“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 26, 2008
    Wanda Hannah says:
    Patti, you were my co-worker and my friend. You will be missed more than you know. We knew you had a strong spirit but we never knew just how strong you were until you fought the fight of your life.Go, be with God for eternal life ever lasting.

  • January 29, 2008
    Scott Sluder says:
    Dear Kerley Family, I want to extend my deepest regrets to your family in the loss of such an incredible person. Although Patti left us to pursue her dreams of living at the beach, I remember her often and recall how diligently she worked for us at WSPD. She brightened everyone's day with her lovely smile and warm personality. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  • January 29, 2008
    mike wilkins says:
    patti i enjoyed working with you with the winston police department. you always had a smile and you worked so hard at the job you love so much.. you were always so happy to be around.. thank you for being a wonderful friend...

  • January 29, 2008
    Keith Redmon says:
    I worked with Patti for several years at the WSPD, that is until she went to esperience her dream of living by the beach. I missed her when she left, and I still do. When its said that "Patti was the life of the party,"...well that was certainly the truth. Patti was a life long friend and one I will not soon forget. It was an honor and a privilege to have known her and worked with her.

  • January 29, 2008
    Larry & Brenda Shouse says:
    Polly-- We are sorry to hear about your loss of Patti. Miss you here in Winston-Salem. Best wishes.