Larry retired from Jacksonville State University as supervisory custodian and Sharon is a retired registered nurse from Jacksonville Medical Center. They have lived all their life and raised their five children in Jacksonville.
They are living an active retirement, with gardening, service to the community and their church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
Their children and spouses are Tina (Samuel) Nickles, Larry Abernathy Jr., Gwendolyn (James) Morris, Thomas (Sabrina) Abernathy, and Regina (Kevin) Abernathy.
Their grandchildren are Captain Samuel Nickles, Larry Abernathy III, Benjamin Morris, Christopher (CJ) Abernathy, Chasity Abernathy, J’Christian Morris and Myles Morris.