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Updated: 05/30/2014 08:00:01AM

Leon Bryant Abernathy

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Leon Bryant Abernathy, 60, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Englewood, Fla.

He was born July 13, 1953, in Maryland.

Leon grew up in Northern Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1974 with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for a few years in Virginia, and relocated to Florida in 1976. He retired from Pinellas County, Fla., and moved to Englewood in 2007.

Leon is survived by his mother, Lillian Abernathy; his sister, Diane (Charles) Deily; three nephews, Curtis (Julie), Morgan (Christine) and Casey Deily; one great-nephew (Nicholas); three great-nieces, Alyssa, Madyson and Allyson; as well as his Aunt Wanda and Uncle Jack; his Aunt Peggy; many cousins; and his cousin he was especially close to, Mark (Sallie) Abernathy of El Jobean, Fla., who was essentially his brother. He was preceded in death by all of his grandparents; his father, Milton Abernathy; his Uncle Winston and Aunt Bonnie; his Uncle Bobby and Aunt Martha; and his cousins, Larry and Denise.

A service and celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Son-Light Community Church, 4694 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33980. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bayside Operation, 43550 Riverpoint Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176 — a charity for recuperating wounded veterans and their families, founded by his cousin, Neal Zimmerman; or to Son-Light Community Church. You may express your condolences to the family at

Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Englewood.

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