Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - LaGrange

1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA


Otis J. Abernathy

May 24, 1932March 25, 2020

Otis J. Abernathy, 87, of LaGrange, Ga died March 25, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Abernathy was born May 24, 1932 in Chambers County, Alabama, son of the late William M. Abernathy and Mary Leila Shockley Abernathy. He had lived in the LaGrange area since July 1962 and was a member of the First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange, Georgia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Kaye Collins.

Mr. Abernathy received the B.S. in Education, M.S. and Specialist degrees in Educational Administration from Auburn University. He was a past Director and served as Chairman of the Board for West Georgia Health Systems several times over a period of twenty years, served as Chairman of the Hospice Charitable Trust Advisory Board from 1995 to 2020, served on the Troup County Board of Health for 18 years, served as a Trustee on the Board of Camp Viola, served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, served as sixth grade teacher, elementary school principal, high school principal, and Superintendent of Troup County Schools for 18 years.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine L. Abernathy, of LaGrange, GA; son, Marvin Randy (Megan) Abernathy of LaGrange, GA; grandchildren, Andrea (Steve) Evans and Andy (Anna) Baxley; seven great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A Private Graveside Service will be held Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Shadowlawn Mausoleum in LaGrange, Georgia with Rev. Cade Farris and Dr. Paul Baxter officiating. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held after the current health crisis subsides.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice LaGrange Charitable Trust, 1514 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240, in memory of Mr. Abernathy.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA


  • Catherine L. Abernathy, Wife
  • Marvin Randy (Megan) Abernathy, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Andrea (Steve) Evans, Grandchild
  • Andy (Anna) Baxley, Grandchild
  • Seven, Great Grandchildren
  • Several, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, other Relatives & Friends


  • Private Graveside Service


Otis J. Abernathy

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Ronald Abernathy

March 29, 2020

Otis was a kind, loving, caring: son--grandpa--cousin--friend. We will miss you "June Bug".

Charles Saxon

March 28, 2020

He was a great person and dynamic educated person. His memories will live on in Troup County School thanks for the memories . Mr. Abernathy

Frank Bowling

March 28, 2020

Otis was a gentle, kind, wise and loving man who served the Lord, his community, his church and family with selfless devotion. His front porch was an oasis for happiness and fond memories. Oh, if rocking chairs could talk. As our grandparents, aunts and uncles passed away, Otis hosted family gatherings and took the lead in keeping the family close and connected. For that we are forever grateful. He made everyone feel loved, welcome and appreciated. We miss him greatly. Aunt Mattie's kids - Alene, George, James, Frank, Mary Ann, Russell, Zelna and Janice

Billy Middlebrooks

March 27, 2020

Randy and the Abernathy family I am so sorry to hear of mr.abernathy passing away. He was my elementary principal at mountville and troup high. He was a great boss, a great mentor and a great friend. He touched many lives in his years ad an educator. He was always a great role model for how to treat your fellow man and will be missed.

Nancy Suit

March 27, 2020

Mr. Abernathy was my 6th grade teacher and I have such fond memories of him. He was kind and such a good teacher. He inspired us to never give up, no matter the circumstances by sharing the story of his early life with us. He lived a life of meaning and purpose as he helped so many students through out the years. I shall always be grateful to him ! May the memory of what he did for others give you peace and joy in the days to come.

Robin Schultz

March 27, 2020

Aunt Louise, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Otis. Although we are far apart, please know that we are with you in our thoughts. Kelli and I both cherish the times that we spent with you and Otis. He was just the nicest man. Kelli chuckled last night remembering when he drove the Lincoln in the wet grass and left the big ruts in your beautiful yard while he was shuffling cars around for everyone! Mama will miss him as he was a dear friend to her. She always listened to his words of wisdom and advise.

Sharon Murphy

March 26, 2020

A life well lived. He was truly a great man that touched many lives. Joseph (Wade), has always said "Next to my dad (Howard Wade), Mr. Abernathy was the best man I ever knew." He will be missed!!

Love and Blessings to the Abernathy families.

Gloria Boggs

March 26, 2020

Mr. Abernathy was the superintendent for LaGrange City Schools when I started working. He was the sweetest man. Always concerned for his staff and students! Such a joy to work for!

Mary Piper

March 26, 2020

Aunt Louise:
So sorry to hear that Otis has passed away. I hope the care and love of those around you provide some comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

Juanita Longshore Adcock

March 26, 2020

Mr. Abernathy was my 6th grade teacher at Center School, my Principal at Troup and a great Superintendent! More than that, he was a friend, a gentleman, a Christian example. Always professional, but he had such a caring heart. See you again Mr. Abernathy! Much love and prayers to the family. He left a legacy of people who was made better by knowing him!