|Death: ||Aug. 15, 2012|
KILGORE — Memorial services for Lt. Col. Thomas R. Abernathy, USMC, Ret., 81, of Kilgore, will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2012, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Brandon Peete officiating. Mr. Abernathy died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at his home.
An officer and a gentleman has passed from this earthly life. Memories of him will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia; sons and their wives, Christopher (Betsy) of Richardson, Texas, Stephen (Pam) of Simi Valley, Calif., and Charles (Betsy) of Arlington, Va.; stepchildren and spouses, Michael Place (Gina) of Nashville, Tenn., Kay Douglas (Jack) of Poolesville, Md., Brenda DeBell (Stuart) of The Plains, Va., David Abernathy (Putsie) of Fredericksburg, Va., and James Abernathy (Rosie) of Kilgore, Texas; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Theodosia; siblings, Roger and Terese; and daughter, Elisabeth Conrad.
He graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas, The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and he took classes at Kilgore College. He was a charter member of the Operations Research Society of America. His military career spanned 23 years, including service to his country in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, finishing at Headquarters Marine Corps. Following his military service, he worked for Computer Sciences Corp. and Hughes Aircraft Corp., from which he retired in 1996.
He was a lifelong student of military history with an unrivaled collection of books on the topic. He loved classical music and the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, with a particular affinity for their patter songs, as well as having an appreciation of contemporary music ranging from the Beatles to Neil Diamond. He was an aficionado of puns, word games and crosswords and enjoyed the works of Shakespeare.
He moved to Kilgore in 1996, where he was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, serving several terms on the vestry, and he was a generous patron of the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kilgore, Texas, or the U.S. Naval ROTC program at the University of Texas.
Please sign the online register at www.raderfuneralhome.com.
Created by: Bob Spalding
Record added: Sep 01, 2012
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