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Jill Venable-Abernathy

With the Abernathy Cochran Group

I loved growing up in Jefferson and attending Jefferson High School in Jackson County, Georgia. It is very exciting to watch the community I love grow and thrive.

Jill Venable Abernathy was born and raised in Jackson County.  She attended Jefferson City Schools and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1988.  She went on to graduate from Brenau University in Gainesville.  Jill and her husband, Brad, have been married for 23 years after meeting on a blind date in Athens.  Jill and Brad have two daughters, Sadie and Kate.  She grew up as a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where her parents are still members.


Jill has been a Realtor for several years and is in business with her husband’s group, the Abernathy Cochran Group, at The Norton Agency.


Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County, and what do you love there?
A: “Cotton Calf.”


Q: What modern convenience would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
A: “Books!”


Q: If you were provided a fully paid for, full time staff member, who would you choose between a Driver, Chef, Housekeeper, Coach, Trainer, or Nanny?

A: “A Chef would be my choice.”


Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “I lived in Jackson County for 18 years.”


Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
A: “Italy.”


Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “When Harry Met Sally.  I find that I reference this movie a lot.”


Q: What advice would you give?
A: “Listen intently. Keep an open mind. You never know when you might learn something new.”


Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “One of the things that is on my bucket list is to take a Tour of the Egyptian Pyramids with Dr. Hawass.”


Q: What is your favorite music/three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “I would have to pick 4. Elvis, Prince, Aerosmith, and Phil Collins.”


Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch?
A: “I would love to have lunch with Prince Charles and talk to him about his loves of gardening and historical preservation.  We would go to Sugar and Spice!”


Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “I grew up in Jefferson City School System and to this day I am proud to be a Dragon.”


Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Brad, Sadie, and Kate!”


About being the Host for The Faces Of:

I am an ambassador for our community and I thought I should introduce the community, one person at a time, to each other and to the world.

If you know of someone that you would like to nominate for this project, please let us know.



Jill Abernathy

Abernathy Cochran Real Estate Group

The Norton Agency


Direct: 770-718-5255

Email: abernathycochran@gmail.com


Website:   abernathycochran.com