Joe was born to Joel Lee and Carma Blaine Abernathy on May 25, 1944. His father was a charter member of Chapman.
Joe is retired from Jefferson-Pilot Communications Company, where he was Vice President of Information Technologies. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, Electrical option, in 1970.
In September, 1979, he married Phyllis Kay Weaver Yow. Between Joe's children Scott and Kim, and Kay's children, Jimmy, Sharon and Dean, Joe and Kay have a total of 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
When not serving the Lord managing the Church's finances, Joe is usually riding one of his two Harley Davidsons, yakking on his ham radio (call sign AB4WF) , or building and flying RC model airplanes!