MOREHOUSE - Cordia E. Abernathy, 85, died Oct. 15, 2003.
Born Sept. 8, 1918, in Morehouse, daughter of the late Charlie and Ardie Kirby Leffew, she was a resident of the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston and lived in Morehouse most of her life. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Morehouse and had worked with the Foster Grandparents Program.
On Nov. 3, 1934, in Morehouse, she married James Herbert Abernathy who preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 1965.
Survivors include: four daughters, Bonnie McCool of St. Charles, Carolyn Lane of Paragould, Ark., Barbara Dodge of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Brenda Moore of Sikeston; four sons, Delbert Abernathy of Cape Girardeau, Herbert Abernathy of Nesbit, Miss., Roger Abernathy of Olive Branch, Miss., and Randy Abernathy of Oran; and 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Two sisters, Opal Smith and Lillian Neal, also preceded her in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Morehouse.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Pentecostal Church in Morehouse with the Rev. Jimmy Vent of Morehouse officiating.
Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Jim Abernathy, Gene Dodge, Herb Moore, Mark Abernathy, Brandon Abernathy and Austin Abernathy.