Mr. Ray Abernathy, 83, of Winder died Monday, July 23, 2012.
Ray was born April 1, 1929 in Helen. He was a 1946 graduate of Towns Co. High School and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture from Berry College in 1950. He served proudly in the US Navy
from 1952-56. He worked for the Dept. of Agriculture for 30 years beginning in the Veteran Training program, then as a county supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration before retiring as the Assistant District Director in 1984. Upon his retirement from the government in 1984, he started his second career in real estate development both building and managing apartments. He retired again in 2009. He called Winder home for 52 years where he was an active member of the Lions Club and the First Baptist Church Brotherhood Sunday school class for most of this time. He enjoyed yard work, gardening and the Georgia Bulldogs. His parents Joel and Gillie Abernathy preceded him in death.
He is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Martha; his eldest son, Mike of Athens; and his youngest son, Jerry and daughter-in-law, Susan of Dacula, along with his grandkids, Erin and Kyle Abernathy.
The family will receive friends at Smith Funeral Home Sunday, July 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church in Winder, Monday July 30 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Irby Stanley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Winder First Baptist Church Paydown Presson fund, 635 Jefferson Hwy, Winder, GA 30680,
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.