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.