NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -
Services have been scheduled for Nacogdoches icon Dr. Frances 'Ab' Abernethy, who died at his home Saturday.
He was 89. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. Services will be held at Nacogdoches' Banita Creek hall.
His death comes within two weeks of having over 400 admirers honor him with a dinner on Ab Abernethy Day. Two days earlier, the First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches celebrated his accomplishments, and there are many.
However, Abernethy is best known as the “Trailblazer of Nacogdoches” for beginning the Lanana and Banita Creek Trails in Nacogdoches.
He was also a former director of the Texas Folklore Society, historian, Stephen F. Austin State University professor, naturalist, actor, entertainer, veteran, husband, and father.
Abernethy was also a musician who helped begin the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio where the East Texas String Ensemble often played.
Abernethy was honored just two weeks ago for a resolution passed by the Texas House and Senate that declared March 10th "Ab Abernethy Day."
A banquet was held in his honor in Nacogdoches by the Banita Creek Trail committee where he was given the key to the city by Mayor Roger Van Horn.