October 21, 1970 ~ October 3, 2009
Funeral services for Kenny Don KD Abernathy, 38, of Avinger will be at 2 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Linden with Bro. Jackie Stanfield, Bro. Larry Neeley and Tommy Kessler officiating. Burial will be at Hughes Springs Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Mr. Abernathy was born on October 21, 1970 in Texarkana, TX to George and Patsy Abernathy and died on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at a Tyler hospital. Mr. Abernathy was a member of First Baptist Church of Linden. He was the Superintendent of Avinger ISD and a farmer and a rancher. Survivors include his wife Misty of 9 years; one son Zachary Burks of Ozark, AR; one daughter Hannah Abernathy of Avinger; his parents George and Patsy Abernathy of Hughes Springs; two brothers and sisters-in-law Robert and Bobbie Abernathy of Linden and Ralph and Cheri Abernathy of Hughes Springs; one sister and brother-in-law Jana and Ronald Fitts of Corsicana; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to The Kenny Don Abernathy Memorial Scholarship Fund at First National Bank of Hughes Springs. Mr. Abernathy will lie in state on Wednesday, until 4 PM at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs and then at First Baptist Church in Linden where the family will receive friends from 6-8 PM.
IM SENDING OUR PRAYERS,Kenny was a amazing person who was loved and touched by many.Thinking of all of you !!Whitnee,Britnee and BrealeeTreadway
Our hearts are joined with yours in sorrow. We will be praying for all of you.
We are saddened by the loss of a great "kid" at HSHS, a steady and true friend, and a stellar young man. I personally will miss Kenny Don as if he were one of my own. He is loved here. I grieve with you.
Mr. & Mrs. Abernathy, Jana and entire family: We are really sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
My heart is just broken for all of you. My prayers are with each of you, Kenny's family, that he loved so dearly. I will pray that GOD will WRAP HIS ARMS around you. I love you all. I Peter 5:7
Misty,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the baby. If there were words to say, I would. Just know we are here for you anytime. We love youMike, Loretta and Cory
Jana,We are heartbroken at the loss of Kenny Don and I know that you and your family must be heartbroken as well. Kenny Don was one of the good guys. He was always one of the good guys.Craig
Our thougts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow and heart ache. R.I.P. Kenny Don, you will be greatly missed by all.
We are so saddened by your tragic loss. I always enjoyed talking to Kenny, he was a good man.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We pray that God will give you strength and comfort in the days and weeks to come. You know we are here for you, Misty. We love you!
I have worked with Kenny Don's sister, Jana, for the past year. She has talked so lovingly of him. She was a wonderful sister from where I stand and talked so lovingly of the entire family. My prayers are with the entire family, as I know he will be greatly missed. And, especially, my prayers will be with his precious child, Hannah.
Love and prayers to the family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
George, Pat, Misty and all the family. I'm so sorry for the lose of Kenny Don. He will be greatly missed! I will keep all the family in my prayers.
Kenny Don will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
so sorry for your loss. your family is in my prayers.
Our prayers are with you all now. May God bless and keep you.
Mr. Abernathy was a great principal and superintendent. One of the best the Avinger ISD has known. My heart goes out to his family. God Bless You All. Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.e
On behalf of the entire Austin College family, I want to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Kenny Don Abernathy. Kenny Don was a great man and leader, a passionate player here at AC, and a devoted and dear friend to all.We will miss him.David NormanAssociate Athletics DirectorAustin College
We are so sad to hear about your lost, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kenny was a great guy
I played football with Kenny Don at Austin College, and I have fond memories of him. He was a super nice guy with a kind heart. My heart goes out to his family for the loss of such a good person.
The Abernathy Family,We am very sorry for your loss of Kenny Don!! We will be praying for the strength of your family during this terrible time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help!!We love you very much,Andy, Catie & Tyson
Jana,My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. May God confort you and keep you all strong.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Kenny Don was a great person and will truly be missed.Jimmy, Jennifer, Jeremy & Hollye Goodson
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for your loss.God be with all of youLove, Jimmy and Janice Reid
Mr. and Mrs Abernathy and family of Kenny Don.Just a personal note to tell you how sorry we are about losing Kenny Don. He was a great young man to coach, but he was a better friend. He also was a great young coach, serving as an assistant my first year as head coach at Austin College. Margie and I were blessed to know him as a student, former player, coach and friend.The Norman family,David, Margie, Megan and Scott
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this painful time. Words can not be found to say how sorry I am. Kenny Don was a classmate and we all have such fond memories. He will be greatly missed…
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this time of sorrow. We that God will comfort you and especially his wonderful and precious daughter, Hannah. Kenny Don was a classmate and he will be greatly missed.
Kenny Don was a true and special friend. Anyone that knew him, loved him. He was always willing to help out a friend no matter what the problem was. I know how much he loved you Misti and how he adorded Hannah and Zack. He is now in heaven with God watching over us. Knowing Kenny, he is more than likely in Heaven riding a Big Green Tractor. You know that I am always here for you and I am just a phone call away. I love you all.
