Larry Big Abb W. Abernathy

November 6, 1952May 6, 2012

Larry W. Abernathy, age 59, of Northport, died May 6, 2012, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Rice's Valley Baptist Church with Dr. James Hughes, Bro. Sam Delaney, and Bro. Gerald Rice officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dolly Abernathy; his sister, Bobbie Sutton; his father and mother-in-law, Ledger and Pauline Simpson; and his brother-in-law, Man.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Simpson Abernathy; his sisters, Tammy Holcomb and Tina Wagner; his brother, Jimmy Abernathy; his father, Tommey Abernathy; special companions, Bama and LuLu; and a great host of family, friends, and neighbors.

Larry was fondly known by his friends as "Big Abb". All who knew him were richer for having known him. He loved his Lord, his wife and soulmate of 37 years, his church, his family, his friends, his pets, and Alabama football. He was a big, strong man with a gentle heart who loved to have friends to cook and care for. He always made people laugh and left them with a memory. He will be greatly missed, but the memories, his spirit to live, and the love he gave will be with us always until we join in heaven never to part again.

Pallbearers will be Lassie Lovell, Chuck Ashford, Ricky Noland, Brian Latham, Doug Latham, Tim Victory, Todd Russell, Marlin Lindsey, and Tuffy Boyd.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Timothy Winkler, Dr. Stephen Browne, all doctors and nurses who gave special care to Larry, Rice's Valley Baptist Church family, and employees of BF Goodrich and Heritage Health Care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rice's Valley Baptist Church, the American Diabetes Association , or the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 11, 2012

Larry Big Abb W. Abernathy

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Sara Taylor

May 15, 2012

Paula, I was so sorry to hear about Larry - I know you are going to miss him terribly. May God gather you in His arms and provide the strength and peace you so desperately need now.

Linda (Smith) Hodges

May 11, 2012

Paula I was so saddened to hear about Larry's death. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

American Heart Association

May 11, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Luther Abernathy

May 10, 2012

Paula, I'm so sorry to hear about Larry. May God's grace bless you and the family in this time of sorrow.

beverly branch

May 10, 2012

My prayer is that God will give you His strength and peace. I hope that you can feel Gods presence around you. I'm very sorry to hear about your husband, but I know that you believe in God and that you will see Larry again....please take comfort in that.

Judy Boothe

May 10, 2012

Paula, So sorry to hear about Larry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sandy Ballard-Broaddus

May 10, 2012

God's peace will prevail even though we don't know how we will get through the pain. His love and peace will surround you and hold you close. God bless you Paula

Betty Bryant

May 10, 2012

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

May 10, 2012

Paula, I'm so sorry about Larry. I know your heart is broken, but God will get you throught this. I love you and will be praying for you. Rhonda Flemings Bircheat