He was survived by his wife, Betty, and daughters, Judy and Darlene and their families. Bill, a resident of Southside, was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Bill was a son of William John Henry Abernathy and Emma Elizabeth Haynes Abernathy. Bill's siblings: Eva Abernathy married: Harley McGlaughn; Odis m: Frankie Morris; Sallie Abernathy m: Lee Roy Williams; Arnold; Edward; Clarence m: Marion Smith; Harvey m: Jewell Perkins; Clara Abernathy m: Cecil Elrod; Herbert Hoover m: Mary Jean Cambron; and Annie Abernathy m: J.O. Jester.