Mr. Rodney Gene Abernathy

April 1, 1969July 17, 2010

HICKORY - Rodney G. Abernathy, 41, passed away July 17, 2010 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health.

Rodney was born April 1, 1969 in Catawba County. to Pamelia Henkle Sipe and the late Ronnie Abernathy . In addition to his father, Ronnie Abernathy, he was also preceded in death by his paternal grandfather; Paul Abernathy and maternal grandparents; Samuel and Jacqueline Henkle and mother-in-law Rose Marie Thompson.

He attended Favor Center and was a Car Salesman at World Suzuki of Hickory.

Surviving are his wife; Doreen Thompson Abernathy of the home, a son; Dylan Abernathy of the home, his mother; Pamelia Henkle Sipe and step-father, Gary of Hudson a step-mother; Tommie Abernathy of Hildebran, paternal grandmother; Eva Abernathy of Hildebran and a brother; Shaun Abernathy of Greensboro.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday July 20th 2010 at The Favor Center with the Dr. Jerry Grillo Jr. and Reverend David Thompson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 P.M. until 1:45 P.M. on Tuesday July 20th 2010 at The Favor Center.

Condolences may be made online at

Hickory Funeral Home, 1031 11th Avenue Blvd. S.E. Hickory, NC 28602 is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 20, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mr. Rodney Gene Abernathy

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Rob Wedding

August 10, 2010

So sorry to hear the terrible news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Doreen and Dillon. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

The Wedding Family

August 10, 2010

Dear Doreen and Dylan,
We just heard about Rodney and are so very sorry. I can still see you guys driving up with Dylan to baseball practice. We have thought of you often. I know he will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you and Dylan.

Vicki, Rob, Anna and Matthew Wedding

July 25, 2010

My mind is full of memories of Rodney when he was a little boy, I am so sorry for all of you, such a loss is incomprehensible to me, my prayers go up daily, and i will miss him always, he was always joking around and laughing, love you guys Sharon

Crystal,Aaron,& Ashlyn Rhoney

July 21, 2010

Doreen & Dylan, I am so sorry to hear about Rodney. It was such a shock. I have bought many a cars from him! My son Aaron played ball with Dylan and Rodney was coach. I will pray for you and your family and hope that you find peace during such a sad time.

July 21, 2010

Iam so very sorry to hear of Rodneys untimely death. I know Rodney was your heart, remember when we would talk and talk about our boys at work for hours. Pam, I am truely and deeply sorry.
love always


July 21, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss, Doreen & family, you are prayed for! May God give you peace.

Andrew Shaw

July 20, 2010

Doreen and Dylan,

Rodney was one of those rare coaches who taught through love, humor, and inspiration. He was my son's first basketball coach, and his best. I am deeply sorry for your loss and hope you know that he touched the Shaw family's life very deeply.

Keith Boan

July 20, 2010

Doreen, Dylan, and the rest of the family -
Please accept my sincere thoughts and prayers for you at this time. I feel fortunate to have known Rodney, both as a customer in the car world and as his optometrist. I never remember seeing him without a smile on his face!

July 20, 2010

Doreen & Dylan, I am so sorry for your loss. Rodney was always great to be around and a lot of fun. I could hardly believe it when Katie called and told us. If there is anything Keith or I can do for you please do not hesitate to call. Our Prayers are with you and Dylan. Love, Keith and Kim Taylor

Kris Childs

July 20, 2010

The Abernathy family-

Rodney introduced me to the car business in the May of 1998. We bantered back and forth for almost 5 years as he taught me how to be a tremendous profesional and work to be the best. I wouldn't admit it at that time but he had a tremendous influence on the direction of my automotive career. For that I'll always be greatful. Heaven has truly gained a good one!