Charles McDonald Abernathy

Published 6:43 pm Saturday, May 21, 2016

Charles McDonald “Mac” Abernathy, 88, died May 21, 2016.



He was a native of Brunswick County and the son of the late Robert Emmett and Virginia Stallings Abernathy. He was predeceased by his first wife, Frances Howell Abernathy, brother Eugene H. Abernathy, stepson Jimmy Boyette and grandson-in-law Jesse Bass.

Mac was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church but attended Cypress Chapel Christian Church, where he was a member of New Hope Bible Class, a teacher a and member of Layman’s Fellowship.

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He was a graduate of Randolph Macon College and was a World War II veteran. Mac was retired from IDS Investment Co. and the Virginia Department of Transportation. He was an organizing member of Pruden Center and first operational chairman. He served on the Suffolk School Board for 12 years.

Mac was also a member of American Legion Post 57 and served as past commander, along with Cypress Chapel Ruritan Club, Brunswick County Historical Society, Prime Time Singers, Scottish Society and Izaac Walton League. He was very interested in history and researching the Abernathy family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ann Boyette Abernathy; daughter, Lisa A. Fickle (Don); grandson, Nicholas Fickle; brother, Robert “Bobby” (Carol) Abernathy and children, Sandra B. Butler (Larry), Randy Boyette (Sharon) and Deborah Boyette; six loving grandchildren, Amy Amon (Kevin), Ashley Marshall (Scott), Julie McMahan (Brandon), Kimberly Bass, Brittany Boyette and Brennan Boyette (Stacy); six great-grandchildren, Brian Marshall, Kendall Marshall, Cooper Bass, Ethan McMahan, Heaven Boyette and Brennan Boyette Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cypress Chapel Christian Church, 1891 Cypress Chapel Rd, with the Rev. Alan Cruz and Chaplain Darren Winskow officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Lawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St.

Memorial donations may be made to Cypress Chapel Christian Church Family Life Center. The family would like to say thank you to Becky Case and Interim Hospice Care.

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