Betty Gayle Abernathy

April 16, 1941April 28, 2011

Abernathy, Betty Gayle Dickerson Abernathy, 70, of Richmond and formerly of Kenbridge, VA., daughter of the late Wilson L. and Alice Gayle Ferguson Dickerson and wife of Claude A. Abernathy; lost her battle with cancer April 28, 2011. She was a graduate of Madison College, now James Madison University, and was a member of Discovery United Methodist Church. Betty Gayle is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Claude Ashley Abernathy Jr. and Mary Sam; daughter Susan Gayle Abernathy all of Glen Allen; five grandchildren, Tori, Claudia and Logan Abernathy, Jonathan and Kelsey Sligh all of Glen Allen; brother and sister-in-law Wilson L. Dickerson Jr. and Anne Carter Dickerson of Altavista; niece Elizabeth Carter Cosgrove and husband Chad of Powhatan; nephew Wilson L. Dickerson III and wife Melanie of Richmond; grand-nieces Olivia and Genevieve Cosgrove of Powhatan and Madeline Dickerson of Richmond.

The family will receive friends Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 6 pm to 8 pm. at the Parham Chapel,Woody Funeral Home 1771 N. Parham Rd. Henrico) VA. Graveside funeral services will be conducted Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Kenbridge Heights Cemetery. Family will receive friends after the service at Kenbridge Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 30, 2011
  • Graveside Service Sunday, May 1, 2011

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Anne Turner

May 3, 2011

Claude, Just know that I am thinking of you and your family.

Mark Hodges

May 2, 2011

Claude, even though we are not in touch since your retirement, I want you to know that my heart and prayers are with you.

George Davis

May 1, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Jim Revere

April 30, 2011

As an old friend of Betty Gayle’s from early days in Kenbridge, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May each of you find peace in the wonderful memories you share.

Belinda Endrich

April 29, 2011

Susan and family,

My heart goes out to you for the passing of such a wonderful wife and mother. I have many fond memories of your mom. She will be greatly missed. I hope you and the family may find peace in knowing that she is no loger suffering and is rejoicing in heaven with the lord. You now have a very special Guardian Angel watching over you.

God Bless each of you,
Belinda Endrich and family


April 29, 2011

To All the Loved Ones of Mrs. Abernathy

So sorry to hear about the lose of your loved one. God provides comfort for all who are going through hard times by means of His Word. Family and dear friends are there for you too!
God Bless

Taline Fischer

April 29, 2011

Susan and Family: I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I always remember how sweet she was back in our middle school days. I know this is a difficult time, but I hope your many memories bring you comfort. Warmly, Taline (Akseraylian) Fischer

Jean Venner

April 29, 2011

Dear Claude, Ashley & Susan,
My heart goes out to you in your loss. We've had a very long friendship over the years at Discovery UM Church, and my prayers are with each of you as experience this grief.
In the grip of His grace,
Jean Venner

April 29, 2011

Ashley, Tori and family, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother and grandmother. May you all find comfort in knowing that she has received the ultimate gift of eternal life. May God Bless you and keep you all! Lisa Harris

Pam Campbell

April 29, 2011

Susan and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Losing a mother is a deep and profound loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember Susan, your Mom is only a memory away and in your heart forever.