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Thursday, May 5, 1940                  Fannin County Times                Front page, vol. 16, Number 51

     Coming as a shock to his wide host Of friends and relatives throughout this and other sections of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, was the recent passing of Mr. Luther H. Abernathy of Epworth Georgia, whose death occurred early Friday morning, April 29, at his furniture store in Epworth, in apparent good health, Mr. Abernathy's passing came unexpectedly.
     Known throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, for his philanthropies and other kind and noble acts, Mr. Abernathy was best known for being the benefactor in the erection of more than 100 churches in rural communities of the three states.
     Being of a an affable nature, Mr. Abernathy was the source of inspiration admiration of a wide circle of ministers, Whose education was made possible by his giving generously of his means in order that they might be better prepared to preach the word of God. The many ministers he helped educate and the many churches he helped erect stand as a living memorial to his good and generous qualities and his love for his fellow man. He was always ready and willing to help those in need, and his daily living was an inspiration to all those who had the privilege of knowing and loving him. HE will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by scores of people from all walks Of life, for he was a true friend to everyone. 
     Mr. Abernathy was born in the Ivy Log community Of Union County, Georgia, on February 16, 1886 the son of the late George and Belinda (correct name is Clorinda) Christopher Abernathy, former beloved residents of Union county and Copperhill, Tennessee. He received his early education in the schools of Union county, and was graduated in 1906 from Highland Park College in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
     In 1908, he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Abernathy was twice married, first to the former Miss Bertha McMillan of Copperhill, Tennessee, in 1908. She preceded him in death many years ago.
    His second wife, whom he married in 1918, was the former Miss Elizabeth Hamlin of Barnesville, Georgia, who survives. In 1907, Mr. Abernathy moved to Copperhill, where he became associated with his father in the operation of the Abernathy Furniture Co., and the Abernathy Funeral Home. He was active in the funeral profession for 33 years, and retired from the business in 1939. He was the 24th man to obtain an embalmer's license in Tennessee.
     Mr. Abernathy was a staunch member of the Baptist Church having professed his faith many years ago. He was a member of McCay Lodge No. 423 F. & A. M., and was a 32nd. Degree Mason. He was also a member of the Epworth Men's Club and an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club.
Funeral services for Mr. Abernathy were held from the First Baptist Church of Epworth, Sunday afternoon, May 1st, at 2 0'clock with the Rev. HL S. Hill, his pastor, assisted by the Rev. Roy Donaldson and the Rev. L. C. Cutts of Cleveland, Ga., conducting the last rites in the presence of a throng of sorrowing relatives and friends, who had come to pay their last tribute of respect to a man who was truly their friend. The church and church grounds were filled to overflowing by the many people of all walks of life who had come from far and near to pay homage to the one man who had done more good and kind deeds for all people than any other man in the Copper Basin. Music was furnished by the Epworth Choir, the Copperhill Quartette, and the Lebanon Junior Choir, Interment followed in the Epworth Baptist Church Cemetery: with McCay Lodge No. 423 F. & A M. in charge of the graveside rites.
     In addition to his wife, Mr. Abernathy is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Quentin Stepp of Alcoa,    
 Tenn.; Mrs. A. R. Myatt, Jr., of Epworth, Ga.; Mrs. Cran Stillwell of Copperhill, Tenn.; Mrs. Louie Simonds of Hemp, Ga.; Sue and Lena Rose Abernathy of Epworth, Ga.; six sons, Frank Abernathy of Young Harris, Ga.; Robert Abernathy, of Copperhill, Tenn.; L. H. Abernathy, Jr., of Smyrna, Ga.; Carl Ed and Charles Abernathy of Epworth, Ga. and Harry Abernathy of Cleveland Ga.; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Cole of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Abernathy and Oscar Abernathy of Copperhill, Tenn.; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    Active and honorary pallbearers were composed of members of McCay Lodge No. 423 F. & A. M. large number of beautiful floral offerings bear mute testimony of the high esteem felt for Mr. Abernathy by his wide circle of friends. The family has the sympathy of the entire section in their bereavement.
     The Frank Abernathy Funeral Home of Young Harris, Georgia was in charge of all arrangements.

