Dave Abernathy, Jr.

July 27, 1923 - August 4, 2009

Dave Abernathy, Jr., 86, of McKinney, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 04, 2009, at Homestead of McKinney. Mr. Abernathy was born July 27, 1923, in Sherman, Texas, to Dave Sr. and Ruby (Echstein) Abernathy. Mr. Abernathy enlisted in the United States Navy on September 15, 1942 and was honorably discharged on February 19, 1946 and earned the Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He married Bobby Jean Mosby on March 15, 1952, in Center, Texas. She preceded him in death on March 11, 2009. Mr. Abernathy worked as a lab technician in the oil and gas industry for Atlantic Richfield Company for over thirty years until his retirement in 1985. He was a past member of North Baptist Church, in McKinney where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher and was currently a member of Stepping Stones of McKinney. Mr. Abernathy is survived by his daughters: Kim Ritchey and her husband Rex, of Prosper, Texas, Kelly Berry and her husband Dwalyn, of Spring, Texas, and Kay Sanders and her husband Kevin, of Telephone, Texas; son: Dave K. Abernathy and his wife Peggy, of Sherman, Texas; grandchildren: Kyle Berry, Kris Berry, Randle Abernathy, Llana Abernathy Ogden and husband, Nolan, Sonny Abernathy and wife, Stacy, Kevin Sanders, Jr., Kirk Sanders, and Kent Sanders; and sister, Lura Lee Williams of Montgomery, Texas. Preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Elmer Abernathy, and sisters, Ann Ploeckelman, Dell Bourland, and Ora Wilson. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 7, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Nyberg officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, Allen, Texas. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Thursday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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Always a gentleman, with kind words for everyone. Dave was admired and respected by his friends and fellow workers at the ARCO Research Lab. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. May God bless you. Richard Cook, September 3, 2009 Family of Dave I saw Dave picture in the paper and he had a very friendly smile. Very sorry of his passing. I am writing to share a few words of comfort and encouragement from the source of truth the bible. In the bible God is called the father of comfort. God does hold out a wonderful hope for all those in the grave. At John 11:25 Jesus said "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE THAT EXERCIES FAITH IN ME, EVNE THOUGH HE DIES, WILL COME TO LIFE." The bible gives nine accounts of ones who were resurrected. That should strengthened our faith that God can bring back to life the billions of dead people he holls within his perfect memory. (John 5-28,29) What a blessed reason to hope in God! With your gift of memories of Dave they will bring you great joy. Continue to lean on Jehovah God for the strength you need at this sad time of your life. Sincerely M.L.Hurt M L HURT, August 14, 2009 Even though I did not know Mr. Abernathy I would have liked to have been able to talk to him and tell him that I appreciate the time he spent in the service of our country. He is a true Hero Denise Owens, August 6, 2009 Grandpa Abernathy was always kind and gentle to any one he came in contact with. The first time I met Mr. Abernathy we went to a basketball game with Sonny and Dave. We had a great time I knew then I was going to like being in this family. I will always remember the smile he gave everytime we walked through the door to come visit. He will be missed dearly, Stacy Abernathy (granddaughter-in-law) stacy renee' abernathy, August 6, 2009 We first met "Super Dave" in 2007 when we began attending Stepping Stones Church of McKinney. We all knew him as a gentle warrior for Jesus. He loved the Word of God and God's people. He became known as one of the "Three Wise Men" at the church...our elder statesmen. Our lives were enriched by knowing him and watching him walk out his Christianity. Heaven grows sweeter every day...one day we'll see him again. Our prayers are for Super Dave's family and friends to be comforted in knowing that not only are he and Bobby together again, but best of all, they are also with Jesus. Marion & Betty Palmer, August 6, 2009 When Bobby and Dave were a young family they lived in Crane, Texas, and were our neighbors. Our family always loved being in their home. They built several homes from the ground up and those homes are still standing in Crane. My mother, Helen Tooke always cherished their friendship. We will always remember them fondly and we pray your family will be comforted by the Lord they loved so much. Aletha Walls, August 6, 2009 The thoughts and prayers, our love and support...all are with your family...and still we find we haven't the words to send that will comfort you. So we've asked the Heavenly Father to do so for us. With love from your Ogden Family. Rusty and Vickie Ogden, August 5, 2009 Dave, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Glenn Murphy, August 5, 2009 To all the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you! Denice Burnside Webb, August 4, 2009