Jean Poston Abernethy, 88, of Winston-Salem, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019.
She was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Mooresville, to Samuel Jones Poston and Alma Hudspeth Poston and was the third of five children. She was predeceased by her parents listed above; sister, Betty Poston Cassidy; brother, Tommy Poston; husband, Robert Willis Abernethy; and daughter, Leigh Abernathy Kimble.
Surviving are her son, James E. "Jay" Abernethy; grandchildren, Natalie Abernethy, Tyler Abernethy, Myles Kimble, Emily Kimble; son-in-law, Keith K. Kimble; and two sisters, Brenda Poston and Ruth Poston Boyd. Jean graduated from Wake Forest University, and soon after worked in youth ministry in Smithfield and in Raleigh.
Married in 1962, she and Willis moved to Marion, where she was active in First Baptist Church Marion. She had a passion and love for youth and has countless numbers that she considered her precious children. She worked for North Carolina state government in social services in many capacities, extending her love for serving others. Affectionately known as Mama Jean, she was always involved in ministry. Even in retirement she would play the piano and help lead worship. She would minister the love of Jesus to others even while battling Alzheimer's. She had a quick wit and a mastery of the English language. No matter how young or old one was she would let them know the truth. We will miss her but hope to be with her again soon.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Marion, Monday, Dec. 9. Condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.