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ABERNATHY, Andrew Andrew "Andy" Jackson Abernathy Andrew "Andy" Jackson Abernathy died July 7, 2009, at his home in Stone Mountain with his family by his bedside. He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (1942-1949) as a pilot, flight instructor, captain and a member of the 42-X, an experimental class started by General Hap Arnold. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1957. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in transportation. His career began in Atlanta where he was a manager trainee with Terminal Transport, later becoming terminal manager. It was during this time that he met Clinton Sanders who owned Perkins Freight Lines. He went to work for Perkins, progressing from sales manager to general manager and purchasing the company in 1966. In 1974 he led the merger of Perkins with M.R.&R. out of Crestview, Fla. As vice president and a major stockholder, he was responsible for the Georgia operation and corporate sales program. In 1978 the company was sold to Smith Transfer of Staunton, Va. This was a cash sale, and all officers retired. Abernathy stayed involved in the trucking industry throughout his retirement. During his career he was active in many professional organizations, including the Georgia Motor Trucking Association where he served as president in 1971 and 1972 and was later named a director for life; the Atlanta Motor Freight Association where he served as president, 1957-1958, and was named chairman of the year for 1967-1968; Delta Nu Alpha transportation fraternity; the Transportation Club of Atlanta, where he was a past president; director of the Local and Short Haul Carriers Conference for the American Trucking Association; and a charter member and director of the Southern Shippers and Motor Carrier Conference. Abernathy was also active in many other organizations, including the University of Tennessee "T" Club; Piedmont Lodge #447, YAARAB Shrine Temple, Atlanta; Atlanta Athletic Club where he was a longtime member; Mountain Shadow Kiwanis, Stone Mountain; Silver Wings; and the Atlanta Woodcarvers Club where he was a past president. Abernathy was a devoted husband to his wife, Alma, for 66 years and a beloved father to his two daughters. They enjoyed flying in his plane, camping, fishing at Lake Lanier and attending church together. He served as an elder and deacon at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Survivors include wife, Alma, daughter Courtney McGee and her husband, Greg McGee (Hendersonville, Tenn.), daughter Andrea Counts and her husband, Gurdon Counts, and grandson Jackson Counts (Kennesaw). A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 5140 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA, 30083, 404-292-8212, followed by a reception at the church. The family requests that donations be made to the church in lieu of flowers. Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, GA in charge of the arrangements. www.ingramfuneralhome.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 9, 2009