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Ava Vanita (Breashears) Abernathy

Ava-Abernathy-1Ava Vanita (Breashears) Abernathy, age 80 of Mt. Ida, AR went to be with the Lord on January 26, 2016 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, AR. She was born June 21, 1935 at Story, AR to the late James Madison Breashears and Naomi Celcia (Aldridge) Breashears of Mount Ida, AR. She was married to Alton Abernathy on August 23, 1958 at the Rufuge Baptist Church. Mrs. Abernathy is preceded in death by her parents, two nephews and one niece.

Mrs. Abernathy is survived by her husband, Alton Abernathy; two sisters, Oweita (Clovis) Ledbetter and Mary (Bruce) Laird; one brother, G.A. (Jean) Breashears; brother-in-law, Wade (Karen) Abernathy; sister-in-law, Willa Mae (AL) Hale; six nieces and seven nephews.

She was a member of the Refuge Baptist Church in Story, AR. She accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior in 1945 and she served the lord thereafter.

There will be a viewing held Thursday, January 28, 4-6 p.m. at Thornton Funeral Home in Mount Ida, AR. Services will be held Friday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Refuge Baptist Church in Story, AR with Brother Tommy Jones and Brother Bernard Russet officiating. Interment will follow at the Breashears Cemetery in Story, AR. Pallbearers: Gerry Breashears, Greg Breashears, Mike Ledbetter, Jimmy Laird, Jimmy Abernathy, and Wade Abernathy, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers: All family and friends and members of Refuge Baptist Church. Donations can be made to Refuge Baptist Church or The Breashears Cemetery. Arrangements were made under the direction of Thornton Funeral Home of Mount Ida, AR. Guest Register at

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