MOUNT HOLLY - Earl F. Abernathy, 85, passed away July 30, 2014.
He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Hester and Pearl Smith Abernathy.
He was preceded in death by six sisters and five brothers. He was a US Army
Veteran and a lifetime member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Sheila Carpenter and husband Bobby and Ronda Abernathy all of Mount Holly; one son, Dan Abernathy and wife Pam of Wingate; five grandchildren, Brian Carpenter and wife Chandra of Gastonia, Laura Ballard and husband Nick of Gastonia, Christina Dawn Kallio and hus-band Jon of Anderson, S.C., Leslie Mahoney and husband Tommy of Anderson, S.C., and Brandon Law-son of Mount Holly; one sister, Nancy Webb of Greenville; six great-grandchildren.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Abernathy will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Kinman officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 3717 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia NC 28056.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family at www.woodlawnfuneral.org.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly, NC is serving the family.