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Dr George Shuford Abernethy, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1911
Catawba County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 2003
Catawba County
North Carolina, USA

h/o Connie (Hall) Abernethy
f/o George Shuford, Jr., son & daughter Abernethy (1939), William Ramsey Abernethy.
s/o Frederick Albert & Estelle Coleman Abernethy
b/o Fred Coleman & Irene C.

G. Shuford Abernethy, 92, a long-time friend of the UNC School of Dentistry, died at his
residence in Hickory, on Aug. 24, 2003. Abernathy served on the DFNC board (president in
1976), earned the DFNC's Distinguished Service Award in 1997, and was a member of the
Campaign for Excellence steering committee. He contributed $50,000-plus to name the
waiting area on the third floor of Tarrson Hall, and contributed another $50,000 to the
UNC-CH Gift Annuity Program that will create the G. Shuford Abernethy Lectureship
Endowment Fund. It will fund lectures in ethics at the School so that "dental students may
acquire a sense of obligation, responsibility and generosity to their patients, families, place of
worship, profession and community."
Of Abernathy's many contribution to dentistry Dean Stamm said, "I met Shuford Abernethy very early on during
my tenure as dean of the school. I learned quickly that he was someone you could count on -- someone who had
been actively involved in organized dentistry over many years -- someone who cared deeply about the profession
of dentistry and dental education. He was a marvelous friend."
He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Hickory for more than 50 years and a beloved family dentist in
Hickory for many years, often treating three generations of families. During his dental career, Abernathy received
multiple state and national dental awards.
He served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps from 1953 to 1954 as major and lieutenant colonel. A generous
benefactor of his church and community, Abernathy supported the Hickory Landmarks Society, the Hickory
Museum of Art and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A past president of the Hickory Rotary Club,
Abernathy was its oldest member.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Hall Abernethy and son, Dr. G. Shuford Abernethy Jr.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, William Ramsey and Mary Hazel Abernethy of Hickory; two
granddaughters, Lisa A. Capps of Tallahassee, Fla., and Elizabeth Shuford Abernethy of Hickory; a grandson,
William Ramsey Abernethy Jr. of Hickory; and a great-grandson, James Capps of Tallahassee, Fla. 
Family links: 
  Frederick Albert Abernethy (1881 - 1954)
  Estelle Coleman Abernethy (1883 - 1956)
  Charley Conner Hall Abernethy (1911 - 1996)*
  George Shuford Abernethy (1937 - 1997)*
  Son Abernethy (1939 - 1939)*
  Daughter Abernethy (1939 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Catawba County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: SC Forsyth
Record added: Sep 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76703331
Dr George Shuford Abernethy, Sr
Added by: Darryl Green Trull
Dr George Shuford Abernethy, Sr
Added by: SC Forsyth
Dr George Shuford Abernethy, Sr
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