Patricia Sue “Pat” Abernathy

Patricia Sue “Pat” Abernathy, 76, of Jonesboro, died at 7:52 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born on May 13, 1937, in Dongola, the daughter of Roy and Evelyn Anderson  Keller.

She married Jason Ray Casey on May 1, 1955. Born from this union were two daughters, Rebecca Sue and Nancy Elizabeth; and two sons, Jason Ray Casey II and James Roy Casey. Pat later married William “Doc” Abernathy on Dec. 18, 1982, at their home in Carbondale.

She is survived by her husband, William “Doc” Abernathy; Pat’s children, two daughters, Rebecca Sue “Becky” Lehman and Nancy E. “Beth” (Mike) Modglin; two sons, Jason R. “Jay” and James R. “Jimmy” Casey; Doc’s children, Scott Abernathy, Beth (Brad) Wilson and Kris (Mike) Eckert; grandchildren Robby Lehman, Tara Lehman, J.J. Casey, Lindsey Pender, Jordan Abernathy and Matt and Kyle Wilson; great-grandchildren Curtis Casey, Jude Lehman and Cole and Shelby Pender; one brother, Larry (Brenda) Keller; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Michael; and a brother, James Keller.

She was a member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna for many years. She worked as a telephone operator for General Telephone Company and later retired from CIPS as a meter reader. She liked to garden and was a member of the Anna-Jonesboro Garden Club.

Funeral services for Mrs. Abernathy will be at 11 a.m.  Saturday, Feb. 8, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Jimmy Keller officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery.

Friends can call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution to  the Anna-Jonesboro Garden Club would help to fund a memorial to honor Pat in one of her favorite places, “the garden.”

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

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