Gary Don Abernathy

September 7, 1957July 16, 2012
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ARLINGTON -- Gary Don Abernathy went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 16, 2012. Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church of Euless, 106 N. Main St., Euless. Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Drive, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope's Door, 860 F Avenue, Suite 100, Plano, Texas 75074. He was born Sept. 7, 1957, in Dallas, to Sammy Jack Abernathy and Jo Anne Whitaker. Gary worked as a flight medic for Air Evac Lifeteam. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. A special thanks to Air Evac Lifeteam, First United Methodist Church of Euless and Hope's Door for their support during Gary's illness. "God is Big Enough!" Survivors: Wife, Kristi; children, Gretchen, Kendyl, Garrison and Colton Abernathy; parents; stepmother, Sandra Abernathy; sisters, Merry Wheelock, Andrea Tucker and Jacque Buchanan; brothers, Kerry Abernathy, Robert Whitaker and Thomas Abernathy; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 20, 2012

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July 26, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was a sweet and kind person and I know he'll be greatly missed. God bless you and the children and your entire family.

~Diana Patterson and Mary Martinez

Frank & Linda Spacek

July 22, 2012

I enjoyed working with Gary, he was an awesome guy. He will be truly missed. God Bless his wife Kristi and their beautiful children. We know he had the best Mother and Father-in-law.

Ron Miller

July 20, 2012

Gary, you have positivity made a difference in EMS as it is today. I wonder how many people's careers you have touched. I do remember a point in time, where we were having a get together, and your introduced us to Kristi. We all stared at you because you freaked us out…..You were the happiest person on the planet. Your photos prove this fact. It's been an honor knowing and learning from you.
Gary, you will be severely missed. Your memories will never be forgotten………. Ron Miller

Austin Boger

July 20, 2012

I had the pleasure to have met and work with Gary and he was truly a genuine, honest, passionate, and educated man. He was a definite model of what a person could and should be. He will be missed. May God be with his friends and family

Susan Garrett

July 20, 2012


You have truly earned your wings and now fly with God. Your memory will live in a special place in my heart. I honor you with this prayer:

EMS Prayer

As I perform my duties Lord,
whatever be the call,
Help to guide us and keep us safe
From danger big and small.
I want to serve and do my best,
no matter what the scene.
I pledge to keep my skills refined,
My judgement quick and keen.
This calling to give of myself,
Most do not understand.
But I stand ready all the time,
To help my fellow Man.
To have the chance to help a child,
Restore is laugh with glee.
A word of thanks I may not hear,
But knowing is enough for me.
The praise of men is fine for some,
But I feel truely blessed,
That you, Oh Lord have chosen me,
To serve in EMS.
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Johnny Flitton

July 20, 2012

Gary was a great Medic, friend, partner, and family man. I am ever grateful for the time and shifts we shared in Grand Prairie. I pray for his family and hope we see each other one day. Rest in peace Gary!

Johnny Flitton

July 20, 2012

Gary was a great Medic, friend, partner and family man. I learned much from him and i am greatful for the many shifts we worked together. I continue to pray for his family. May he rest in peace and I hope to see him again someday.

Patsy Garrett

July 20, 2012

Gary Don I know you are looking down on your family and friends and thinking "Dont cry for me" I am at peace with God....We all will miss your smile and caring ways. You will never be forgotten..Aunt Pat

Les Kleine

July 19, 2012

I had the honor of working Ems with Gary at DFW Medical Center back in the 90's we we like to say we learned the most and had some of the best times. We often talked about all the Great things out there and the ones as he would say "the Medics that he Created and Molded " As we moved from there to our flight careers with Air Evac we got to spend some of the best times when we wouold get together and teach classes and everyone knows how Gary liked to talk and Teach . We have truley lost a Great Paramedic, Friend, Father and Husband . I am greatful for the times we had and the many things he taught me . Les Kleine

Carrie Jones

July 19, 2012

I have been praying for you and your little ones, asking God to provide all your needs somehow, even the ones it seemed only Gary could fill. Maybe someday I'll meet you - in Heaven, for sure! It's a wonderful truth to know Gary is with the Lord, so you can grieve with hope, looking towards your reunion someday. I can't even imagine the agony in the meantime, but I know God knows and He will use my prayers as He knows you most need.