Charles Richard “Dick” Abernathy, Sr., age 83, passed away peacefully in the hands of God at the McDowell Hospital on Sunday April 19, 2020. Dick loved old cars, delivering home meals, golfing with friends and spending time with his family. Dick joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 18 and retired from the military. He was a patriot. He retired to Marion because everyone “smiled and waved.”
Dick was born on February 5, 1937 to the late Charles William and Grace Elizabeth Abernathy of Elk Garden, West Virginia. He is survived by a brother Dale and sisters Jean Knotts (Cliff) and Dot Schonley.
Dick met the love of his life, Barbara Anderson, in 1957 in Panama City, Florida. He would joke that it was his 54 Chevy Convertible that won her over. They were married in 1958 and celebrated 63 years of marriage. Dick and Barbara had three children, Charles R. Abernathy, Jr. Dorothy Lynne Hood, (Christopher) and Eric A. Abernathy (Sulhay).
Dick was known to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Pops. The grandchildren include Kaite Reid, Eric and Ryan Thompson, Andrew and Alex Abernathy (Teresa/mother) and Andrea Abernathy. There are multiple great grandchildren and “special” family members that he loved.
Pops and Barbara attended Story Memorial Presbyterian Church and loved minister Ed Olson and all of the members. We appreciate their prayers. We cannot express strong enough appreciation to the hospital staff and the lovely nurses and also the Emergency Workers that cared for him.
The family is going to have a private funeral service at Westmoreland Funeral Home and Dick will be laid to rest at McDowell Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the McDowell Home Delivered Meals Program at 100 Spaulding Rd, Marion, NC 28752.
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McDowell Home Delivered Meals Program
100 Spaulding Rd, Marion NC 28752