Gene H. Abernethy, retired Colonel, Chief Division of Enforcement North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, passed away March 14, 2015. Gene was born in Granite Falls, NC to the late L.M. and Helen Abernethy. He served as an MP in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 in Germany and retired from North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement Division in 1987. After retirement he was an avid fisherman which he enjoyed with his grandchildren. He was a life long member of Granite Falls First Baptist Church. Gene is survived by son, Jim H. Abernethy; step-son, Mike Dorman; grandchildren, Seth H. Abernethy, Caroline S. Abernethy, and Jennifer H. Abernethy; brother, Lloyd Abernethy; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings, Bob Abernethy and Gloria Norwood. Visitation will be held Friday, March 20, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church located at 301 N. Woodrow Street with the funeral to follow at 4:00 pm. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite Falls, NC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Military Missions In Action - 411-B North Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.