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FROM STAFF REPORTS

BURNET — Former Burnet High School head football coach Jesse Edwin Abernathy died July 26. He was 70.

Abernathy coached the Bulldogs from 1988 to 2000, amassing an overall record of 69-67-10. In that time, he led the team to the playoffs five times, including a trip to the state finals in 1991.

From 1988 to 1993, Burnet beat rival Marble Falls four times, lost twice and had one regular-season tie. Burnet advanced in the playoffs on a tie against the Mustangs in the 1991 playoffs.

Abernathy also coached at Hays and Rockdale high schools.

In 2003, Burnet High School established the Ed Abernathy award, which is given each year to a male and a female athlete for their work ethic and personality.

Abernathy was born Aug. 19, 1943, in Freer. He is survived by his wife, Connie Abernathy; daughter, Trisha Gallagher; stepsons, Brannon Garza and David Esquivel; brother, Chuck Abernathy; and three grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brother Donald Abernathy.

A celebration of life service is 11 a.m. Aug. 9 at his home in Port Lavaca.

editor@thepicayune.com