Jessie Eli Abernathy, age 87, of Greenhill, Ala., passed away Monday, March 29, 2010, after an extended illness at his residence.
He was a native of Lauderdale County, Ala., member of St. Joseph Church of Christ and was a retired labor foreman for TVA. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed farming.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruby Canerday Abernathy, parents, Willie and Elizabeth (Holden) Abernathy; daughter-in-law, Faye (Dean) Abernathy; brothers, Donnie Abernathy, Willie Earl Abernathy, Lois Abernathy; sisters, Mary Ruth Myrick, Helen Liles, Louise Myhan and Lou Jean Chaney.
Survivors are sons, Wayne Abernathy, Danny and wife, Paulette Abernathy, Ricky and wife, Tammy Abernathy, Roger and wife, Donna Abernathy; daughter, Joan and husband, John Dean; brothers, R.H. Abernathy, Tommy Lee Abernathy, Gene Ed Abernathy; sisters, Virginia Frazier, Betty Sue Marks; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Greenhill Funeral Home chapel. Officiating will be Brother Tim Grigsby and Brother Dennis Hudgins. Burial will follow, with military honors, in Emmaline Stutts Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at Greenhill Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Wade Abernathy, Carroll Dean, Wendell Dean, Jeremy Abernathy, Jaran Abernathy, Blake Abernathy and Christopher Key.
Honorary pallbearers are Tyler Pettus, Dusty Brown, Sawyer Stamps, Raleigh Stamps, Mason Abernathy and Kendell Dean.
Special thanks to Hospice of the Shoals nurses, Cathy, Michelle, Le, Kaye and Dawn.
Greenhill Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.