Joseph Reid Abernethy Jr.

February 15, 1924December 6, 2011

Joseph Reid Abernethy, Jr. Mr. Abernethy, age 87, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Presbyterian Hospital - Huntersville. Born February 15, 1924 in Charlotte, he was a son of the late Joseph Reid Abernethy and Alea Crowell Abernethy. Mr. Abernethy served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the submarine, CERO (1942-1946). He retired from Macke Vending Company after 30 years of service. Mr. Abernethy was currently employed with Kelly Road Landfill. The service to celebrate the life of Joseph Reid Abernethy, Jr. will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 10, 2011 at McEwen Funeral Service - Derita Chapel with The Reverend Steve Bass, officiating. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Survivors include children, Joe Abernethy, III and wife, Luella, of Iron Station, Donnie Blackmon of Charlotte, Beverly Brewer and husband, Butch, of Charlotte, Becky Dewese and husband, Terry, of Huntersville and Joey Jordan of Davidson; brothers, Kenneth Abernethy (Deany), of Summerville, SC, Melvin Abernethy (Barbara) of Rock Hill, Charles Abernethy (Nancy) of Charlotte, Lee Abernethy (Sandy) of N. Charleston, SC and Earl Abernethy (Kathy) of Indian Trail; sisters, Ruth Gullick of Victoria, TX, Evelyn Robinette of Sykesville, MD and Sara Meissner (Greg) of Mountainside, NJ; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Abernethy was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Martin Abernethy; son, Frank Abernethy; and brothers, Harrison, Gene and Bill Abernethy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by McEwen Funeral Service - Derita Chapel, 6300 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 (704-596-3291)


  • Visitation Saturday, December 10, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 10, 2011

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December 10, 2011

RIP, shipmate. Sincere condolances to friends and family. We never met, but any boat Sailor is a good Sailor.

Dale Patterson RMCM(SS)
Clemmons, NC

Paul Myers

December 9, 2011

Sorry for you loss our thoughts and prayers are with you...Fair winds and following seas fellow shipmate. Paul and Sandra Myers- Carolina Piedmont Subvets

Chaplain Ray Fritz

December 9, 2011

As far as I know, we did not know Joseph personally but we are sorry for your loss and grateful for his service to his country in the United States Submarine service in WWII. You are in our thoughts and prayers that you may know God's comfort and peace in this time of sorrow and His blessings as you journey onward.
Chaplain Ray Fritz
Carolina Piedmont Base, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.

Brant Hart

December 9, 2011


My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Sherry Shirey

December 8, 2011

To Joe Reid, Beverly and Becky
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I hope you find some comfort and peace in knowing he is with love-ones. Love to all of you.

Sherry O'Daniel Shirey

Sandy Arndt

December 8, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss, and I am thinking of you and your family. If you need anything, please give me a call. Love You Joey

Steven Holbrooks

December 8, 2011

My heart goes out to the family. You (J.J.) will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss.

Debie Ferguson

December 8, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless you with the strength you need.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Debie Ferguson

Patty Koski

December 8, 2011

Our prayers go out for your family at this time. We know your dad is with God and your mother.

Kim Kistler

December 8, 2011

Sorry I forgot to sign my entry. Mine is the first message.