George R. Abernathy

March 10, 1939January 30, 2012

George R. Abernathy, age 72, of Louisville, passed away Monday morning at Meadowview Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born March 10, 1939 in Henderson, Kentucky, the son of Andrew Maurice and Juanita Rose Gaisser Abernathy.

He was a basketball coach first and foremost, as well as being a teacher. He had a passion and a drive for coaching, which was evidenced by his dedication to his team and players. In his spare time, George enjoyed golf and spending time with his grandchildren.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Melissa Abernathy and Katrina Lashley (Chris); four grandchildren, Kylie Abernathy, Jaxon, Jordyn and Jozie Lashley.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Meadowview Health and Rehab for the wonderful care they provided to George.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in the Chapel of Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to American Lung Association.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 2, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Barbara Ann Hoffman Field

March 28, 2012

I just learned today of the death of "Butch." He was a classmate of mine at Holy Name grade and high school in Henderson, Kentucky, and a special friend in those years. He always had a crinkly grin, was full of fun, was kind, and a great friend to all. He literally got up from his sick bed to come to our 50th high school reunion. I will never forget him.

steve mohon

March 3, 2012

Great coach and Great man.I had the pleasure to play for him in 86 as a freshman, and will never forget him:(

Mike Lane

February 7, 2012

Coach A was always fun to be around, even when he was "mad" at you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you family.

February 7, 2012

My condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort from God during this difficult time.

February 4, 2012

We have been friends for 65 years from the 1st grade. We played together, went to grade school together & attended the same college. I coached against him at the jr & senior level. He was in my wedding & I was best man in his. Of all the people in this world, no one could get you to laugh quicker them him. I will miss him greatly. Bob Martin

February 4, 2012

I had a great time being George's assistant at Fern Creek High School. I learned so much from him. He was a student of the game and a fine coach and teacher. The one word that comes to my mind when I think of George is the word fun. He was loads of fun and always teasing but never being cruel with it. I will always remember him and I am thankful for the opportunity to help him teach the game of Basketball.

Phil Chaney

February 4, 2012

I remember Mr. Abernathy from Fern Creek High School. He had an exceptional sense of humor, was a great teacher and coach. Praying God's peace and comfort to his family during this difficult time.

Nancy Jones Holmes
Class of '78-FCHS

Tracy Caswell

February 4, 2012

Coach was a good man and will be missed. R.I.P. Prayers to the family.

Eric Robinson

February 3, 2012

Sad to hear about coach A. Will always remember his sense of humor. Thanks for being a coach. Many things i learned from him at practice i use today teaching my 3rd & 4th grade boys team and my kids. His knowledge will travel on thru me and my kids and grandchildren. GOD bless and thank you coach. FCHS '87

Denise Marks

February 3, 2012

Mr. Abernathy will truely be missed. He inspired so many students at Fern Creek. He gave us knowledge, laughs and the desire to learn and have fun. Thank you Mr. Abernathy. I am so sorry for the family's loss. May God Bless you all.