Robert Dale Abernathy, 72, of Statesville, N.C., passed away, Friday, December 11, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center.

Robert was born July 10, 1948, in Iredell County and was the son of the late G.A. Abernathy and Pauline A Gallyon. He was a graduate of Iredell County Schools and on June 7, 1970, he married Delourse “Dee” Bustle Abernathy, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army, 101st Division during the Vietnam War and was a retired truck driver.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Angela A. Brayboy and Candice Nicole A. Serens; one great grandson, Alexander Eric Serens; and one brother, Jerry McClelland.

A private family service will be held in the National VA Cemetery in Salisbury.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or DAV Chapter 68, Statesville, NC. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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