“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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  • February 02, 2008
    Glenn C. Harden says:
    Dear Kerley Family: I was a member of the Pfafftown Jaycees, a Forsyth County NC civic organization, with Patti. She dedicated many long hours to the organization and served in many leadership positions. With her help the chapter accomplished many goals in service to Pfafftown and other areas in Forsyth County. I had the privilege of serving as a Vice President during her tenure as President. Many times she put the needs of others ahead of her own. She was a very special person and will be greatly missed. I want to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to your family.

  • January 30, 2008
    wayne shumate says:
    DEAR POLLY; I JUST READ IN THE WINSTON SALEM PAPER ABOUT THE PASSING OF YOUR DAUGHTER. YOU CERTAINLY HAVE OUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY. I KNOW GOD WILL GIVE GRACE AND STRENGHTH FOR THE DAYS AHEAD. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU SOMETIME. LOVE AND PRAYERS WAYNE SHUMATE (336) 595-6649

  • January 29, 2008
    Jenella Shouse Mickey says:
    Being one of Patti's friends through school we have lost contact with each other. Larry & Jenella Mickey and MaMa Shouse would like to extend our condolences to the family of Patti.

  • January 29, 2008
    Steve Ridings says:
    To Polly -Patti's mother, I had the privilege of working with Patti for 11 years as both her co-worker and supervisor in the ID Division with the WSPD. She was an exceptional worker, and always displayed a great attitude. She was also a good friend while we worked together in ID. I will always consider it an honor to have known her. Steve Ridings Retired ID Section Supervisor

  • January 29, 2008
    Karen Saunders Burick says:
    Polly and Family: I am so sorry for your loss of Patti. It has been many years since our days on Athens Drive, but the memories remain. My prayers and sympathies are with you all.