                     CARL EDD ABERNATHY

Birth: Apr. 22, 1922 Polk County, Tennessee,
Death: Aug. 24, 2009 Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia
     Mr. Carl Edd Abernathy, age 87, of Blue Ridge, GA passed away Monday, August 24, 2009 at home. Carl Edd was born on April 22, 1922 in Polk County, TN, to the late Luther H. and Elizabeth Ann Hamlin Abernathy. He was a deacon and member of Epworth First Baptist Church and was preceded in death by brothers, Frank George Abernathy, L.H. Abernathy and Robert Abernathy, sisters, Lina Steppe, Sally Myatt and Nellie Stillwell.
     Survivors include: wife, Laura Abernathy, daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Michael Helton of Cherry Log, son & daughter-in-law, George Luther and Sonja Abernathy of Australia, son and daughter-in-law, William and Lisa Abernathy of Mason, Ohio, daughter and son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and Tom Stager of Flowery Branch; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Marguerite Abernathy of Epworth, sisters and brother-in-law, Elizabeth Ann and Lewis Simonds of Epworth, sisters, Edith Sue Akridge of Knoxville, Lena Rose Earley of Blue Ridge, brother, Harry Abernathy of Blue Ridge, grandchildren, Sarah Katherine Coleman, Brandon James Helton, Christopher Ryan Abernathy, Scott Michael Abernathy, step-grandchildren, Alex Vavasour, Tamara Vavasour, great-grandchildren, Tristian Chastain and Kayleigh Ann Coleman. Survivors also include nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 28 at 4:00 PM from the Epworth First Baptist Church, and Mr. Abernathy will lie in-state from 3:30 P.M. until time of service. Dr. Tom Jordan will be officiating. 
Music will be provided by Doug Simonds and Tammy Mason.  Pallbearers will be Brandon James Helton, Christopher Ryan Abernathy, Scott Michael Abernathy, Kenneth Martin, Tom Stager and Michael Helton. Honorary Pallbearers, Deacons Epworth First Baptist. 
     Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors by the North George Honor Guard with Tapps by Macy Corbin. The family will receive friends at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Thursday evening

 Laura Martin Abernathy
April 13, 1930 - April 13, 2015

          Laura Martin Abernathy, 85, of Epworth, Georgia, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. She was born in Toledo Ohio to Orlando and Essie Martin.
     Laura was an avid gardener and loved to be outdoors. She traveled all over the world, including Japan, Israel, Switzerland, and Australia.
Laura taught school at Epworth Elementary until her retirement in 1988.
     She was preceded by her husband, Carl Edd Abernathy. She is survived by her daughter Ann Helton, son-in-law Mike, her son George, daughter-in-law Sonja, son William, daughter-in-law Lisa, daughter Mary Beth Stager, son-in-law Tom, grand daughter Sarah Kendall, grandsons Brandon Helton, Chris Abernathy, Scott Abernathy, great grandchildren Kayleigh Ann and Tristian.
     Surviving siblings Opal Martin Corbin and her husband Charles brother Malcolm Martin (sister in law Emily Martin recently deceased.) numerous nieces and nephews
     Funeral services Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:00 PM from Epworth First Baptist Church with Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. Music by Doug Simonds.
     Interment will follow in the Epworth First Baptist Church Cemetery.
     Pallbearers, Christopher Abernathy, Scott Abernathy, Brandon Helton, Kenneth Martin, Tom Stager and Dale Corbin.
     Family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6 till 9PM at Finch Cochran Funeral Home in McCaysville, Georgia.
     Donations may be made to Epworth First Baptist Church Missions Fund P.O. Box 187, Epworth, Georgia 30541

     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 SeaTrain 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 (Hiro Wan Kure Ko Channel Sweep and Kure Naval Base Sweep).
     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, joking with friends, and was also 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, 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 and music provided by Rev. Doug Simonds.  Interment followed in the church cemetery, with Military Honors and Mrs. Dorothy Bugg playing 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 will receive friends at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
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 www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

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, 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.

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