Larry Wayne Abernathy died on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. He had suffered a heart attack at his home on the prededing Friday.
His funeral/memorial service was held at the Rice's Valley Baptist Church on Watermelon Road, Northport, AL (the only church that he had ever been a member of). Rev. Sam Delaney delivered the Eulogy. Dr. James H. Hughes, former pastor, preached the memorial sermon; and Rev. Gerald Rice performed the graveside commital service and prayer. Burial took place in Sunset Memorial Park, Northport, AL.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Dolly Abernathy; his sister, Bobbie Abernathy Sutton; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pauline Booth Simpson and Ledger Simpson, Jr.; and his brother-in-law, Ledger "Man" Simpson, III.
He was survived by his wife, Paula Simpson Abernathy; his sisters, Tammy Abernathy Holcomb and Tina Abernathy Wagner; his brother, Jimmy Abernathy; his father, Tommey Abernathy; special canine companions, Bama and LuLu; and many, many other family, friends, and neighbors.
Pallbearers were Lassie Lovell, Chuck Ashford, Ricky Noland, Brian Latham, Douglas Latham, Tim Victory, Todd Russell, Marlin Lindsey, and Tuffy Boyd.
Larry was fondly known by his friends as "Big Ab". He was a "gentle Giant," who wore a full black beard for most of his adult life. Larry loved children and enjoyed played Santa Claus for many thousands of kids in the local shopping mall at Christmas season. He had a true servant's heart, and he loved to cook for his friends, and provide true "Southern Hospitality" for all who came into his home.
He loved his Lord Jesus Christ, was devoted to his wife and soulmate of 37 years, faithfuly supported his church, was loyal to his family, his friends, his pets; and was an avid fan of University of Alabama football.
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