eastern Star stuff. FYI: My wife, Elizabeth your genealogy buddy, passed away May 13 of this year. Wausau, Florida Mickey Ferguson - July 31 at 11:39 PM
  • TH Brian, Allen and James, Sorry for your loss. Your Mom touched a lot of lives. I bet her and Charles are having a great reunion and celebration!! Tom Harper - August 01 at 11:42 AM
  • PM James, Allen and Brian--my condolences on the loss of your mother. I so much enjoyed getting to know Marguerite and Charles at our family reunions. They added so much to the gathering. And I loved your Dad's hushpuppies! I know you have many wonderful memories. I will not be able to make it tomorrow but I understand Charles will. I will have you in my thoughts and prayers. Phyllis Miller - August 01 at 08:31 PM
  • DW Mrs. Abernathy was my 5th grade teacher at Epworth Elementary School. She will always be one of my favorite teachers. She taught our entire class how to knit... which I still do today. Also, her teaching style gave me a love for learning. Because of her, in college. I obtain my degree in English. Mrs. Abernathy was loving and kind, and kept up with what I was doing throughout my life whenever she would see my mother. My prayers are with each of you during this difficult time that God will comfort you in the days ahead. Deborah (Godfrey) Washam

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