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.