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William Fred "Bill" Abernathy Jr.

September 27, 1950February 8, 2019

William “Bill” Fred Abernathy, Jr., age 68, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at his home in Rappahannock County. Bill was born September 27, 1950 to William Fred Abernathy, Sr. and Frances Cornell in Middleburg, Virginia. His early years were spent in Fauquier County but his family later moved to Culpeper where he graduated from Culpeper County High School. He attended Roanoke Business College and was a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as a medic. Upon discharge he traveled the United States extensively working in a variety of industries, but his heart belonged in Virginia near his beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. He resided near Old Rag Mountain in a home that he and his family built by themselves.

Bill was passionate about many things, promoting peace, tolerance, and diversity by how he lived and treated others. He stood for loving one another and for giving everyone the space they needed to be their authentic selves. Surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, he devoted his life to his family, his friends, and the many animals that became like family to him. His musical talents were acknowledged throughout the area where he played with numerous bands, the most well-known being THE O.K.’s. He was an extremely gifted artist who had the ability to play most any instrument; but he most enjoyed playing his drums and guitars. His happiest moments were spent writing music and singing with his daughters.

Bill is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Ann “Sandy” Liebel and their daughters, Kiaya and Lhani Abernathy; sister, Carolyn Johnson and her husband Ron of Reva, Va.; nephews Brad Johnson and his wife Victoria of Leesburg, Va. and Blake Johnson and his wife Jane of Culpeper, Va.; adoring grandnephew and grandniece, Ethan and Nell Johnson also of Culpeper. He is also survived by a large number of loving extended family and close friends scattered throughout the United States and abroad. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date to be determined. The Clore-English website will be updated when this date is confirmed. Please share fond memories, stories, and condolences with Bill’s family through clore-english.com website. The Abernathy family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with arrangements.


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William Fred "Bill" Abernathy Jr.

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Pierce Adams

May 3, 2019

I don't remember the first time I met Bill, it being so long ago and me being a young kid at the time. Bill was a good man and a righteous dude, cut from a mold that has long since been broken. I was the Abernathy's neighbor for years on Moon Rd at the base of Old Rag. One would be hard pressed to find a better place to live and die. My mother, Donalea lived and died there and I remember playing guitars with Bill and a handful of others at her celebration of life. I only wish that I could make back and play at his. Sandy, Kiaya and Lhani, my heart goes out to you three. Bill will be missed in this world.

John Pierce

April 5, 2019

Bill and I met in high school. He was a year older. He was the first to acknowledge and encourage my fledgling musical ability. It meant a lot to me, because I respected Bill very much. He was brilliant in many ways, but mostly for his gentle nature and tremendous heart. We spent a lot of time together in our younger days before children and responsibilities took over. I really loved him, and I always will.

Philip Parker

March 3, 2019

Bill and my brother Buddy Parker were good friends. I remember the two of them hanging out a lot with mutual friends. Most of my memories of Bill would have been 40 or more years ago. I remember lots of talk of music and even a few jam sessions. Bill was a kind a gentle soul and always had a kind word to say. My sincerest sympathy to the family.
Philip Parker

Shannon Sisk

February 22, 2019

My prayers are with you Sandy, Kiaya, and Llani. Bill was the kindest, most gentle soul I have ever known. His warm hugs and our conversations were always a highlight for me at the family gatherings. You will be missed. Love and peace to you all.

Tanya Griffith

February 21, 2019

Bill, a man that took kindness to another level. I always appreciated that he took the time to check in and catch up at every family gathering. He was and always will be one of my favorites!
His warm hugs and gentle soul will forever be with us.
Much love, Tanya 🥰

Linda Kelley

February 18, 2019

Going through old photos and found this one of Billy and me. I love it.

Chris & Katherine Kelley

February 18, 2019

Remembering the kindest, most gentle man I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Heaven's riches grow with the arrival of Bill.

Kiaya Abernathy

February 15, 2019


February 14, 2019

I'm so very sorry for your loss and sending prayers and hugs to Bill's family and friends!!! I was so happy to have seen him at the Griffith's family reunion a few years ago!! We sat and talked for awhile and the whole time Bill had that big beautiful smile of his that could brighten anyone's day!!! Bill, you go rest high on that Mountain!!! RIP!! God Bless you all!! Love from his cousin Aline!!!❤❤❤

Kiaya Abernathy

February 14, 2019