A memorial service for Nancy Perry Abernathy, 82, of Columbia, will be held at 11:00 o'clock, Friday, January 13, 2012, at Washington Street United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. A graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, AL. Shives Funeral Home, Columbia, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Nancy died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 13, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Perry. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. M. Glenn Abernathy Sr. Mrs. Abernathy attended the University of Alabama and was a long-time member of the PEO Sisterhood, a philanthropic organization promoting the education and advancement of women. She attended Washington Street United Methodist Church where she was active in the WSUM Circle, The Altar Guild, The Holroyd Sunday School Class and served as a volunteer in the Church Office for many years. Mrs. Abernathy was also a member of the University Women's Club.
Survivors include her three sons, Dr. M. Glenn Abernathy Jr. (Karen) of Coralville, IA, T. Duncan Abernathy (Dorothy) of Richmond, VA., and Richard C. Abernathy (Evelyn) of Columbia; her sisters, Mary Alice Perry Brown of Wilmington, DE, Polly Perry Marsh Brabham of Longview, TX, and Jean Perry Lumpkin of Tuscaloosa, AL; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the M. Glenn Abernathy Fellowship Award at Political Science Department, USC, Gambrell Hall 349, Attn: Melissa Gross, Columbia, SC 29208 or to the PEO PCB, PEO Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50312.