Mildred Mickey L Lowrey Abernathy

March 3, 1929March 17, 2011

March 18, 2011

Mildred “Mickey”

Mildred (Mickey) Lowrey Abernathy 81, of Kingsport, Tennessee, passed away March 17,2011 at her home.

Mickey was born March 30, 1929 in Winston Salem, NC, to the late Hugh and Hallie Lowrey and had been a resident of Kingsport most of her life. She had also resided in NY, New Jersey and Mass. Mrs. Abernathy was a receptionist at the office of Dr. Samuel Wiles and also worked several years at the Sullivan County Register of Voters office. She loved people and never met a stranger. She loved to travel; she and Frank visited all 50 states. Mickey belonged to several ladies’ bridge clubs and was a relatively good bridge player. A graduate of Women’s College, UNC Greensboro, she was recruited by Tennessee Eastman Company in 1951 where she worked as a secretary. She met her husband Frank Wayne Abernathy at First Broad Street UMC and married May 17, 1952. Mickey was devoted to church activities at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church , and e she and Frank were advisors for Sing-Out Kingsport. Mickey was an excellent seamstress and knitter and enjoyed a variety of crafts. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving is her husband of 59 years, Frank Abernathy of the home. Children: Beth Mitchell and husband, Gary, Kingston, TN., Don Abernathy and wife Valerie, Kingsport, Carol Jennings and husband Jeff, Gray, TN and John Abernathy, Providence, RI. Grandchildren; Vicki Lawson and husband Greg, Fall Branch, Lt. Greg Mitchell, Columbus, Ms., and Dustin and Rachael Jennings, Gray, TN. Sister, Shirley Moffatt and husband James, Salem, NH. Several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, March 21, 2011 at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church. A Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 PM with Reverend J. Thomas Phillips officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church Organ Fund. Please visit our website at www.eastlawnkingsport to leave a condolence to the Abernathy family. East Lawn Funeral Home is honored to serve the Abernathy family.


  • Memorial Service Monday, March 21, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, March 14, 2011

Mildred Mickey L Lowrey Abernathy

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Norman & Shirley Morice

April 3, 2011

We love you all and will keep you in our prayers! I've lost a BFF and will miss her so much!

Michelle Morice Heath

April 3, 2011

Your entire family remains in our thoughts and prayers as we know how much you miss your wife, mom and grandma! I am so grateful for the visit to our home last summer to enjoy a brief visit and give my girls a chance to know my precious neighbor and dear family friend!

Libby Bailey

March 24, 2011

John & Frank, Thinking of you during your time of sorrow. I know the loss of Mickey certainly leaves an empty space in your lives as well as many of those outside the family because she was such an energetic, happy person - and as you said, truly never met a stranger. Praying for peace and comfort. Libby Bailey from PB&D

March 24, 2011

Frank, Bethy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Mary Katherine Galloway Boggs, Nashville, TN

Vickie Harris

March 22, 2011

Frank, John, Carol and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Mickey loved her children and her family. She will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joanie/Steve Hrivnak

March 21, 2011

Carol, Jeff, and Vicki: We are sorry to hear this news. ShowTime will not be the same without your mom's/grandmother's presence. We know she was so proud of you all.

March 21, 2011

Frank: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Micky fought a long and hard fight. May she rest in peace.

Donna and Jerry Weber

Becky Webb

March 21, 2011

Beth, My condolences for the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rex Veach

March 21, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

Carolyn Lawson

March 21, 2011

Vicki, We were sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. I probably just met her a couple of times, but from what I remember, she was a very nice lady. You have our deepest sympathy. Sue and Larry Lawson