Carrie Abernathy was born on January 07, 1941 in Coy, Alabama, to the union of the late Stratman Kelsaw and Martha Goode Kelsaw. Carrie was a graduate of Camden Academy in 1960.
Carrie later moved to Manhattan, New York before settling down in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1964. She was a lifetime member of Turner Chapel A.M.E. church where she served as a stewardess, missionary and choir member. Carrie was a member and Worthy Matron of QUEEN ESTER CHAPTER 4 ORDER OF EASTERN STAR. Carrie was employed and retired from Fort Wayne Developmental Center after serving over 25 years. Carrie later was employed at Zion Lutheran School for a few years.
Carrie met the late William “Dewey” Abernathy Sr. and was joined in union. Of this union brought four children: daughter, Jennifer Abernathy; sons, Sheldon Abernathy, William “Dewey” Abernathy, Jr. and Sean (Gwen) Abernathy; grandchildren, Damone Abernathy, Lamar Abernathy, Brian Abernathy, Sean Abernathy, Jr., Keyashia Arrington, Jone Fowlkes, and nine great grandchildren. Carrie also leaves to cherish, a brother John (Teaster) Kelsaw of Coy, Alabama; sisters, Anne (John) Matthews of Camden, Alabama, Autherine Brooks of Snellville, Georgia; sister-in-law Nicy Spearman of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Special friends and family Yvonne Mason, Beverly James and Catherine Kelsaw Ervins. Special nieces and nephews, Denice Spearman, Kerry “Scott” (Trina) Haywood, Mia Kelsaw and Yvette Spearman Johnson, and a host of family and friends.
Carrie was preceded in death by her parents, Stratman and Martha Goode Kelsaw; son, David Abernathy; brother, Albert Kelsaw; sisters, Sarah Kelsaw, Henrietta Kelsaw, Louise Robinson; brother-in-laws, Cleo Brooks and Cleofus Spearman; Grandson, Brandon Abernathy and a granddaughter, Shacarra Hogue.
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