MOUNT HOLLY - Lillian Edwards Abernathy, 86, died on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
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She was born in Gaston County and was the daughter of the late Robert Augustus and Blanche Pasour Edwards and the widow of Thomas Lloyd Abernathy.
Mrs. Abernathy was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She taught in the children's department as a Sunday school teacher for many years and was active in the WMU.
She was a graduate of Stanley High School, valedictorian of her class and never missed her Stanley High School quarterly reunions. She loved to garden and enjoyed spending time outside.
She treasured her family and friends. We were blessed to have known her and celebrate her life.
Mrs. Abernathy is survived by one son, Tommy Dennis Abernathy and wife Patsy of Mount Holly; one daughter, Janet Elizabeth Bumgardner and husband Dennis Joe of Alexis; four grandchildren, Lorie Hamrick and husband Charles, Amy Brooks, Brent Bumgardner, Brian Bumgardner; two great grandchildren, Jared and Mason Hamrick.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Grove Baptist Church 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. Gastonia, NC 28056.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Kinman officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Abernathy was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 54 years, Thomas Lloyd Abernathy; five brothers, Kenneth Edwards, Robert Edwards, Wilmer "Bill" Edwards, Albert Edwards, Dwight Edwards; and a sister, Clara Robinson.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. Gastonia, NC 28056.
Online condolences may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomestanley.com.
Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley is serving the Abernathy family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 14, 2011