Marvie Fair Abernathy

April 6, 1935August 7, 2018

On Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 10:16am, Heaven received our precious wife, mama, nannie, sister, aunt and friend Marvie Fair Abernathy. She was born in Andrews, NC on April 6, 1935 to the late William C. Fair and Martha Irene Fair Sams. Marvie was “born again” when she was 14 years old and went to different churches, singing in a group and praising God. She attended Zacks Fork Baptist Church. She loved her family and spent many years babysitting her grandchildren. She was always a caregiver when needed. Marvie is survived by her devoted husband, Lewis Howard Abernathy; daughter Debbie Bumgarner and daughter Dawn Beane and husband Doug. She has seven grandchildren: Lewis Bumgarner and fiancé Angie Waller, Dena Bumgarner who was waiting on her in Heaven, William Bumgarner and wife Brandy, Madison Bumgarner and wife Ali, Kayleigh Thomas, Seth Beane and fiancé Brittany Philippe, Luke Beane. She has four great grandchildren,; Jeremy Bumgarner, Payton Byrd, Devin Bumgarner and Jordan Bumgarner and one half sister, Patricia Bumgarner and husband Tom. Marvie was preceded in death by her sister; Hillary P. Fair, half sister; Jeanette S. Curtis, Brothers; Wallace Fair, John “Bill” Fair and Charles Fair. A Funeral Service will be held at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00 pm on Friday, August 10, 2018 with Pastor Paul Puett. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Interment will be held at Woodlawn Memorial gardens.

Serving as Pallbearers are Seth Beane, Madison Bumgarner, Payton Byrd, Jeremy Bumgarner, William Bumgarner and Devin Bumgarner.

Marvie was deeply loved by all of us and will be dearly missed…until we meet again. Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at

Pendry’s Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Marvie Fair Abernathy.


  • Lewis Abernathy, Husband
  • Debra Bumgarner, Daughter
  • Dawn Beane, Daughter
  • Doug Beane, Son-in-law
  • Patricia Sams, Half Sister
  • Lewis Bumgarner, Grandchild
  • William Bumgarner, Grandchild
  • Dena Bumgarner, Grandchild
  • Madison Bumgarner, Grandchild
  • Kayleigh Thomas, Grandchild
  • Seth Beane, Grandchild
  • Luke Beane, Grandchild
  • Jeremy Bumgarner, Great Grandchild
  • Payton Byrd, Great Grandchild
  • Devin Bumgarner, Great Grandchild
  • Jordan Bumgarner, Great Grandchild
  • William C Fair, Father
  • Martha Irene Fair Sams, Mother
  • John "Bill" Fair, Brother
  • Charles Fair, Brother
  • Wallce Fair, Brother
  • Hillary P. Fair, Sister
  • Jeanette Curtis, Half Sister

  • Seth Beane, Active Pallbearer
  • Madison Bumgarner, Active Pallbearer
  • Payton Byrd, Active Pallbearer
  • Jeremy Bumgarner, Active Pallbearer
  • William Bumgarner, Active Pallbearer
  • Devin Bumgarner, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018

Marvie Fair Abernathy

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Dawn Beane

August 9, 2018

Dawn Beane

August 9, 2018

Debra Bumgarner

August 9, 2018

My precious mama, I will always remember your sweet hugs and gentle kisses. I miss you so much already. It was so hard watching you leave but I know you are celebrating. Thank you for being so wonderful. You taught me many things about life and love and compassion. I love you mama. Butterfly kisses💖

Dawn Beane

August 8, 2018

Mom you were beautiful inside and out. I love you so much. Thank you for everything you taught me. I wish I could have done more to help you.

Susan Jeavons

August 8, 2018

I have so many good memories of Aunt Marvie. I spent many nights with her and Uncle Lewis when I was just a kid. I remember going on picnics with the family, and we all had such a good time.

I loved Aunt Marvie's laugh. When she got together with her half sisters, it was always fun. All the cousins must have stories to tell too. Debra and Dawn, know that if I could, I would be there.

Aunt Marvie, now you'll be with your brothers and sister and your Mama and Daddy and a grandchild and other family members. What a reunion that will be! Praise God!

I love you. Tell my Mom and Dad I said hello.