Pauline Parker Abernathy WESLEY CHAPEL - Pauline Parker Abernathy left her earthly body and went to her heavenly reward on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Pauline was born in Union County, NC on July 26, 1918, the oldest daughter of Bert Parker and Myrtle Marze Parker. She grew up in the Wesley Chapel community, and except for a short period in the early 1940's, lived her entire life within a one mile radius of where she was born. Known fondly as Granny by most who knew her, she served her God, her family and her community faithfully. She was a lifetime member of Siler Presbyterian Church where she was known for her dumpling making, her quiet smile and her willingness to do whatever needed to be done. Pauline graduated from Wesley Chapel School and worked in the cafeterias at both Wesley Chapel and Sun Valley High School. She retired from Comar Industries in Monroe and spent her retirement years digging in her flower beds. She took great pride in her yard and was thrilled to share cuttings and bulbs with anyone who asked. She was preceded in death by her husband, David (Bud) Abernathy, brothers: Herman Parker and Frank Parker; sisters: Mabel Parker Robinson and Myrtle Parker Rogers and great-grand-daughter: Jessica Champion. She is survived by two sisters, Ellen McElhaney of Charlotte and Willie Ruth Long of Mint Hill. Also surviving is her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Barbara Abernathy of Waxhaw; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Terry Philbrick of Warrensville, NC; six grandchildren and their spouses; Carol and Tim Lowe of Weddington, Brian and Penny Philbrick of Warrensville, NC, TJ and Jill Philbrick of Marvin, Sharon and Jeff Champion of Indian Trail, Becky and Scott Taylor of Monroe and Bobby and Ashlyn Abernathy of Midland; fifteen great-grandchildren: Parker Lowe, Gini Champion, Jared Champion, Pollie Taylor, Dylan Abernathy, Dalton Abernathy, Thomas Philbrick, Anna Philbrick, Marta Philbrick, Elijah Philbrick, Joshua Philbrick, Brian Philbrick, Jr. and wife Shawna, Zach Wooten and Maddie Wooten; and one great-great-grand-daughter, Brooklynn Marie Philbrick. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in the Siler Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel, NC, after which, Pauline's family invites you to join them at 7:00pm in the Siler Sanctuary for a Celebration of her life. Dress is casual so please come as you are. The Reverend Bruce Powell will officiate. Pauline's family would like to thank the staff of White Oak of Waxhaw's Cottonwood Neighborhood for the excellent care she received. She considered each of you special and often bragged to family and friends about what wonderful care she was receiving there. They would also like to thank the Therapy Department staff who several times over the past three years used their expertise to help her a achieve a quality of life she otherwise could not have enjoyed. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to the Siler Building and Restoration Fund. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. Online guestbook is available at www.heritagecares.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 24, 2014