He was born Sept. 24, 1917, at Esther, Mo., son of Duke E. and Marie L. Sander Abernathy. He and Gladys P. Moeslein were married Dec. 25, 1948.
Abernathy was owner/operator of E.M. Abernathy and Sons Office Equipment in Rolla, Mo. He later worked until retiring at Ollie Hoehn's Office Supplies in Perryville, Mo. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Michael Abernathy of Vancouver, Wash., Roger Abernathy of Island of Moorea, Tahiti, Jonathan Abernathy of Frohna, Mo.; a daughter, Linda Gollahon of Rolla; three sisters, Norma Sadler of Columbia, Mo., Frances Cromer of Cleveland, Mo., Margaret Eubanks of Jefferson City, Mo.; a brother, William "Bill" Abernathy of Sarasota, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, a brother and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Young and Sons East Perry Chapel in Altenburg.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, with the Rev. Steven Dressler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside service provided by American Legion Post 133.