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Sterling "Abby" Abernathy
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Birth: Jan. 18, 1925
Benton County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 2013
Sacramento County
California, USA

ABERNATHY, Sterling 'Abby'
The world became a much better place when Sterling 'Abby' Abernathy was born on January 18, 1925. Sterling was born in Halls, Tennessee to Eloise and Sterling Abernathy. His childhood was spent near Memphis, Tennessee with his brother Eddie Abernathy and his mother. After graduating from high school, Sterling moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked at McDonnell Douglas as a quality control technician. Abby met and married the love of his life, Elizabeth 'Betty' Childress in 1950. They started their family in Chicago before moving to Rancho Cordova, California in 1959, where Sterling was employed by Aerojet General Corporation.

After working for several years at Aerojet, Abby learned the real estate business and became a real estate agent. He obtained his real estate broker's license and ultimately started his own company, Abernathy Realty. He also became an investor in real estate properties, and owned and managed numerous rental properties throughout the Sacramento area. Abby later worked for Exlog Corporation in the quality control department while running his real estate investments.

Abby took great pride in his family and after his beloved wife passed away in 1969, he raised his five children as a single father. In addition to his business pursuits, Abby enjoyed music, cars and sports activities. He was an avid supporter of the Cordova High School athletic programs and rarely missed a baseball or football game. Abby loved to sing and dance, and even in his later years, he was often heard singing his favorite Elvis Presley songs.

Sterling 'Abby' Abernathy passed away in his sleep in Folsom, CA on October 5, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Abernathy, brother, Eddie Abernathy Sr., and his parents, Sterling and Eloise Abernathy. He is survived by his children, Jan Abernathy Lant, Terry Abernathy Coyne, Traci Abernathy Corda, Blair Abernathy and Scott Abernathy. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous loving friends and relatives. A private memorial service was held at East Lawn Sierra Hills, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA on October 9, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 13, 2013
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  Elizabeth Abernathy (1932 - 1969)*
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Sierra Hills Memorial Park
Sacramento County
California, USA
Created by: Everett Mefford
Record added: Oct 13, 2013
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Sterling Abby Abernathy
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Sterling Abby Abernathy
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