Dora Mae Kannady

October 4, 1926 - January 28, 2022
Dora Mae Kannady


Dora Mae Smith Kannady 95, of Wilmington, died Friday Morning January 28, 2022, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCare with her family at her side.

Dora was born on October 4, 1926, in Brunswick County, the daughter of the late Sicero and Bessie Hickman Smith. She was a lifelong member of Longwood Baptist Church. Preceding her in death are her husband Boyd Arch Kannady, grandchildren; Lyndsey Floyd, Patrick Tew and Richard Kannady.

Dora Mae loved talking (a lot), smiling, family, taking care of her yard, orange pineapple ice cream, nightly chats with her great friend Joyce, eating out with Linda, getting pampered by special friend Miss Linda, steamed oysters, fried spots, walking through Walmart, visits from family, car rides, Days of our Lives, singing the Billy Goat song to her grandkids and cooking good ole southern meals. She was loved and touched by all who knew her including her Cedar Ave kids.

Surviving are daughters Karen Floyd and husband Chris, Linda McArthur and husband Doug of Wilmington; sons Brent Kannady and wife Susan of Richmond, VA; John Kannady and wife Stephanie of Cumming, GA; Kenneth Kannady and wife Betty of Columbus, GA; and David Kannady and wife Lynda of Ellerslie, GA., ten grandchildren; Kimberly, David, Michael, Brent, Lori, Amanda, Ashley, Lauren, John and Pamela, nine great-grandchildren; JR, Travis, Sarah, Ryan, Adrian, Emma, Miguel, Margaret Mae and Claire.

Due to COVID and social distancing, a graveside funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 PM Monday, January 31, 2022, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Reverend Dodd Mays will officiate the service.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401; or to Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910-791-9099.


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  • January 29, 2022
    Patty Rode says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I will always remember Dora Mays sweet smile.

  • January 30, 2022
    Kimberly and Carnell Jacobs lit a candle:
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  • January 30, 2022
    Phillip Tew says:
    Dora Mae was one of the sweetest and loving persons I have ever had the pleasure of knowing ! She treated everyone with respect and kindness ! She will truly be. Missed ! Heaven has recalled one of its angels ! With love ,Phillip

  • January 30, 2022
    Eric and Debbie says:
    You all will be in our thoughts and prayers…love you guys!!! So sorry… your mother was such a sweet lady!!!

  • January 30, 2022
    Linda Brown says:
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.