Joseph Glenn Abernethy ’47

Joseph Glenn Abernethy ’47, 84, of Charlotte, N.C., died peacefully at his home on July 31. He was born in Alexis, N.C., on Jan. 15, 1926, the son of Joseph Arlington and Evelyn Lewis Abernethy. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 34 years, Margaret Shamburg Abernethy. He never remarried. Abernethy attended Davidson before enlisting in the U.S. Navy to serve his country during WWII. He was a lifelong member of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, where he served tirelessly as an elder, deacon, and chairman of the board of deacons. He was co-owner of Abernethy Lumber Company, the family business founded by his grandfather. With an attention to detail and exactness, Abernethy was a skilled craftsmen in all aspects of woodworking. He lovingly built the homes in which he and his wife “Mag” raised their four children. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed cooking, fishing, watching NASCAR racing on TV, and spending time with his faithful dog, Dinky. Surviving Abernethy are his daughters, Glenda Abernethy, 840 Mineral Springs Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262-4906, Christy Nixon (Reggie), and Lisa Poole (Bob); son, Joseph Glenn Abernethy, Jr. (Patti); brothers, Hal Abernethy and Tony Abernethy; sisters, Arline Greene, Fran Privette, and Kay Wiggins; and grandchildren, Joseph Glenn Abernethy III, Patrick Harrison Abernethy, Kenneth Christian Abernethy, Dylan Fitzgerald Abernethy, Kenton Gardner Nixon, Margaret Courtenay Nixon, Holden Emerson Poole, and Margaret Reilly Poole.