Dear Abernathy Family, My heart goes out to you over the loss of Kenny Don. We love the Abernathy family so much, and are praying for you during this very difficult time.Love, Erin Kae
Our prayers are with you in your time of need.
Misty and Hannah,We will miss Mr. A. blowing the horn at us every day we sit on the porch. If we can help, we are only a call away.God be with you. Gale and Herbert
To Misty, Hannah, Mr. & Mrs. Abernathy, we are very sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.Robert, Sarah & Cooper Ellison
Our prayers are with your family during this time. We pray that God will comfort you all. Kenny Don has always been a special friend to us and we will miss him dearly.
We are so sorry to hear about Kenny Don, we did not know him personally but my brother and sister thought very highly of him and loved him as their principal and superindendent. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the Abernathy family during this difficult time.
Dear George & Patsy,I am so sorry to know of Kenny Don's passing. May God comfort you in this time of trouble.
Thoughts & prayers are with you.
Kenny Don was a great man.. I have so many wonderful memories of him from childhood as well as high school when he was teaching and coaching at Daingerfield. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with your family.
Your family is in our prayers at this very difficult time.
Such a horrific loss to the community and his family and friends. God truly does take the best! K.D. you will be missed terribly.
Our family grieves with your family during this loss. You are in our prayers.
So sorry to hear about Kenny's death.Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.Phil & Rita AldersonGarland Tx.
To the Abernathy Family:I went to college with Kenny Don and he was a great friend. He will be missed dearly. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.Erin Camp
I knew Kenny Don as Coach Ab. He was my football coach, assistant principal in Daingerfield thru my high school years. He use to pick at me all the time and call me Preston since my father was a quarterback for Hughes Springs back when he was growing up and he asked me when my uncle was in to make sure he could come by and see him since his sister dated Alan. He will be greatly missed by me because I really looked up to him even though most people didn't. Last time I saw him was almost 2 years ago at an Avinger basketball and he was still same ole Kenny Don by asking how my dad was, and uncle was. I will keep his family in my prayers…Love to the AbernathysJohn L. Moore
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
KD was an awesome guy. My mother, the late JoAnn Jenkins, thought the world of Kenny. He was always willing to help her and Jimmy Landrum out no matter when they called. I know they cherished his friendship. I was priviledged to also be a classmate of KD. He was one of those guys that no matter what was a true friend. He was truly a guy everyone loved to call FRIEND. Our prayers are with you in this time of loss. May God give you comfort in your hearts in knowing Kenny is in his presence.
Our Thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones in this difficult time,But knowing his caring way touched many childrens lives that will last forever.We Pray god will keep your faith strong.
Kenny Don was a wounderful person and our prayers are with all of the Abernathy family.
Misti, all of our hearts are so heavy for you at this difficult time. We are all praying for you and your family. Kenny was here on Earth to complete a mission. Even though we don't know what it was, God does. Kenny must have completed his mission and the Lord decided it was time for him to go home. He will always be looking over you and your daughter. Again, all of our prayers and thoughts are with you!
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of KD at this time. Having worked with Jana in College Station, Texas, I know that this has been a tragic blow. Call upon the Lord to give you strength….my prayers are with you. Marri Lilly
Dear Family, Please know we mourn with you and we share your grief. We are all Abernathy's today. We also share the wonderful memories we have of Kenny Don. He was one of the good guys… honest, straight-forward and caring. He embodied the best qualities of each of you and had tremendous pride in his family. He will be missed.
Misty,Just wanted to let you know how sorry we are for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.Sandra Pirkey's State Farm Mt Pleasant, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
What a fine young man Kenny Don was. Kenny will be dearly missed by many …this was shown tonight. We will keep the Abernathy Family in our thoughts & prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Abernathy Family, My Heart And Prayers Go Out To All Of You With Your Loss. May God Give You Strength & Comfort.
Misty, George, Patsy and immediate family. Alice and I were so sorry to hear of Kenny Don's passing. We know he will be greatly missed.Patrick & Alice Sanders
I am very sorry for your loss. Kenny and I were classmates during our training for the Superintendency. I enjoyed the time we spent in class and the stories about what we had to handle at school. He will be missed by many.E
I pray for Kenny Don and his family
To Robert my dearest friend and to the family of Kenny Don I send my condolences…times like these are hard, and one gone from the family tree is even harder…to the wife and children we walk this earth for a short while but the joy of seeing our love ones awaits us tho he may be gone from you, but never in your hearts..weeping only last for a night but joy always comes in the morning..BE STRONG and carry on the road may seems rough but in the end the paths clearsTheresa Bucka friend of Robert and Bobbie
Kenny was my classmate and whenever you would see him he would always have a smile on his face he was also one of the most dedicated people I know to sports. He played in just about every sport there was and was great at whatever he did. I'm very sadden to hear of his untimely death. Misty you and the children are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you…
Dear Misty, There are really not words that will bring you comfort at this time but both Gaylon and I think about you and Hannah and our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. We always loved Kenney and we also love you and Hannah.Love,Wanda & Gaylon
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that your family will be in my prayers.
