Joshua Michael Abernethy

August 28, 1987August 5, 2012

Joshua Michael Abernethy, 24, passed away August 5, 2012 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.

Joshua was born August 28, 1987 in Burke Co. to Charlie Abernethy and Michelle Clay Townsend.

He was preceded in death by mat/great grandmother, Joyce Duncan; mat/great grandfathers, Arris Rowe and Junior Duncan; pat/great grandparents, Harrison and Allie Abernethy, Letcher Warf and Vernon Warren.

He attended Winkler’s Grove Baptist Church and was a self employed painter.

Surviving are his wife, Katherine Starnes Abernethy of the home; daughter, Kalli Abernethy of the home; parents, Michelle Clay Townsend and Scottie of Hickory, Charlie Abernethy and Ginger of Hildebran; mat/grandparents, Wayne and Debi Davis of Hickory and Michael & Patsy Clay of Winston Salem; pat/grandparents, Pete and Sharon Abernethy of Valdese and Dave and Brenda Fleming of Vale; brothers, Senior Airman, Jordyn and Katie Beth Townsend of Robbins, Ga, Chase Abernethy, Kendall Abernethy and Dusty Swanson of Hildebran; mat/great grandmother, Sarah Rowe of Hickory, Kendall Abernethy of Hildebran and Dusty Swanson of Hildebran, and pat/ great grandmother, Lucille Warren of Hickory; mother & father-in-law, Jimmy and Tonia Starnes of Taylorsville; very special great aunt and uncle, John & Pat Morris of Connelly Springs and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be Wednesday, August 8, at 3:00 P. M. at Winkler’s Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Faulkenbury and Reverend Paul Deal officiating.

Burial will follow in Catawba Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 until 2:45 PM at the church.

Condolences may be made online at

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2012


  • Burial

Joshua Michael Abernethy

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Lynn Mull

August 13, 2012

Continuing to lift you up in our prayers. God has the ultimate control and I know that He will supply the peace that you need to endure. Love all of you. Randy, Lynn, Tyler & Harley

Rickie Martinat

August 11, 2012

Michelle & Scottie,
So sorry to hear of your loss!! You are two very special people!! My thoughts and prayers go out to you & your families!
May God continue to give you the strenghth & courage that you so need at this time!
Love & Prayers
Rickie Martinat (Cubbard Express)

Candy Lazenby

August 10, 2012

Michelle and Family,
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of your great loss of your precious son. You and the family have been and will continue to be in our prayers. May God wrap His loving and comforting arms around you during this time and give you strength,courage and peace as only He can give.
Love and prayers,
Mike and Candy Lazenby

Shirley and James Moses

August 9, 2012

We are so very sorry to hear of your great loss. We pray for God in His mercy and wisdom will guide and comfort you all through the days ahead .

Billy and Robin Arney

August 8, 2012

Our prayers are with Michelle & Scottie, Jordyn & Katie, and all of Josh's family and friends during this difficult time. As humans we often ask "Why?" because we are living in the here and now, but we know God is on His throne seeing the big picture. May His grace comfort you and hold you up beyond all your imagination.

Lori Moses

August 8, 2012

Michelle I pray that God will comfort you during this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

August 8, 2012

Michelle, My words can not express how sorry I am for your loss of Josh. I pray that God will give you peace, strength, and comfort today and the days ahead. Please know that we are praying for you, and will continue!!I love you, and my heart breaks for your family!! April Good

Steve Rash

August 8, 2012

Michelle you and the family are in our prayers. Steve, Jamie and Jordan

The Bowmans

August 8, 2012

Can't tell you how sorry we are about your loss of Josh. Please know that we are lifting you up daily to Jesus for His strength and grace through this time. We love each of you and will continue to pray for you all.
With love, Ed, Paula & Austin

BennyPiper Stephens

August 8, 2012

Your family is in our prayers. May God give you the peace and comfort that you need.