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William Franklin Abernathy
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Birth: Jan. 9, 1838
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1929
Buffalo
Chambers County
Alabama, USA

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"The LaFayette Sun" - July 24, 1929:

W. F. Abernathy Dies Following Short Illness.

W. F. Abernathy, aged 90 years and six months, died at his home near Hamburg last Sunday morning at two o'clock following a short illness.
The deceased was one of Chambers County's oldest and most prominent citizens, having been born and reared in this county and living here all his life except that time he served in the War Between the States in Company I, 47th Alabama Infantry. He, with two uncles, D. H. B. Abernathy and S. J. S. Abernathy, the latter who some years ago moved to Texas, were the only surviving members of the above company when the War Between the States ended. Uncle Joe Abernathy died some time ago at his home in Texas, leaving now Uncle Dave Abernathy as the only surviving member of that famous fighting Alabama company.
Uncle Bill, as he was familiarly know, was a member of the Baptist Church at Rock Springs, having united with that church many years ago. It was from Lebanon Church that the last fitting honors was shown him, when a large number of friends and relatives gathered there to inter all that was earthly of one of the county's choicest citizens. Rev. Arnold Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Alexander City and a former pastor of the deceased, was the officiating minister, and being assisted by Rev. B. B. McGinty, present pastor of the Rock Springs Church. Interment was in the family burying plot by the side of his wife who was buried there about one year ago. He was married in 1861 and lived happily with his chosen life mate for sixty eight years before death separated them.
Surviving the deceased are one son, Sam F. Abernathy, of Roanoke; four daughters, Mrs. Ola House, Mrs. Minnie Maley, Misses Buena and Allie Abernathy, of Buffalo; one brother, Sam H. Abernathy, of Roanoke, and a large number of other close relatives, which include an uncle (D.H.B. Abernathy) who is six months older than the deceased.

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August 14, 1929:

In Memory of Uncle Bill Abernathy.

On July 21, 1929, while all was quiet and peaceful, just before the dawn, the angels gently beckoned and the spirit of dear "Uncle Bill" winged its way into the portals of heaven and into the presence of his Savior and loved ones who were awaiting to welcome him to his heavenly home, where sorrows and sicknesses are not known.
Just thirteen months before his dear wife, who for sixty-eight years, shared his joys and sorrows with him, preceded him to the home of rest. Thus passed one of the oldest and most loved "land-marks" of Chambers County, thus passed a couple known and loved by all that knew them.
William F. Abernathy was born January 9, 1838, in the same county where he spent his entire, useful life, except the three years spent serving his country in the War Between the States. For sixty-four years he was a devoted, active member of the Rock Springs Baptist Church. On November 28, 1861, he was married to Laura Awilda Milford, who was waiting to welcome him. Surviving this wonderful couple are: one son, Sam Abernathy, of Roanoke, Ala.; four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Maley, Mrs. William House Misses Allie and Buena Abernathy, of Buffalo; three grandsons, one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.
We miss him, oh, so much, but we would not think of him being dead, just transplanted to a more glorious home, there to await the coming of those he loved and who loved and leaned upon him for guidance.
Dark and mysterious are the ways of Providence, yet behind the gloom which encircles it all we have the blessed assurance that we shall meet our loved ones again, if we are faithful to the end. Knowing you have loved ones in heaven from your own fireside draws heaven nearer to you.
Many know from experience how your hearts are torn and bleeding and for many days to come when the way seems dark and lonely you will long for the "touch of a vanished hand: and the sound of a voice that is forever stilled, but rather than wish him back, just strive harder to so live that some day you will meet him in that heavenly home, where there is no parting and all tears are wiped away.

- A Devoted Grand Niece.
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 Parents:
  John Davis Abernathy (1820 - 1854)
  Margaret Priscilla Baker Abernathy (1814 - 1853)
 
 Spouse:
  Laura Awilda Milford Abernathy (1843 - 1928)*
 
 Children:
  Laura Alabama Floretta Abernathy (1867 - 1946)*
  Minnie Margaret Lovella Abernathy Maley (1870 - 1949)*
  John Rufus Beaty Abernathy (1876 - 1927)*
  Vanama Buena Vista Abernathy (1878 - 1950)*
  Samuel Franklin Davis Abernathy (1882 - 1951)*
  Martha Ola Vodella Abernathy House (1884 - 1968)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Franklin Abernathy (1838 - 1929)
  Martha Jane Abernathy Hinkle (1841 - 1899)*
  Mary Frances Abernathy Adams (1843 - 1887)*
  Samuel Henry Harrison Abernathy (1845 - 1931)*
  Nancy Emeline Abernathy Frazer (1847 - 1914)*
  Louisa Baker Abernathy Lett (1849 - 1917)*
  Isaac Meshack Abernathy (1851 - 1852)*
  John Davis Abernathy (1855 - 1921)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Company "I" 47th AL Inf. Reg. - CSA
 
Burial:
Lebanon Cemetery
Lafayette
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 31, 2009
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William Franklin Abernathy
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In honor of your service to the Confederate States Army. Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp No. 1921 - The Tallassee Armory Guards.
- Churchwell
 Added: Apr. 4, 2015
Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
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