Samuel J. V. Abernathy was born October 29, 1929, in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Samuel is a proud member of the Bedford County Training School class of 1950, where he was Co-Captain of the historic B.C. T. S. football team that went unbeaten for 82 games. He also was the first basketball player in the school’s history to make All Tournament and All Mid-State, in 1947.
He is an alumnus of Tennessee State University where he received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He received 45 hours above his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
For forty years, he was a Tennessee State University Professor who was known not only for his dedication to helping students to take care of their physical bodies, as a Health and Physical Education Professor and Assistant Coach of the Tigerbelles; but who also stressed taking care of their emotional and Spiritual Health, as well. Grateful students stop and thank him daily for touching their lives.
Samuel is a “People’s Person!” Without fanfare, his whole life has been dedicated to helping people. Samuel didn’t limit his helping skills to the classroom. He worked diligently throughout the community as a Little League Coach and Boy Scout Leader among many other things. In 2008, at the age of 78, he was awarded the Citizen Commendation Award by the Metro Nashville Police for stopping a store robbery.
Samuel is a faithful member of Gordon Memorial Methodist Church where he has served in a number of capacities, including Sunday School Superintendent and Recreational Director for many years.
In retirement, Samuel keeps extremely busy helping people, as usual. If you need a ride to work, the store, the doctor, a shopping spree or simply want to go sight-seeing, he is the man to call. If you need someone to go with you to visit the sick and shut-in, call Samuel. If you need counseling for a problem, call Samuel. If you want to go out to breakfast, lunch or dinner, call Samuel.
We are thankful to honor this man who has given so freely of himself. “He that would be GREAT among you,” says Christ, “LET HIM SERVE OTHERS.”