WILLIS, Va. — Carr Bolton “Bo” Abernethy born June 29, 1939, in Johnson City, TN, passed away peacefully at home October 16, 2011.
The son of the late Alfred Harvey Abernethy and Frances Abernethy-McKee, Bo grew up in Johnson City and graduated from Science Hill High School in 1957. In 1963, he graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
In 1965, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a Masters Degree in Architecture. Later he moved to Johnson City, TN, to join his father’s firm, Abernethy-Robinson-Abernethy Architects.
His reputation among his peers was that of being “the most inventive and creative architect in the region. The cubist forms of the cantilevered concrete forms of the ETSU Student Center, the soaring roof of the bermed Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, the sloping hillside condos of the first Woodstone units and his work on modular precast concrete buildings reflect a small part of an enormous body of meaningful work and creativity.”
In 1980, Bo left Johnson City and founded his own company Archeonics-Research and Development in Orlando, FL, where he developed a modular building system. Throughout his career he received numerous awards and acclamations for his unique architectural style. His ultimate architectural achievement was his totally sustainable home in Willis, VA.
While he followed his father’s footsteps in innovative architecture, his first love was God and his spiritual life. In 1976, after having a profound spiritual experience with the book called “A Course in Miracles,” he immersed himself in exploring the Principles of this teaching.
He became a spiritual teacher in Orlando, FL. His unique approach to the teachings based on forgiveness attracted hundreds of people to his classes and workshops all around the USA and Mexico. His gentleness, kindness, and unwavering love for everyone he met were characteristics of both his professional and personal life.
Bo and Thais founded Light of Freedom, Inc., an intentional community based on the principles of “A Course in Miracles” for the sole purpose of experiencing inner peace. His vision was to have a place where people could enjoy the beauty of the land and experience “the peace that surpasses all understanding.”
His positive zest for life and his gentle, quiet ways will be remembered by all who knew him. He lived sustainably and died sustainably. His body was donated to MedCure for the purpose of MS Research.
Bo is survived by his wife, Thais Abernethy, of Willis, VA; two sons: Cam Abernethy and wife, Lisa, of Crozet, VA, Colin Abernethy and wife, Alexis, of Riverside, CT; four grandsons: Tyler and Drew Abernethy, of Crozet, VA, Callum and Wyatt Abernethy, of Riverside, CT; two sisters: Aubrie Abernethy and husband, Jim Gorny, of Johnson City, TN, Barbara Tyler and husband, John, of Atlanta, GA; two brothers: John Abernethy and wife, Sonia, of Bluffton, SC, Harvey Abernethy and wife, Diana, of Knoxville, TN; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, as well as his beloved Black Lab, Jazz; and his Course in Miracles Family.
The family would like to thank Carilion Clinic Hospice and especially the compassionate care of Sherry Reed, RN, and all the family and friends for their love and support during this journey.
A Celebration of Bo’s Life will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, charitable tax deductible donations may be made to Light of Freedom, Inc., a non-profit corporation, 1257 Moles Road, Willis, VA 24380.