Carl W. Abernathy, Jr., passed away November 17, 2006 in Midwest City. He was born December 2, 1918, in Altus, OK, to Carl W. and Annye Pearl Abernathy. After graduating from Ozark High School, he attended and graduated from Altus Junior College. He attended OU for a year before enlisting in the US Marine Corps where he spent 20 years. He was captured on Corregidor and spent 49 months in a Japanese Prison Camp. After retiring, he returned to Midwest City where he met his true love, Pat. At his death, they had been married 44 years. He worked in civil service at Tinker AFB as a quality control technician. After 30 years to the day, Carl graduated from OU with a BBA. After his retirement from Tinker, he was instrumental in setting up a XPOW Chapter in Oklahoma City as well as a XPOW State Department. Carl used his time getting a POW tag. Carl volunteered at the VA Hospital. He was a Mason, 32nd, and India Shrine, where he served in Legion of Honor. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Survivors include his wife Pat; three sisters, Margret Imel of Midwest City; Nova Hankins of Eldorado; Faye Gentry of Harrah, numerous loving nieces and nephews, and his loving caregiver, Amy White. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Children's Hospital Transportation Fund, c/o India Shrine Center, 3601 NW 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Arlington Memory Gardens.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2006