Frank H. Abernathy Jr.(1921 - 2014)

Frank H. Abernathy Jr.

Suffolk - Frank H. Abernathy Jr., 92, Suffolk, VA, formerly of Hopewell, VA and Lake Gaston, NC, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Nansemond Pointe Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Frank (Franklin) was born October 12, 1921, in Dolphin, VA, the eldest son of Frank Hobson Abernathy and Annie Gertrude Lucy Abernathy. He was predeceased by his parents, his wives, Georgie Lee Mayes, and Norma Short, and his brother, Marion W. Abernathy.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl F. Abernathy, Bloomington, IL, and a son, Robert F. (Elaine) Abernathy, Suffolk, VA, two grandchildren, Kelly (Travis) Myles, and Lee P. Abernathy, and a great grandchild, McKenna Myles. Also surviving is his brother, Warde R. (Elaine) Abernathy of Mechanicsville, VA., several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Frank served as an airfield builder in the U.S. Army attached to the Army Air Corps, Pacific Theater, in World War II. After his service, he worked for Hercules Powder Company in Hopewell, VA and retired as a shift supervisor. At his retirement, he moved to his property on Lake Gaston, NC, and finally moved to Suffolk, VA. During his life, he was active in First United Methodist Church in Hopewell, Olive Branch United Methodist Church, in Gasburg, VA, and Suffolk Christian Church. He was Virginia State Jurisdictional President of the Woodmen of the World Society in 1971, Beech Camp #264, and was an active member for many years. He was a Charter Member and Past President of the Lake Gaston Lion's Club. He also was a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Frank loved to sit on his porch, watch the lake, and volunteer in his community. He had a smile for everyone and loved to tease his pastor.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hillcrest Retirement Center, Nansemond Pointe, and Gentiva Hospice for their care during his stay.

A memorial service will be held at Suffolk Christian Church, 216 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA on Monday, May 12 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Michael D. Halley officiating. A reception and visitation will follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to East Virginia Youth Camp, Woodmen of the World Society, 127 Alabama Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188 or Olive Branch United Methodist Church, 4141 Gasburg Rd, Gasburg, VA 23857, or Suffolk Christian Church, 216 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434. R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington Street, Suffolk, VA 23434 is serving the family. Condolences may be registered online at

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R.W. Baker Funeral & Co.
509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA 23435
(757) 539-4691

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 10, 2014