Glen Nichols “Gunk” Abernathy, 72, of South Boston passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents, G. W. and Sarah Nichols Abernathy, and sister Virginia Kate Abernathy.

He is survived by his brother, Walden Abernathy (Jackie); almost sister Fairsie Snoddy; niece Carey Barnett (James); nephews Charles (Amy) and Gregory Abernathy; great niece Sarah Abernathy; great nephews Jamie Barnett, Chandler Barnett and Will Abernathy; cousins including Bonita Eckert (Frank), C. T. Reaves and Ellen Pool; and loyal friends Pam Dawson and Vicky Tyler.

Glen, a pharmacist since 1971, was the owner of Faulkner and Lawson Drug Company for 20 years and served as mayor of South Boston from 1996-2004.

In retirement he took an interest in genealogy of his family and traced his roots back 12 generations.

He loved talking with family about the “old days” and enjoyed traveling to New York and Atlanta.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at First Baptist Church, 815 N. Main Street, South Boston.

Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to the South Boston Fire Department, 403 Broad Street, the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History, P.O. Box 383, both South Boston, VA 24592, or a favorite charity.