Helen Clarissa Smith Abernethy

September 13, 1913April 17, 2010

Helen Clarissa Smith Abernethy, 96, formerly of 307 S. Oakwood Drive, Statesville, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Bermuda Commons in Advance. She was born September 13, 1913, in Alexander County and was the daughter of the late Thomas Boyd and Laura Austin Smith. She was a graduate of Taylorsville High School and attended Statesville Business College. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for more than fifty years. At the church, she was a member of the Kathryn Von Bora Sunday school class, a member of WELCA Women’s Organization, worked in the junior department of Sunday school, and volunteered many years in the church kitchen. She was an active volunteer with the American Red Cross in Statesville for many years. On November 27, 1935, she married Thomas Kenneth Abernethy who preceded her in death on August 2, 1995. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Abernethy is survived by four sons, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Abernethy of Virginia, Mr. & Mrs. Alan Abernethy of Asheville, Mr. & Mrs. Lynn Abernethy of Clemmons, and Mr. & Mrs. Paul Abernethy of Raleigh; a sister, Emma Yount of Hickory; six grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services celebrating Mrs. Abernethy’s life will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor John Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Tom Corbell officiating. The family will receive friends at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home from 7:00 to 8:30 PM Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 1710 Davie Avenue, Statesville, NC 28677.



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 20, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, April 19, 2010
  • Receiving of Friends Monday, April 19, 2010


  • Burial

Helen Clarissa Smith Abernethy

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Torie Ammon

April 22, 2010

Rhonda & Keith,
It's been a very long time since I have seen you guys, but when I saw that your grandmother had passed, I wanted to send my condolences. She was so sweet to me as a child, when I stayed next door @ my grandparents & would go knocking @ your back door for someone to play with? I have fond memories. My prayers are with your guys.

April 21, 2010

We at Liberty Hospice enjoyed the opportunity to get to know your family. Please know that our prayers and sympathy are with you at this time. Feel free to call us if we can be of any assistance to you.
Chaplain Jon smith

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

April 20, 2010

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

April 19, 2010

You are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry that I cannot be there to pay my respects. Your Mom was an exceptional lady. God Bless. Marie Kirby Safreed