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Glen Nichols Abernathy / August 12, 2019

Glen Nichols “Gunk” Abernathy, 72, of South Boston died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

Glen, a pharmacist since 1971, was the owner of Faulkner and Lawson Drug Company for 20 years and served as mayor of South Boston from 1996-2004. In retirement he took an interest in genealogy of his family and traced his roots back 12 generations. He loved talking with family about the “old days” and enjoyed traveling to New York and Atlanta.

He is survived by his brother, Walden Abernathy (Jackie); almost sister Fairsie Snoddy; niece, Carey Barnett (James); nephews, Charles (Amy) and Gregory Abernathy; great niece, Sarah Abernathy; great nephews, Jamie Barnett, Chandler Barnett, and Will Abernathy; cousins, including Bonita Eckert (Frank), C. T. Reaves, and Ellen Pool, and loyal friends Pam Dawson and Vicky Tyler.

He is preceded in death by his parents, G. W. and Sarah Nichols Abernathy, and sister, Virginia Kate Abernathy.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, South Boston. Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to The South Boston Fire Department, 403 Broad Street, The South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts & History, P.O. Box 383, both South Boston, VA 24592, or your favorite charity.

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