|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1880|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1927|
His birthdate is taken from his World War I registration card.
Printed in the Okolona Messenger dated January 27 1927
Prominent Farmer Found Mortally Wounded
Mr. Mabry L Abernethy Shot and Kill by Unknown Hand
The almost lifeless body of Mr. Mabry L Abernethy was found in his Ford Coupe about eight miles southwest of Okolona about 9 o'clock Tuesday morning. In his lap lay a .32 Colts revolver on which his right had rested. He was still sitting under the steering wheel with his head leaned over as if asleep. His condition was discovered by Mr. Wade Jolly and Mr. Ruben Brown.
When they reached the scene they thought him to be asleep or perhaps under the influence of liquor. On getting no response when they called him, they began to investigate. No sooner was the car door opened than they took in the situation. He was still breathing and lived for about five minutes after they reached him. His brother, Mr. O B Abernethy, and Mr. George Corley had passed him but a few minutes before. They, too, thought he was drunk and sent Mr. Brown to care for him.
At first it was thought that Mr. Abernethy had killed himself in a moment of despondency. Further investigation showed that such was not the case. Two bullets entered the brain just above the right ear and a snapped shell between the two chambers of the pistol and second snapped shell showed that the gun had been worked at least four times. Few, indeed, are they who believe he could have so worked the gun after one bullet had gone entirely through his head. Another circumstance which aroused suspicion of foul play was the fact that a knife and a key were found some distance from where he had stopped his car and had been on the ground. Neither the knife or key belonged to Mr. Abernethy.
Mr. Abernethy was a splendid man, and was one of the best and most successful farmers in this section. His wife, who was Miss Ella Buchanan, was killed in an automobile accident about the middle of last August. They had no children. Surviving him are his mother, Mrs. I V Abernethy, three sisters, and four brothers. Funeral services were conducted from the home of his mother yesterday afternoon by Rev. W O Blount and his remains laid to rest in the I O O F Cemetery.
Irvin Valentine Abernethy (1852 - 1925)
Mary Jane Laughlin Abernethy (1859 - 1931)
Ella Buckingham Smith Abernethy (1876 - 1926)
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: Barbara Wiley Hamby
Record added: May 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27174407