Ricky Thomas Abernethy

August 25, 1955January 20, 2013

Ricky Thomas “Rick“ Abernethy, 57, of Salisbury, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 20, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family and special friends following a courageous battle of colon cancer for three and one half years.

Born on August 25, 1955, he was the son of Billie Menscer Abernethy and Arnold Franklin Abernethy, of Salisbury.

Educated in Rowan County schools, he was a graduate of East Rowan High School, class of 1973. He more recently owned and operated Rick’s Unlimited, Inc. for fifteen years. Rick enjoyed motorcycling and was a FAA licensed pilot and aircraft owner.

Rick was a member of Central Baptist Church, Kannapolis, where he remained faithful until his declining health.

Including his parents, those left to cherish his memories include his wife of twenty-seven years, Vickie Benfield Abernethy; sons Jonathan and Paul, both of the home; brothers Tim Abernethy (Peggy), Don Abernethy (Ann), Frank Abernethy (Judy); brothers-in-law, Reid Benfield (Mary), Burton “Burt” Benfield (Carolyn), Mike Benfield (Sandra); all of Salisbury; uncle, Armond Menscer (Bobbie) of Fayetteville; aunt Lucille Rayson of China Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 6:30-8:30 PM Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Road, Kannapolis, NC; and at other times, the family will be at the home of his parents, Arnold and Billie Abernethy.

Service: 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Central Baptist Church. The Rev. Curtis Parker and the Rev. Allen Reid will officiate. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park, China Grove.

Memorials: The Batte Cancer Center, 100 Medical Park Drive, Suite 110, Concord, NC 28025.

The family extends a special thank you to the Central Baptist Church Family, for all their prayers; Dr. David Turner, staff and volunteers at The Batte Cancer Center for their physical, emotional and spiritual treatment.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  • Funeral Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ricky Thomas Abernethy

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Rev. Max Hayes

January 31, 2013


I am sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Samantha Blocker

January 27, 2013

"Vickie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family."

Gene Clary

January 26, 2013

Vickie and family,
Our prayers are with you.

January 24, 2013

Vicki, With my deepest sympathy I completely understand your feelings. Sincerely, Elaine Burchette, LBC

Jim LaFevers

January 24, 2013

Alice & I were so sorry to hear about Rick's passing. Having lost a life long spouse 11 years ago, I have felt a simular pain. We prayed for your fmily at church tonight, we will continue to pray for you and your family.

Pamela Hawkins

January 24, 2013

Don, Ann, and Family,
Keith and I felt so welcome around all of you during your time of loss.We wish we could of met Rick from everything we heard about him. You all seem like such great people . Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort always. Love Keith and Pamela Hawkins

Cathy Shive

January 23, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in prayer and pray you feel God's angels around you.

Lori Ritchie Brault

January 23, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. I have such fond memories of Arnold and Billie from our time together at New Hope Baptist Church. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

January 23, 2013

Vickie, I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. God has blessed you with so many wonderful people who will continue to keep you lifted up in prayer and support. Cindy Blanton

Mike & Rita Efird

January 23, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.