Ex-E. Williston resident S. Chrisman Abernethy dies at 81

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S. Chrisman Abernethy

S. Chrisman Abernethy, “Chris”, passed away on Nov. 29 at the age of 81, but will live in the hearts of the many people who have been touched by his service, generosity, and caring.

Chris spent most of his life living in East Williston, where he was active as a volunteer firefighter, serving for many years as chief. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 4 years and then pursued his dream of becoming a New York City firefighter.

He served the city of New York for 20 years, and then retired to Florida. In his retirement, Chris became active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Lake Worth Inlet Coast Guard station, where he manned the radios, served as Officer of the Day and taught boating safety classes.

He served as a mentor to many young men and women working there and was well-loved and respected. A few months ago, the communications room where he worked at the Coast Guard station was named in his honor.

Chris is survived and missed by his sister, Corless (Wilson) Eldred (Corlie), her husband Keith, their sons, and grandchildren, as well as many special friends. His ashes will be buried at sea in a Coast Guard ceremony in the spring.

Submitted by Corless Eldred, Williamston, Mich.

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