In the late 1800s, a man by the name of George Abernathy began his business career by selling Singer sewing machines from farm-to-farm around his hometown of Bear Paw, North Carolina. In the year 1890, after realizing the need in the area, Mr. Abernathy opened a commissary in the nearby town of Farner, Tennessee. Years later, George moved his business to Ducktown, Tennessee, and began a partnership with Mr. Carl Center, establishing the Abernathy and Center Mercantile Business. George and Carl sold a variety of merchandise ranging from nails and other hardware to furniture and coffins. After George's death, Luther Abernathy, his 18 year-old son, took over his family's share in the business, trying to follow in his father's footsteps. As the business continued to thrive, Luther opened a secondary store in what is known today as Copperhill, Tennessee. 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 most well-known to our community and still stands today as the slogan for Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings.
In 1925, after years of success and expansion, the Copperhill facility was destroyed by an arsonist for unknown reasons, and the Great Depression soon followed in the 1930s. Once the depression had ended, Luther relocated and began to rebuild in the same location that the business currently stands today. Upon reopening, Luther made the decision to continue doing business only selling furniture and hardware. Luther passed away in 1949, leaving the business to his wife, Elizabeth, and children. In the 1950s, the store was partially torn down in right-of-way for a new highway connecting Blue Ridge, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee. If this inconvenience was not enough, after remodeling once again, an arsonist attempted to burn the facility once more in 1973. Fortunately, the people in the community came together and helped the Abernathy family stop the fire before it destroyed their business for a second time. The building and records were partially saved due to the kindness of the community, and the facility was able to be used as a storage warehouse until the early 2000s. Shortly after the arson attempt, Elizabeth decided to retire, leaving her son, Carl Edd, as the sole proprietor of the business.
Carl Edd Abernathy continued to expand Abernathy's Furniture, but eventually retired in 1984. On July 1 of the same year, a local entrepreneur by the name of Wayne Queen purchased the business and the business name, which had stood since the late 1800s. Prior to this transaction, Wayne owned the Handy Korner Convenience Store in the small town of Epworth, Georgia, just a short distance from Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings. In 1989, after a half a decade of growth and prosperity at Abernathy's, Wayne and his wife Diane sold the Handy Korner and began making additions to the furniture store, which included a second floor showroom above the main building, a new three-story warehouse, and a two-story office area with showroom space above connecting the two aforementioned buildings together. Since 1984, Wayne and Diane have expanded Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings to over 20,000 square feet of showroom space to accommodate the needs of the rapidly growing area around them. In May of 2006, Wayne and Diane turned the business over to their children. Abernathy's currently specializes in retail furniture, mattresses, home appliances, televisions, and accessories. Our ultimate goal at Abernathy's Complete Home Furnishings is to treat our customers as if they are a part of our own family. We will continue to do our best to provide the largest selection, the best deals, and the best service to each and every one of our valued customers. Customer satisfaction has always been and will continue to 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 127 Years Strong.