This past May, Floy Abernathy Miller Little celebrated her one hundredth birthday with a party at the arboretum surrounded by her large family and many friends. She lived life to the fullest every single day until her departure from this world on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Floy, (a Latin word for "blossoming, charming"), was born to George Ross and Willie Jane Brasfield Abernathy on May 28, 1916, in the Carroll Springs Community, south of Athens. Upon the loss of her mother, she was raised by maternal grandparents, Allison Asbury and Laura Thompson Brasfield. She is survived by two of her five brothers, Bob and Herbert. Dan, George and Donald, as well as her sister, Irene, are deceased.
Floy attended school in both the Union Community and in Athens. Her education and interests continued to expand throughout her life: She became an accomplished artist, a knowledgeable historian, a seamstress and quilt maker, an avid gardener, a cook and homemaker, and still taught Sunday School at age 100. She helped pioneer the woman's place in retail sales, and was employed at J.C. Penney's for 20 years. She even met and had a private conversation with Mr. Penney himself. She enjoyed playing dominoes and marbles and has played an important role in her community, organizing games and encouraging others to play. Above all, Floy has set an example to younger generations by being a lady, both in manner and attire. She believed her longevity could be attributed to the peace she had attained as well as her curiosity and willingness to learn new things.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Reba Miller, with whom she had two daughters, Glenda Ann Hillboldt and Marilyn Boles. She later married Jack Little. They had nine happy years together prior to his death. One of her greatest losses was that of her beloved grandson, Kenny Richardson. Floy has been blessed with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and many close friends and relatives. Her enduring faith enabled her to live a long and fruitful life, and she will truly be missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The East Texas Regional Arboretum of Athens. 1601 Patterson Rd Athens, Texas 75751.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home with burial to follow at LaRue Cemetery. If you would like to light a candle or leave a condolence for the family, you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com.
Published on February 8, 2017