Gussie Hillyer Woolfolk Abernathy

Published 11:59 am Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Gussie Hillyer Woolfolk Abernathy, 87 of Kenbridge, Va. passed away on July 9, 2018 surrounded by her devoted family. She was born at “Kalona” in Louisa County to the late Charles Robert and Inez Trice Woolfolk and was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Eugene “Gene” Earl Abernathy in 2006. She is survived by a family that has been blessed by her enduring love and happy spirit. Three precious daughters; Nancy Carol (Everett) Pennington of Kenbridge, Gussie Sherlene (Jesse) Vaughan of Victoria and Jean Marie (Gordon) Turner of Kenbridge; seven grandchildren; Buddy and Bobby Pennington, Bonnie P. (Steve) Johnson, Christy V. (Tony) Dalton, David (Alisha) Vaughan, Chris Turner and Stacy T. (Chris) Harrison; six great-grandchildren; Christopher and Kasey Pennington, Austin and Taylor Chappell, David Vaughan, Jr. and Graydon Harrison.

Gussie graduated from Blackstone College for Girls in 1948. She was a devout follower of Christ and a devoted member of Kenbridge Christian Church. She was active in the Christian Women’s Fellowship and served as Bible teacher and superintendent of Sunday School for years. She especially enjoyed working with teenagers and was a tutor and mentor to many. She loved music, books and drama. She produced and directed several times the drama entitled “The Lord’s Supper” at church. She also believed in keeping busy with body and mind; outdoors with gardening and indoors with reading, knitting and crocheting. Gussie served as a board member and volunteer for the Lunenburg Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Red Cross. She was a nurse and Hospice volunteer, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for VFW Post 9954 and former Secretary for the National Alumni Association for the Blackstone College for Girls.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions can be made to New Century Hospice, Farmville, Lunenburg Health Services or Children’s Hospital, Richmond, Va.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. in the Kenbridge Heights Cemetery. The family received friends at the home following services. Refreshments were served.

Clarke Funeral Home, Kenbridge, in charge of services. Online condolences may be sent at www.