Denise Inez Abernathy

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Funeral service for Denise Inez Abernathy, 51, of Ohatchee, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Chapel Hill. Burial will follow at Maple Grove. Family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Abernathy died Monday at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Phillip Lynn Abernathy; daughter, Jennifer Denise Knightly (Timothy); son, James Lynn Abernathy (Brandy); father, John R. Smith; sister, Susan R. Pruitt (Tim); brothers, Christopher James Smith (Kelly), Richard Joseph Smith (Barbara), Stewart Wayne Smith (Sue), Jesse Jay Smith (Megan) and John R. Smith Jr.; grandchildren, Xander James Abernathy, Timothy Ian Knightly, Neal Glenn Knightly, Owen Lane Abernathy and Logan Cooper Abernathy; nieces and nephews, Jessica Smith, Jared Pruitt, Zach Pruitt, Will Smith, Josh Smith, Andrew Smith, Nick Smith, Aaron Smith, Jeremy Smith, Sean Smith, Grant Abernathy, and Jarrod Haynes. Mrs. Abernathy is preceded in death by her mother, Murial Ann Smith; sister, Toni R. Smith; gandparents, Jesse and Dora Mae Smith; grandparents, Richard Heaney and Evelyn Dolons; father-in-law, Neal Glenn Abernathy; sister-in-law, Brenda Smith. Pallbearers will be Andrew Smith, Sean Smith, Jeremy Smith, Jared Pruitt, Grant Abernathy, Jarrod Haynes and Josh Smith. Honorary Pallbearers will be Xander Abernathy, Owen Abernathy, Logan Abernathy, Timothy Knightly, and Neal Glenn Knightly. Denise was the youngest of seven children. Family was very important to her. Her parents John and Muriel Smith are a very special part of her life. She married her best friend Phillip 33 years ago and had two children, James and Jennifer. They soon married themselves and provided her with five beautiful grandsons (her heart). She attended Ohatchee High school then went on to get her LPN Degree from Ayers tech. Nursing was natural to her and she was a very important part of the TNCC Clinic at Fort McClellan. She will be remembered as the best friend, daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and nurse you could meet. But the role she relished most was most was "nana" to her Grandboys, Xander, Owen, Ian, Logan and Neal. Online condolences may be made at
Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 25, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Chapel Hill Funeral Home
542 West 52nd Street | Anniston, AL 36206 | (256) 820-5151
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