Billy Ray Abernathy

July 16, 1933November 25, 2011

Billy Ray Abernathy died on November 25, 2011 at home. Billy was born July 16, 1933 to Silas Davis and Elsie Lanier Abernathy. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Preston L. Abernathy and Jerry Lane Abernathy.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams Street (Hwy 55), Apex, NC. Funeral services will be Monday at 1:00 pm at Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh Street, Cary, NC with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Billy was a resident of Windsor Point Retirement Community, a member of Westwood Baptist Church and a member of Wake County Home Builders Association, retiring in 1993.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn Mills Abernathy, brothers Max G. Abernathy and wife Alta, S. Howard Abernathy wife Peggy, and Gerald W. Abernathy and wife Yvonne.

Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Patricia A. Holman (Harry); Carol A. Campbell (Doug); Beverly A. Hering (Clark); Max G. Abernathy, Jr. (Michelle); Jennifer A. Breece (David); Conley White (Kathy); David Faircloth (Jennifer); and Kim Mills Evans (Jimmy). Also one brother-in-law, Paul D. Faircloth.

Thanks are extended to Donna Baker and Mary Bullock for the wonderful care given to Billy and the support to Carolyn for many years.

Memorials may be given to Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh Street, Cary, NC 27513; Parkinson Research, UNC Memorial Hospital Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; or Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 27, 2011
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 28, 2011

Billy Ray Abernathy

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December 2, 2011

We remember talking to you at many conventions and visiting you in Cary,LOve Pete and Martha

skip tuck

November 28, 2011

i am an old candy collector friend of Billy and Carolyn. we haven't seen them for a number of years, but i remember fondly the conventions we shared together back in the early days of the Candy Container Collectors of America. R. I. P. Skip Tuck

November 28, 2011

We will always remember and treasure our visits and times spent with Billy. He was a special person and a great friend.

Fred and Carrie Bowers