Barbara Jean Abernathy

Barbara Jean Abernathy, 78, of Columbia passed away September 2, 2016.  Private family services will be held at a later date.  Barbara was born on March 29, 1938 to Leroy and Fern Slee.  Barbara spent many years of her life as a guidance counselor at RBHS, actively working with the Boy Scouts with her husband and was a long standing faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.  She was preceded by her son Jeffrey Abernathy and  is survived by her husband, Dale Abernathy; son, Jon (Jessica) Abernathy and daughter Dana (Parker) Naylor, as well as six grandchildren.

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  1. Ruthie Morgan on September 3, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Barb was an amazing, loving women, my neighbor and friend for years and so wonderful to both of my children Jamey and Ashley, especially Jamey. She was so giving to others. I’d really like to get in touch with Jon and/or Dana if possible.

  2. Jeannie Simmons on September 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Barbara was a special lady. My thoughts are with the family left behind. Dale was a special friend to my husband, Bob, & they spent a lot of time together in Scouts. If Dana or Jon would give me a call or an e-mail with an address, Bob’s sons, Patrick & Bill would love to be able to send him a card. Pat’s time spent in Scouts with his Dad & Dale are special memories. Prayers for all of you. Jeannie Simmons

  3. Susan Ramsey on September 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Although I had not seen Barb for a while, I always thought of her as one of the sweetest people I ever knew.

    My husband and I are both very sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.


  4. Mike & Rusty Weir on September 8, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Barbara will be missed by all. Our whole family have great memories of the Boy Scout Days growing up. Dale had all the boys & Dad’s and Barbara had all the Mom’s.
    Our prayers are with all of you!

  5. Monica Miller on October 18, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I remember Mrs. Abernathy, while I was a student at Rock Bridge High School. She was always a warm and caring person, greeting everyone who walked into the Counseling Center as a dear friend. For a brief time my family even lived in the same neighborhood as Mrs. Abernathy and my younger sister became friends with Dana. Mrs. Abernathy cared about all of “her kids” as she put it, when we were all at RBHS. Her son Jeff was a classmate, and when he passed away so suddenly, she comforted all of us. She was so touched when we all wore gold ribbons on our graduation robes in honor of Jeff on our graduation day. Learning of her passing is truly like losing a family member. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Abernathy, Dana and Jon.

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