Abernathy Farm is dedicated to the memory of my Daddy, Leonard Ray Abernathy Jr. He is the one that saddled my horse for me when I was too little. He taught me to drive the tractor, to bush hog the fields, to put up fencing, and to hang gates. He taught me to drive and later how to haul the horse trailer. He went trail riding with me and watched my lessons (even when I was in my 20s). He was the best Daddy a little girl could ever ask for. Without him none of this would have been possible. I think of him every day. I hope to always make him proud.
Leonard Ray Abernathy Jr.
1-30-57 to 12-10-07
I miss you Daddy
Daddy and I used to lay down in the driveway and look at the stars and planets through his binoculars. He took me to get my make-up and nails done for my Senior Prom. When my friends and I would go out clubbing, he went with us. He would laugh out loud at Wile E. Coyote cartoons. He would eat ice cream straight out of the box. He was a mechanic for 28 years in all those years of working, his tools always looked brand new and he never lost one. He loved the snow. If it didn't snow here, he would drive up to the mountains and go "snow chasing".
He cut all the knobs off the tires on my go-cart and would wet down the grass so it would slide. This was my first experience with "drift racing". He used to race me around Pawpaw's house with the lawn mower.
He taught me to drive the tractor on two wheels.
Let me drive his truck in the fields for hours at a time before I got my learners permit. Taught me to drive every Sunday, we would waste an entire tank of gas driving the back roads in SC.
Managed never to fall off Ricky. He had close calls...the cedar trees, the bees, Ricky spooking because Moonshine peed and Daddy had to chase Ricky down the trail.
I remember Leonard didn't get that mad when I smoldered the front of his brick house because there was trash in the ashtray. Thank goodness for that Honda pressure washer!
I love Leonard too!
He also used to be at the gym running 1000 laps, it seemed.
He always welcomed Lisa's friends into his home.
He always checked out my car when I thought something was wrong.
Leonard was my second dad, he did everything he could to help me in every way, from love advice, fixing my car, raising my kids, what to and not to wear when I was going out.
I loved him because of his gentle ways, seeing him with his own daughter Lisa you knew how great of a person he was...Calm, but liked to drive fast and thats ok with me cause so do I...still today it seems unreal that he is gone!!!
Life is short and you don't know how long you are going to be here so cherish the ones you love and let them know everyday how much you love them!!! I love you, Leonard aka: my second Dad!!! Love Stacy
Seeing your Daddy go through what he had to go through was the hardest
thing I ever had to deal with in my life. I've lost people that I
was close to, but nothing compares to losing your Daddy. I don't
claim for a minute that it was any where near as hard on me as it was on
you. But if there's nothing else that you need to know about me,
know that I loved that man dearly. I wanted nothing more than for him to
like me. I tried so hard to gain his approval. I would always try to listen when he wanted
to explain how to work on something. I tried to get to where I could
follow racing and watch the Barrett-Jackson auction so I'd have
something to talk to him about. I thought of him as my Daddy and wanted
him to be able to think of me as his son.
I want people to think that I'm strong, but I can admit that I'm nowhere near as strong as
you. It broke my heart that I couldn't be there with you everyday
to help deal with seeing him like that. I only wanted to be able to fix
things and tell you everything was gonna be alright. I want you to know
how proud I am of you and how much I admire your courage because I know
how much he meant to you and everyone else. When he was around, it
seemed like everything was right with the world and without him here, it
seems like nothing is right. I will never forget all the good times we
had together. I sure do miss him.
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