William Abernethy Obituary, Death – William “Bill” Rhyne Abernethy, aged 86, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at Carolina Caring. Born on April 20, 1937, in Catawba County to the late Howard and Catherine Bost Abernethy, Bill lived a life filled with love, community, and passion.
Bill was a devoted member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Maiden, where he faithfully served on the church council. He graduated from Maiden High School and enjoyed a fulfilling career as a supervisor in the garment industry.
Bill’s interests extended beyond his professional life; he was a proud charter member of Glen Oaks Golf Club and an ardent supporter of the Maiden High School Athletic Boosters, always lending his unwavering support to the school’s athletic programs.
In his leisure time, Bill found solace at his cherished house on Oak Island and reveled in his love for the Tar Heels and NASCAR.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Sue Rudisill Abernethy, and his brother, Reggie Abernethy. He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories, survived by his sons: Rodney Abernethy and wife Theresa of Cherryville, Randy Abernethy and wife Sarah of Newton, and Robbie Abernethy and wife Betty Jo of Maiden.
His brother, Charles Abernethy and wife Frances of Newton, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy Bolick and husband Max of Newton, mourn his loss alongside him.
Bill’s memory will forever live on through his grandchildren: Amanda Rembert, Allyson Howard, Amber Leinwand, Aaron Abernethy, Taylor Abernethy, Dylan Abernethy, Amanda Brooks, Matthew Brooks, and Hannah Short, as well as his 15 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s remarkable life will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Maiden, led by Rev. Nathan Yoder.
Following the service, a private inurnment will take place at Maiden City Cemetery. The family will warmly receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. At other times, the family will gather at Mr. Abernethy’s residence.
In honor of Bill’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 542, Maiden, NC 28650, or to the Reggie Abernethy Scholarship Fund, c/o Robbie Abernethy, 109 E Boyd Street, Maiden, NC 28650.