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Visitation information
Bethania Moravian Church
5545 Main St., Bethania, NC 27010
Saturday, Mar 04, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
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Service information
Bethania Moravian Church
5545 Main St., Bethania, NC 27010
Saturday, Mar 04, 2017
3 p.m.
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Interment information
Bethania Moravian Church Graveyard
Bethania, NC
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Elmer Ray Kearney
Dec 05, 1928 - Feb 27, 2017
Elmer Ray Kearney of Pfafftown, NC passed away on February 27, 2017. He was born December 5, 1928 in Forsyth County to Ernest and Nellie Kearney.

He graduated from Old Town School in 1947 with honors as Valedictorian. He went to school for business accounting and started working for Salem Steel. After being called to serve a few years in the U.S. Army, as part of the Korean War, he returned to Salem Steel/Carolina Steel and retired in 1990 with 43 years of service.

He was a life-long dedicated member of Bethania Moravian Church involved in the business/accounting functions of the church and participated in a few Global Missions trips. Having provided 40+ years of dedication to Bethania’s graveyard, he served in every role including Graveyard Committee member, “Superintendent”, grave plot marker, mower, and fence maintainer. He also co-authored a directory titled “Historical Account from 1760 – 2008 of God’s Acre, Bethania Moravian Church Graveyard,” which is requested world-wide for ancestry research.

He spent many years playing a Tuba with the Bethania Church Band, other Moravian church bands, and the Old Town Concert Band.

He was very active in the local political party for several years managing precincts.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 58 years, Bertie W. Kearney.

Surviving are his three daughters, Gayle (Roger) Snyder of Mills River, NC; Beth (Donnie) Riggs of Winston-Salem, NC; Brenda (Eugene) Crotts of Green Cove Springs, FL; son, Carl Gray Kearney of Oak Ridge, NC; and two brothers Clyde (Doris) Kearney of Pfafftown, NC; and Hugh (Norma) Kearney of Pfafftown, NC. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Ashley (Nick) Ward, Taylor Snyder, Kaleb Riggs, Alexanderia Crotts, and Bailey Kearney.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Duke Marley for his weekly visitations with Daddy.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4th at Bethania Moravian Church. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. David Merritt officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethania Moravian Church Graveyard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethania Moravian Church Graveyard Fund, 5545 Main St., Bethania, NC 27010. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
 
 
 
 
Condolences
Mike & Pattie Fields
Beth and Donnie; We are so sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for you all and if we might be of assistance in any way, let us know. We love you all.
 
 
Jeff and Rebecca Wells
Gayle, We are thinking of you in your time of loss.
 
 
Lynn Ebert
Beth, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's death. I remember seeing him (and you) almost daily at the Brian Center visiting your mom. Remember all those times Bear visited your mom? Bear is doing fine these days. You and your family are in my thoughts.
 
 
Cheri Rayle
Carl, I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Prayers and condolences are sent your way. Cheri Rayle
 
 
Orlando Velez
Carl, my deepest condolences on the loss of your day. May he have eternal peace. God Bless
 
 
Donna Brady
So sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
 
 
Leslie Davis
Carl, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
 
 
Boyce and Sarah Jones
Gayle and family, We are sorry to hear about your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers, now and in the days to come.
 
 
John C Shore
Clyde I am so sorry to hear about Elmer's passing. You know how much we enjoyed playing in the band. Sure wish I could be there. For the family we will be praying for God to give you peace and comfort during this time of sadness. Clyde we hope to be in NC in Sep. May God bless you.
 
 
Pride Carson
Gayle, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. Please know that I will be keeping you and your family in my closest thoughts and prayers. - - Pride Carson
 
 
Jordan Smith
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
 
 
 
 
 
 

         

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