Getty Edward Abernathy

Getty Edward Abernathy

Getty Edward Abernathy, 81, of Wolf Lake, died at 8:56 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. 

He was born on June 18, 1937, in Wolf Lake, the son of Moses Edward and Mina Sadie Bell Kimmel Abernathy.  

He married Wanda Lee Elkins on April 30, 1960, in Galilee Baptist Church in Wolf Lake. She preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 2001.

Mr. Abernathy is survived by his son, Scott (Rhonda) Abernathy of Jonesboro; a daughter, Lana (Dale) Cochrane of Anna; a special friend, Sherry Wilson of Wolf Lake; five grandchildren, Jason (Tricia) Spurlock, Josh (Kimberly) Spurlock, Hillary (Dusty) Miller, Hailley Abernathy and Steven Cochrane; six great-grandchildren, Hallie Miller, James Spurlock, Jackson Spurlock, Wyatt Spurlock, Zachary Spurlock and McKenzie Spurlock; a sister, Merline Karn of Warren, Wis.; other relatives and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Wanda Lee Abernathy.

 He was a member of the Galilee Baptist Church in Wolf Lake. He was a member of Anna Masonic Lodge No. 520 and a life member of Jonesboro Masonic Lodge No. 111 AF & AM. He also was a life member of the NRA. 

He was an Ainad Shriner for many years and a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.  

As a native of Wolf Lake, Mr. Abernathy was involved in many community activities.  

He ran the Texaco station in town from 1962 to 1975.  He sold Metropolitan Life Insurance from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.  

His most loved career was the commercial fishing he did on the Mississippi River. He met many different people over the years on the river until he retired in 1999.

Funeral services for Getty Edward Abernathy were at 1 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with Jack Thornton officiating. Interment was in the Jonesboro Cemetery.

Masonic rites were conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. 

Everyone was asked to dress casually and to wear their favorite St. Louis Cardinals attire for the funeral.  

To leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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