TED "ABBY" ABERNATHY
GASTONIA Ted Wade Abby Abernathy, 71, of 2211 Armstrong
Park Road, died Dec. 16, 2004 at Belaire Health Care Center.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Wade A. Abernathy.
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, Dallas.
INTERMENT: Gaston Memorial Park.
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, McLean Funeral Directors, Gastonia.
Mr. Abernathy was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of First United Methodist
Church, Dallas. He was a 1951 graduate of Stanley High School, played
American Legion ball, member of the Major League Baseball Alumni Society,
Gaston Lodge 263, York Rites and Oasis Shriner. He was a devoted son,
husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Ted spent 21 years playing baseball. He made his major league debut
with the Washington Senators in 1955, and played for 6 additional teams
over the next 17 years, including the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs,
Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City
During the mid 1960s and early 1970s Ted set several major
league records for relief pitchers and was honored as relief pitcher
of the year in 1965 and again in 1967. After retiring from baseball
in 1972 Ted worked at Summey Building Systems of Dallas, NC and later
worked with his son Todd at Todd Abernathy Landscaping.
SURVIVORS: Include his wife of 51 years, Margie Clemmer Abernathy; sons
and daughters-in-law, Ted Wade and Kendall Abernathy Jr. of Durham,
NC, Todd Lee and Leisa Abernathy of Bessemer City, NC; mother, Genora
McGinnis Abernathy of Stanley; grandchildren, Logan and Carly Abernathy
of Durham, Roy and Lillian Abernathy of Bessemer City; brother, Richard
Wayne Abernathy of Lincoln County, NC; sister-in-law, Shirley Abernathy;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ray and Erma Clemmer, Nancy Rohm
and L.H. Padgett; special aunt, Cora Nash of Gastonia; a number of nieces
and nephews, aunts and uncles.
PALLBEARERS: Logan Abernathy, Wayne Abernathy, Richard Abernathy, Ray
Clemmer, Ricky Rohm and Kevin Rohm.
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Roy Abernathy and Jack Hutchins.
OFFICIATING CLERGY: Rev. Carroll A. Flack and Pastor John H. Stanley.
MEMORIALS: First United Methodist Church, 301 W. Main St., Dallas, NC
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean Funeral Directors, Gastonia.