A Heritage You Can Trust
In the late 1800s, a man named George Abernathy began his business career selling Singer sewing machines from farm to farm around his hometown of Bear Paw, North Carolina. Soon after, in the year 1890, he opened a commissary in the nearby town of Farner, Tennessee, after realizing the need in the area. Years later, George moved his business to Ducktown, Tennessee, and partnered with Mr. Carl Center forming the Abernathy and Center Mercantile Business. George and Carl sold a variety of merchandise ranging from nails and hardware to furniture and appliances. After George's death, his son Luther took over the family's interest in the business in an attempt to follow in his father's footsteps. As the business continued to thrive, Luther opened a secondary store in Copperhill, Tennessee, where he primarily sold furniture, dynamite, and hardware. Luther also operated a funeral parlor on the top floor of the establishment and sold caskets as well. During Luther's time in Copperhill, he created two business slogans: "Coffins, Caskets, and Dynamite" and "You Marry the Girl, We'll Furnish the Home." The second slogan, "You Marry the Girl, We'll Furnish the Home," is the slogan most well-known to our community and still stands today at Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings.
In 1925, after years of success and expansion, an arsonist burned the Copperhill facility, and the Great Depression soon followed in the 1930s. After the depression, Luther rebuilt the store on the same land our business currently stands on today between Blue Ridge, Georgia, and McCaysville, Georgia. Luther passed away in 1949, leaving his wife, Elizabeth, and his children to run the business. In the 1950s, the store was partially torn down in right of way for a new highway, and in 1973, after remodeling once again, an arsonist attempted to destroy the store once more. Thankfully, the people of the community helped the Abernathy family extinguish the fire before destroying the store a second time. After this event, Elizabeth decided to retire, leaving her son Carl Edd as the sole proprietor of the business. Later that same year, Carl Edd built a much larger, flame retardant facility in the same location, using the old store building as a warehouse for their inventory.
Carl Edd Abernathy eventually retired in 1984 and on July 1, 1984, a local man by the name of Wayne Queen, who was the owner of the Handy Korner Convenience Store in Epworth, bought the business. Since that date in 1984, Wayne and his wife, Diane, have made many additions to the store that was previously erected by Mr. Carl Edd Abernathy. After selling the Handy Korner in 1989, he began making additions that include a second-floor showroom to the main building, a new three-story warehouse to serve as inventory storage and showroom space, and a two-story office area with showroom space connecting the two buildings together. Since 1984, Wayne and Diane have expanded Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings to over 21,000 square feet of showroom area to accommodate the rapidly growing area around them. In May 2006, Wayne and Diane turned the business over to their children, Melody, Jason, and Dustin with Dustin becoming the store manager. We currently specialize in furniture, mattresses, home appliances, televisions, and décor. Our ultimate goal is to treat our customers as if they are part of our own family and to provide the level of service that all of our customers deserve. We will continue to do our best at representing the world’s top brands at the most unbeatable prices. Customer satisfaction has been and will always be our number one priority here at Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings.
Come by our showroom today and experience why Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings is 129 Years Strong!