Donald Abernathy

March 8, 1961October 14, 2011

Donald E. Abernathy Mr. Abernathy, 50, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 8, 1961. Don was the son of Harold and Doris Abernathy. He had a strong voice and played the piano beautifully. A Wake Forest Alumni, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business and Accounting, and most recently worked for Aramark as a CPA. Don was a diehard Demon Deacon fan and cheered them on at football games often. He loved cooking, recently took classes to expand his knowledge and enjoyed trying new recipes. Along with his wife, Cynthia, he learned to pair wine with food and grew their own herbs and vegetables to use in culinary adventures. Don’s granddaughter became the light of his life in April of 2010, he adoringly called her “his little girl” and would do anything to put a smile on her face. He was a selfless father, a strong husband, a determined man and a loving son, brother and friend. Don is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia Abernathy; step-son, Andy Benton and future daughter-in-law, Jillian Madsen; and his precious granddaughter Elisa Benton. Don is also survived by his mother Doris Culp Abernathy; sister, Janet Coleman (Frank) and family and brother Paul Abernathy and family. Don was a loving uncle to several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Abernathy. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 o’clock on Monday, October 17, 2011 at Sardis Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203. Condolences may also be expressed at


  • Funeral Service Monday, October 17, 2011

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Royallen Wiley

October 25, 2011

I was honored to have worked with Don in the Charlotte IMA Chapter. Professsionally, he helped place me in one of my job searches and I know he helped many others find the right job fit during his recruiting career. He was the consummate professional. I will miss Don's upbeat spirit and optimism. It was always uplifting to be around him. May God bless your family during this time of grieving.


October 24, 2011

What a lovely tribute to such a kind gentleman. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that the "God of all comfort" cares for you and your family in your time of sadness.

Marcia Vinci

October 20, 2011

The Charlotte Chapter of the IMA acknowledge with deep sorrow the passing of our dear friend and past president, Don. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Cynthia, and their family.

pamela fearrington- berfet

October 19, 2011

I was so sorry to learn of your Husband's passing. Reading the wonderful stories and looking at the Photo tribute it's very evident that he was a happy & loving person who knew that God blesses us so that we may be a blessing to others.
God is always faithful!

October 18, 2011

Dearest Cynthia,
This has brought such sadness to us when we heard about Don's passing. Such good, fun memories of him. He will alway be remembered and especially the joy he was to be around.
Our deepest sympathy.
Rose & Dave Bollard - Rock Hill, SC

Michele Caisse

October 18, 2011

Sending you my heartfelt condolences. I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Chong Park

October 18, 2011

Cynthia, sorry about your loss, he will be missed at the wine tastings.

Pam & Spergion Henry

October 17, 2011

Cynthia and family, we just heard of Don's passing and are so very sorry. We will keep you and yours in our prayers. God bless all of you.

October 17, 2011

Cynthia, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that he was a very special person to you and many others. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna Agee, Chesapeake, Va

October 17, 2011


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that he was a very special person. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Donna Agee