OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth Russell Abernathy

December 30, 1930March 20, 2013

Mary Elizabeth Russell Abernathy, 82, of Mt. Holly, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She was born in North Wilkesboro and was the daughter of the late Jefferson Claude and Sarah Geneva Jenkins Russell. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Lloyd G. Abernathy. Mrs. Abernathy was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. The family would like to express their thanks to Amy and Jim Dyer, April Lynch, Roger Clemons, Becky Capps, Edwina Capps for the love and care given to Mrs. Abernathy during her illness. Mrs. Abernathy is survived by four daughters, Cindy Clemmer (Paul), Teresa Ramsey (Ervin), Brenda Rushing (Kenneth) of Mt. Holly, Lisa Abernathy (Dale McFadden) of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; one son, Dale Abernathy (Sharon) of Dallas; one sister, Diane Hitch and husband Lynn of Maryville, Tennessee; three brothers, Tommy Russell (Martha) of Mt. Holly, Keith Russell of Charlotte, Jerry Russell of Lowell; twelve grandchildren, Jennifer Carpenter (Brian), Jeremy Kennedy (Nicole), Chris Rushing (Beverly), Suzanne Hutchins (Ron), Joe Clemmer (Jessica), Nic Rushing (Cherryl), Stephanie Rushing, Haley Abernathy, Brett Rushing (Melissa), Cameron Rushing (Chelsea), Tommy Russell, Jr. (Norma), Jeff Russell (Yvonne); seven great grandchildren, Hunter Kennedy, Garrison Carpenter, Gavin Carpenter, Kamden Rushing, Karis Rushing, Madison Rushing, Ava Rushing. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 3717 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia, North Carolina 28056 with the funeral service to follow at 4:00 p.m. Saturday with Dr. Tom Kinman officiating. Interment will follow in Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Clemmer, Jeremy Kennedy, Chris Rushing, Nic Rushing, Ron Hutchins, Brian Carpenter. Mrs. Abernathy was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, Lloyd G. Abernathy; three sisters, Margaret Clark, Louise Cathey, Viola Keller; one brother, James Russell. Memorials may be made to: Family Life Center, c/o Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 3717 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia, North Carolina 28056. Online condolences may be made at www.carothersfuneralhomestanley.com Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley is serving the Abernathy family.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013
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Mary Elizabeth Russell Abernathy

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Connie Sexton Eldridge

March 27, 2013

Lisa,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy.

Bronwyn Long

March 26, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Mary was an angel here on earth too. She was such a sweet lady. She was so loving and caring. I was very blessed to have known her.

Roger Clemons

March 25, 2013

Jennifer luttrell

March 25, 2013

Dear Jeremy & family, my deepest sympathy goes out to your family. The few festive occasions we were all together for Thanksgiving and Christmas were always special and fun. It was especially nice to see sweet Mary:-) May she smile down on us all from heaven. XOXO.

Dianne & Jerry Brock

March 25, 2013

We were so sorry to hear about Mary. What wonderful memories we treasure of being apart of your family. We are so blessed to have had Mary and Lloyd as role models. We love all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy.

Roger Clemons

March 24, 2013

Words will not be able to express how much I will miss Mary. She will always have a place in my heart. I know she is better now but I still wish I could see her. My days will be so different now since I can't personally go see her. I will rest at ease now knowing she is mush better. I love you Mary and you will always be on my mind.

Beth Pryor

March 24, 2013

As the flame shines, so did Mrs."A". A little lady with such a hugh heart who had a full family, but would take in others and treat them as her own. I was fortunate enough to be one of her adoptees. Day and night she climbed the bleachers to cheer on "her softball girls" year after year; our Fan! Not realizing then, but knowing it know, her life showed that she "loved the Lord with her heart and soul and mind, and she loved her neighbor as herself". Daily Mrs."A" fulfilled God's Greatest Commandments. Her Legacy is being lived on through her children and grandchildren who know and understand. Thanks, Mrs."A" for showing me love.

Lisa Hager

March 23, 2013

Your Mother/Grandmother was such a sweet and lovely lady and I enjoyed the moments I was blessed to share with her and will be remembered always.
Our love and prayers are with you during this time and may God ease your hearts and lift you up.
Lisa & Savanna Hager

Ann Abernathy

March 23, 2013

Aunt Mary and Aunt Frances were transportation for my mother Sally who did not drive. Aunt Mary did so much for my mother. She was a very giving person. Now they are together again.

Kim Sopko

March 23, 2013

Lisa, I am so sorry for you and your families loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved your mom and enjoyed the time I got to spend with her. She will be truly missed.