“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 28, 2008
    Val Davis says:
    I will miss Patti terribly. She was a great friend and contributed more than her share for what she believed in. She always will be in my heart. One of my bestest friends.

  • January 29, 2008
    kay wilkinson-horton says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Patti's family. Polly, I worked with Patti as a CSI in W-Salem and we were on the same squad for years. Patti was always the "life of the party", even on the job. I have never known anyone to love people like she did. And always bringing food to the office to feed us all. She got such joy from watching us indulge. There will never be another Patti, so giving and so loving. Patti, your courage and bravery is astounding and we all take a bow to you. May you rest in peace, now, and I'll just bet you're sitting at the Lord's table with a special seat reserved for you. I love you, Patti.

  • January 27, 2008
    Diane Woerner says:
    I will always remember the good times we had as Parrottheads in Carolina Beach and especially when we went to Parrottstock in Myrtle Beach. Patti was a special and talented person and we shared a love for the ocean and dolphins and Jimmy Buffet. My thoughts and prayers are with you all- especially her Mom, Polly.

  • January 27, 2008
    Linda Cheshire says:
    I am honored to have known Patti. She was a sweet spirit & an inspiration to all. My condolences to Patti's family. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Linda

  • January 27, 2008
    Billie Bridges says:
    Riding my bike past the house a few times, I got to stop and visit for a few moments each time. Patti, I will miss you terribly. I didn't get to see you that often because of my job on the road. I thought of you so much though. Sail on girl, SAIL ON!