Mildred Ernestine Abney, 77, of LaFayette, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018, surrounded by her family at Rosewood Assisted Living in Fort Oglethorpe.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of LaFayette where she worked many years in the nursery and enjoyed outings and time of fellowship with the K.A.P.S. group of the church. She was also a member of the LaFayette Crochet Club for 20 years and the Red Hat Society for five years. Ernestine had a passion for teaching and worked 30 years for the Walker County School System as a third grade teacher at Fortune Elementary and Gilbert Elementary schools. She was an avid fan of Alabama football and the Atlanta Braves. She loved bowling and collecting beanie babies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Abney; and parents, Ernest Heaton and Margaret Sumner Heaton.
Survivors include her stepdaughters, LaRaye Ely, Dale Young and Jill Wallace; stepson, Terry Abney; sister, Rachel Lord (Jim); brother, Jerome Heaton (Sara); and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with speakers Joe and Brenda Moore officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette City Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Del Richards, Shawn Heaton, Brian Heaton, Joe Moore, Chris Poole, and Adam Morgan.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 1 p.m. until hour of service at the funeral home.
The family extends a special thanks to Rosewood Assisted Living and Hearth Hospice.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.