Milton B. Abernathy

September 8, 1922May 29, 2013

Milton Bryant Abernathy

Milton Abernathy, 90, passed away Wednesday May 29, 2013 at Douglas T. Jacobsen State Veterans Home after a long journey with Alzheimer's Disease. He was born to Arthur & Sinahlue Abernathy September 8, 1922 in Gainesville,Texas and moved with the family to Washington, DC when he was 7. After graduating from Anacostia High School, Milton joined the US Army Air Corps and served as a Navigator on a B-17 based in Molesworth, England. In February of 1944 his plane was shot down over occupied France and he spent the remainder of WWII as a Prisoner of War in Stalag Luft 1 near Barth, Germany . After the war, Milton attended Rennselear in Troy NY on the mathematic scholarship he had won prior to enlistment. In Troy, he met the love of his life, Lillian Bulger, and married her June 10, 1950 (the day after his graduation). In 1951, Milton went to work for the Central Intelligence Agency in Research & Development . After retiring in 1974, he and Lillian moved to Port Charlotte and worked in Real Estate in Port Charlotte and Englewood. Milton was a former member of St. David's Episcopal Church, the VFW, the American Legion and Ex-POW groups. Milton is survived by his wife Lillian, daughter Diane ( Charles) Deily, son Leon Abernathy, 3 grandsons: Curtis ( Julie), Morgan (Christine) and Casey Deily, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters: Peggy Graham and Wanda ( Jack) Raymond, 20 nieces & nephews and many great-nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers (Winston & Robert) and 1 nephew and 1 niece. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made to "Bayside Operations" (43550 Riverpoint Drive Leesburg, VA 20176) a charity for recuperating veterans and their families founded by Milton's nephew Neal Zimmerman. Visitation will be held from 1-2 pm on Monday, June 3, 2013 with funeral services starting at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Peace at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood You may express your condolences to the family at, Lemon Bay Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


Milton B. Abernathy

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Paul;a Dollins

June 15, 2013

Dear Lillian ,Leon and Diane: I just now found out about Milton's passing. So sorry for your loss. Have missed hearing from you guys and enjoyed when you guys came through and stopped in to see my mom and us. Well, he lived a very full life and good. Hope they find a cure soon for that awful illness. Love, Paula, Alexis & Tyler

Diane Mabey

June 3, 2013

Dear Lillian, Diane & Family,
Words cannot describe how I feel. I am a better person having known Milton & he & Bob are both at peace & whole again.
Magic happen when two hearts become connected and memories can never be erased. May those happy memories comfort you & your family through this most difficult time.
My Love,
Diane Mabey

Paul & Joan Saltsman

June 3, 2013

Dear Lillian, Diane &Charley, ans Leon, I wish that we could have had the chance to know Milton better but we saw his sweet spirit and love and intelligence. Thank you all for your kindness and
caring and we hope that you have peace and comfort at this time.

Linda & Mike Nickele

June 2, 2013

Dearest Milton,It was by a chance phone call to Diane,on what we thought was an ordinary day.That call resulted in Mike&I becoming part of a family that we will love&cherish for the rest of our lives.Never to be broken.We will meet again.I will miss my US daddy,as will Mike.Our deepest love, comfort&prayers to my US mommy,Lily.Love&support to Diane&Charley&their unending care&devotion of their dad,every day.Prayers of comfort to Leon, grandchildren&great-grandchildren,as well as Milton's family.With great admiration&love, Mike,Linda&family. R.I.P.

D. Johnson

June 1, 2013

Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear loved one, Milton. Take comfort in knowing that soon our heavenly Creator will remove all pain, sorrow, and death. Yes, we are promised a hope of a resurrection soon to take place. May you be granted the inner peace and strength to cope with the days ahead. When you have a quiet moment please read the scriptures mentioned below as they will comfort you and give you hope towards the future. Revelation 21:3,4 John 5:28,29 Philippians 4:13

Rhea Cole

May 30, 2013

Aunt Lillian,Diane and Leon,

Uncle Milton means so much to me! He was always there when I needed him! I am greatly sorrowed by his passing. I am sorry for the loss of your husband Aunt Lillian,and your father Diane and Leon. I hope that your memories keep him in your hearts forever as mine will. Rest in peace Uncle Milton until we meet again! When we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! Love to all! Rhea