When I think of Kenny Don, I'm flooded with so many awesome memories that will forever stay in my heart. I was blessed to have known him all of my life. He was always the purest of hearts and loved his family and especially his little girl, Hannah who he said is "Daddy's Little Girl". The Abernathy's are truly kind and special people who touch your heart forever. I will miss you Kenny.
Prayers and thoughts go out to Kenny Don's family and friends.
All of the family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Kenny Don you will truly be missed.We will be praying for your family in the days to come.
We are so very sorry for your loss and our loss. We thought so much of Kenny Don, since we are both educators and he was Betty's principal during her last years at AISD.Our prayers are with you all. He will truly be missed by everyone.
We lost our youngest son in March of 2008 and we feel your pain! Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of your family!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We're so sorry for your loss. Mr. Ab did anawesome as Assistant Principalat DHS. He was a great guy and touched many lives.
At times like this, with hearts so heavy, we are often at a loss for words. My heart & prayers go out to each of you. I can only pray that as you are faced with each day that lies ahead that you will find comfort, strength & love from our Father in Heaven. May He wrap each of you in His loving arms and give peace as only He can.
Your precious family is in our thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Kenny Don was a high school classmate and he will be dearly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
The loss of Kenny Don is heartbreaking. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers.
Heaven surely got brighter when Kenny Don entered the gates. I pray your sorrow will find peace in knowing he is with our Heavenly Father. God Bless and comfort you all.
our thoughts and prayers are with you
Dear Misty,All of us at ETMC Gilmer, want to express our condolences to you and your family at this time. We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.Nursing staff & Dr. Upendran
Kenny Don was more than a football player, outstanding student athlete, and friend. He was also like a son to me. When I think of Kenny Don, I think of bright eyes, passion for life, frosty mornings, chest waders, the smell of gun powder, bird dogs, as well as sunny days, fishing poles, Caddo Lake, Patsy's kitchen and George's full-service service station and all the Abernathy family. Their family is full of Christian love and warm East Texas hospitality. Kenny Don was the epitome of his family's values–hard work and dedication in everything he did…and did well! The Austin College football family and "red shirt pride" will always remember #22. We will miss him. The Morris and Secord FamiliesVance, Paula, Kelli, Marty, Jordan and Will
I entered Austin College at the same time as Kenny. I'll never forget #22, his many nicknames, including my favorite, "Crow." What a kind guy from a town he loved and a family whom he spoke of often. Mr. Abernathy, I know how much he respected you because of how much he talked about you when we had lunch or dinner together. A good student and a good friend, bright-eyed and ready for action, Kenny became a solid cornerback and a leader in the class of 1993. His passing comes too soon, and stuns all of us who spent our college years together in Sherman. God bless.Colin Dunnigan AC '93Dayton, OH
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Words can never exprss how very sorry we are for your loss. Please know that you are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Mr.& Mrs. Abernathy & family,Sophia and I were so sorry to hear of Kenny Don's passing. I have fond memories of him as a football player in middle school. He was a super guy. We are praying for your comfort. Coach James Paul Brewer & Sophia
My whole familys thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow.
Misti, I am so sorry for your family's loss. You have all been in my prayers during this sad time. I know God will see you through this. Please know that if you need anything or just someone to talk to, I am here for you. I pray that God will give you strength and comfort now and in the days ahead. God Bless You and Your family!Love you,Robyn
I have enjoyed working with Kenneth and I am so very sorry for your loss.
Never,ever in our plans. We are so very sorry. Please know you are all in our prayers.Love, Roger & Judy Humphrey
We are sorry for loss.
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss.
"May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, ffcomfort you now and in the days ahead."
George and Patsy – I am just in shock and so saddened by the loss of Kenny Don. I read some of the other entries in the Guestbook talking about him in school and as an adult, but I remember him most as the little blonde boy I babysat for. I remember when he was born. What a precious child who obviously grew into a wonderful man!!!! My Mom loved Kenny Don. I'm sure they're having a great visit up in heaven. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Misti-I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you and your family during this time. If there is anything I can do plesae do not hesitate to call or email me. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Love,Aaron, Keitha & Kelvey Nilsson
The HATTEN'S are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. Byron, Reginald and SekeithaMay GOD bless you and your family…
We met Kenny Don as a young man in college with plans, then he pursued them and more. He was exceptional and is a great loss to the community as well as an unfathomable loss to you, his family. You have our deepest symapathy.
Coach AB played a big part in my life and the played the game of football