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    Monday, July 09 2018
    Gussie Hillyer Woolfolk Abernathy

    Posted by: Clarke & Staples Funeral Homes, Inc. AT 03:19 pm   |  Permalink   |  19 Comments  |  Email
    Dearest Nancy, Sherlene, Jean Marie and families, Jack and I are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, but we know she is now at peace and her health is restored; praise God! I will always remember that beautiful smile and kindness she shared with everyone. She knew she was loved by each and every one of you and she got the best possible care by her loving family to the end. She has left a legacy with three of the sweetest girls and their families that could ever be. Our love to you all and if there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to call. God Bless You All!
    Posted by Jack and Margaret Richards on 07/09/2018 - 05:03 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Gussie was a joy to know and a woman to be admired and love. Blessings, peace, comfort and love, Betsy
    Posted by Betsy Newcomb Long on 07/09/2018 - 05:08 PM
    So sorry for your loss. She was a fine person. May she fly high!
    Posted by Kenney and Kay Davis on 07/09/2018 - 05:22 PM
    Prayers for all the family going thru this difficult time.
    Posted by Allan and Nellie Cichorz on 07/09/2018 - 06:58 PM
    Gussie will be fondly remembered as a loving friend. She was always fun to be around, and I regret not having more time with her. I will always remember our trip together to Florida with the girls scouts when our girls were members. God bless and comfort you - Nancy, Sherlene and Jean Marie.
    Posted by Jackie B. Conner on 07/09/2018 - 07:34 PM
    Heaven definitely gained an angel today. Gussie was a beautiful person. Always enjoyed seeing her back in the day. Billy and extend our deepest sympathy in your loss. May God go with each member of her family in the months ahead without her. Lots of love from our family to yours.
    Posted by Barbara & Billy Hudson on 07/09/2018 - 08:04 PM
    Such a sweet woman that was always positive and energetic. It was always a blessing to visit Ms Gussie with the church to do communion or with the youth to sing Christmas carols, she always made everyone feel welcomed. A very genuine person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I pray I can show Christ's love like I saw in Ms. Gussie
    Posted by Jason Wilson on 07/09/2018 - 08:31 PM
    I'm so sorry love y'all girls
    Posted by Janie Skelton on 07/09/2018 - 10:48 PM
    Sending thoughts and prayers to you, Jean, and your family. Love, Hope
    Posted by Hope Hancock on 07/09/2018 - 11:36 PM
    I am sorry to hear about Miss Gussie. I always enjoyed seeing her. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Posted by Lawrence Varner on 07/10/2018 - 07:57 AM
    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Abernathy's passing. She was a remarkable woman and she will be truly missed. I remember her well at Kenbridge Christian Church and at our wedding. Love, George and Sue Shields
    Posted by George and Sue Shields on 07/10/2018 - 10:51 AM
    So sorry for your loss but so good to know she is no longer suffering and in her heavenly home now..We hope to see you tomorrow but the girls will not be able to come..We love you all.........violet & Billy
    Posted by Violet & Billy on 07/10/2018 - 11:56 AM
    Dear Nancy, Sherlene & Jean Marie, So sorry to hear about the death of your dear mother. She was such a sweet person who was loved by us and everyone. Unfortunately we won't be able to attend her service but you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Posted by Louie & Linda (Gard) Love on 07/10/2018 - 04:00 PM
    Dear Nancy, Sherlene & Jean Marie, So sorry to hear about the death of your dear mother. She was such a sweet person who was loved by us and everyone. Unfortunately we won't be able to attend her service but you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Posted by Louie & Linda (Gard) Love on 07/10/2018 - 04:01 PM
    I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Sherlene and your family.
    Posted by Tanya Comly on 07/10/2018 - 09:15 PM
    What a beautiful picture of Aunt Gussie! I have wonderful memories of her sweet smile & fun spirit with Uncle Gene. May you experience God's comfort, peace & courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. We can cling to the joy that God gives because one day we will be reunited! John 16:22 "So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you."
    Posted by Dawn Dowdy on 07/10/2018 - 09:25 PM
    Nancy, Sherlene & Jean Marie, I was sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May they memories of her give you joy and your faith give you strength. I will be praying for you and the family.
    Posted by Everett O Winn on 07/11/2018 - 08:31 AM
    Jean Marie and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Posted by Tricia Smith on 07/11/2018 - 08:56 AM
    So sorry of the passing of Mrs Abernathy. She will be missed, but is resting in peace with Our Lord.
    Posted by Dennis Stultz on 07/11/2018 - 12:54 PM

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    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 Scholl 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 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 will be conducted Wednesday, July 11 at 10:00am in the Kenbridge Heights Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home following services. Refreshments will be served.  Clarke Funeral Home, Kenbridge, in charge of services. Online condolences may be sent at

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