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Love Stories: Estelle and David Abernathy

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

In 1969, Estelle and David met at First Baptist Church in Charlotte after his family moved from Atlanta. He played football at South Mecklenburg High School; Estelle attended Myers Park. The couple married a year after high school on Aug. 19, 1972. They’ve lived all over the world and now call Waxhaw home. David tells their story.

Thoughtful giving: I suppose you could say Estelle chose me. That December, she drew my name at church for a Christmas gift exchange. She made several presents, which I really appreciated. The first was a little rock figure that looked sort of like a football player, which she painted red and white, South Meck colors. Estelle also used cardboard and yarn to make a little jewelry box, which is the only such box I have ever had. That was the beginning of our relationship.

Young love: Estelle and I married in the same church where we met. Ours was supposed to be the first wedding in the new building at South Davidson Street, but the pews didn’t arrive in time. We were one of the last couples to be married at the old sanctuary at North Tryon and Seventh Street, which later became Spirit Square.

Worldly adventures: We graduated from UNC Charlotte before moving to Dallas in 1987, where we trained for a year with the Wycliffe Bible Translators mission organization. Over the next few years, we lived in Arizona, returned to Charlotte, then spent two years serving in Mexico. We came to Waxhaw in 1993 and have worked at the JAARS Center ever since, save 2005-2007, when we trained African students’ Bible translation in Kenya.

Love of family: We have eight children, three grandchildren and two daughters in law. I was in Kenya when our first grandchild was born and in Nigeria when the second arrived. But I was able to be in Waxhaw when the third one came. Hilary Trenda


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