OBITUARY

Frank Wayne Abernathy

January 30, 1928February 15, 2012

Frank Abernathy, age 84, entered into rest February 15, 2012 at home. Frank was born January 30, 1928 in Okmulgee, OK., to the late Fred Valle and Laura De Vilbiss Abernathy. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mildred “Mickey” Lowrey Abernathy whom he married on May 17, 1952. Frank was also preceded in death by his brother Fred Robert Abernathy and Fred’s wife, Emily Jean Reeves Abernathy. Frank graduated from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) in 1950 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. While at OSU, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Phi Lambda Upsilon honorary chemical society. Frank began working for Tennessee Eastman Company in 1950 in the yarn plant and also worked in chemical sales and market research. He and his wife Mickey were adult advisors for Sing Out Kingsport in the 1970’s and 80’s and Frank worked with Kingsport Junior Achievement. He retired from ECPI in 1986 after 37 years of service. After his retirement he taught a “55 Alive” driving class for Seniors. Frank was a member of Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church for 46 years where he was very active and served as a Deacon, taught Sunday School, and was a youth leader. Through the church he was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was an avid golfer and tennis player. He and Mickey loved to travel and enjoyed taking cruises and visited all 50 states. Survivors include his children, Beth Mitchell and husband, Gary of Kingston, Don Abernathy and wife Valerie of Kingsport, Carol Jennings and husband Jeff of Gray, and John Abernathy of Providence, RI.; grandchildren, Vicki Lawson and husband Greg of Fall Branch, Greg Mitchell of Columbus, MS., and Dustin and Rachael Jennings of Gray; brother, John Abernathy and wife Virginia of Tulsa, OK.; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from Noon until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, with funeral services at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church Organ Fund or Habitat for Humanity. East Lawn Funeral Home is honored to serve the Abernathy family; you may leave a condolence for the family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com - Arrangements under the direction of East Lawn Funeral Home, Kingsport, TN.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 18, 2012
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Matt Russ

February 19, 2012

Rest in Peace my dear friend and thanks for the golf lessons.

February 19, 2012

My sincere condolences to Frank's family. I have great memories of working with Frank in Economic & Market Analysis at Eastman. Jean Seal (Kingsport, TN)

Shannon Southerland

February 18, 2012

Don, my thoughts and prayers and with you and your family through this time.

Mary Monday Wheatley

February 18, 2012

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May Gods grace and love help you in this very difficult time. God bless .

Tiffany Mathias

February 17, 2012

So many wonderful memories with your family. Much love to you all.

Tommy & Cathy Dean

February 17, 2012

Don, Valerie, Vickie...We are so sorry to learn of the loss of you dad/granddad.
Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Tommy & Cathy Dean

Rex Veach

February 17, 2012

Beth,

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Teresa Cochran

February 17, 2012

Beth,
My prayers and love are with you. Just imagine that reunion in heaven. May peace fill your heart and mind.

Terri Poss

February 17, 2012

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve. My prayers are with you during this time and may the comfort and peace of our Lord Jesus be with you .

Johnathan Garst

February 17, 2012

Our prayers are with you all at this time of loss. Knowing he is in a place of peace and no suffering with our Lord comfort.

Johnathan, Michele, and Matthew Garst