“Patti” Lynn Kerley

January 23, 1953 - January 26, 2008
“Patti” Lynn Kerley

Patricia Lynn Kerley, (Patti), 55, of Carolina Beach, NC, formerly of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2008.

Patti fought a brave batttle with cancer and died peacefully at home, with her mother, Polly, at her side. Her strength, dignity, and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all that knew and loved her.

Patti was born January 23, 1953, in Forsyth County,
a daughter of Polly J. Kerley, and the late A.M. (Mac) Kerley.

She is survived by her mother, Polly Kerley of the home, brothers John Kerley and wife Julie,of Winston-Salem, Glen A. Kerley (Pete) and wife Doni of
Statesville, sisters Maxine Bowen and husband Stuart
of Tobaccoville, and Becky Ross and husband Mike of
Cherryville, several aunts, and a special uncle, J.L. Johnson
of Statesville, and many nieces and nephews.
Patti also leaves to mourn her passing many wonderful friends and
neighbors of Carolina Beach and Winston-Salem, as well as
her cat Angel, which was her constant companion.

Patti was retired from the Wilmington Police Department
where she was employed as a Crime Scene Investigator.
She had previously worked as a Crime Scene Investigator
for the Winston-Salem Police Department. Working for the
Wilmington Police Department had allowed her to realize
her dream of living at the beach. She loved all that Pleasure
Island symbolized and was an active member of the Parrot
Heads as well as the Turtle Rescue organization of Pleasure Island.

A service to celebrate Pattis’ life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 1:00 pm in The American Legion Hall on Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach with The Reverend D. Portante officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sea Turtle Project Rescue foundation or Lower Cape Fear Hospice 2222 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28401.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. Phone 910.791.9099


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  • January 29, 2008
    Patricia Mickey says:
    Mrs. Kerley and Family: I was saddened to hear of Patti's passing. Know that my prayers and sympathies are with you all. "P"

  • February 03, 2008
    Linda G. Davis says:
    We were all blessed by knowing Patti. We had worked together at the WSPD. She was a diligent, dedicated employee whose crime scene work contributed so much to solving those crimes. You never forgot that smile or her fun loving ways! We hated to see her leave WS, but she lived her dream - we should all be that lucky!

  • February 01, 2008
    Ron and Karen Butler says:
    She was a great neighbor and a good friend. One thing that Patti loved was her gardening - she told Karen it was her way of relaxing. One of the things that will always remind us of Patti will be when we look at her garden. She will be missed.

  • January 31, 2008
    Glenda Chipps says:
    Polly, I am so sorry to hear about Patti's passing. I have loved her as my sister for many years. I will always treasure the times we had together this past year. I can't imagine what you are going through. No one could ever replace Patti. Please call me or John if you ever need anything. I look forward to the day I will see Patti again on the other side. God bless you & the family!

  • February 16, 2008
    Becky Kerley Ross says:
    Patti now walks on peaceful shores, no more pain and no more suffering. Patti meant and still means so much to so many. She was loving, deciated and an incredible gift to all who knew her. We just didn't know how much we would miss her. Sis, we will always love you.