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4/15/2020 6:06:00 PM
Brenda Pope Abernathy
January 5, 1945 - April 12, 2020

CATAWBA, N.C. - Brenda Pope Abernathy, 75, of Catawba passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Iredell Health System in Statesville.

She was born January 5, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Bascum LeRoy Pope and Rena Belle Hollar Pope. Brenda was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont and the LWML. She retired from Conover Chair after many years of service, was a supporter of St. Joseph’s Indian School and enjoyed bowling.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Sunny (Kenneth) Pope; sisters, Ruby Reed, Josie Franks (Dean), Sudie “Tine” Lail (Vernon), Edith Sigmon, Mary Brice Pope and Ester Pope.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years Charlie Lee Abernathy of the home; son Charlie Abernathy Jr. and Lisa Welch of Catawba; daughter Jewel Deal and husband David of Newton; brothers Buddy Pope and wife Crystal of Conover, Jerry Pope and wife Cindy of Newton, Johnny Pope and wife Pat of Newton; grandchildren Hayden Deal and fiancé Bailey Wright, McKenzie Deal, Cameron Abernathy and Melanie Abernathy; great-grandchildren Briley Donaldson and Jaelynn Donaldson.

A service to celebrate Brenda’s life will be held in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service in Newton. Rev. Eric Hollar will officiate. Burial will follow at Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Newton. The body laid-in-state on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Service in Newton.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 5759 Bolick Rd., Claremont, NC 28610.

Condolences may be sent to the Abernathy family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Abernathy family.

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