John Anthony (Jack) Kerr, Sr., of Greensboro, N.C., died peacefully on February 15, 2022 at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina after a lengthy illness. Jack was born in Charleston, South Carolina on July 25,1939. His parents, Basil Rahall Kerr and Grace Hoffman Kerr preceded him in death. Jack was married for over 60 years to his high school sweetheart, Virginia Nuss Kerr. They were blessed with three children, John A. Kerr, Jr. (Tara), Angela Kerr Boyland, Ellen Nora Kerr Deese (David). Jack was known as Pop-Pop to his ten grandchildren: Elijah J. Moffe (Chris), Alexander J. Moffe, Levi J. Moffe (Emily), Elliott A. Boyland, Cooper J. Boyland, Sydney L. Kerr, Oliver J. Kerr, and step-grandchildren, Dakota Parker, Payton Deese and Walker Deese. He is survived by two brothers, James J. Kerr ( Harriet) and Richard H. Kerr. Jack had a special love for his God-child, Theresa Bouvette Sloop (Rick), who also survives, him along with other nieces and nephews. Predeceased siblings were brothers, Francis, Robert, Basil Kerr and sisters, Rose Mary Kerr Bouvette and Margaret Ann Kerr. As a youth growing up on Johns Island, South Carolina, Jack never stopped talking about swimming in the Penny Creek and skiing in the Stono River with his friends. He was fortunate to serve his military Reserve duty in The US Coast Guard based at the Charleston Battery. He was activated during the Cuban Crisis under President John F. Kennedy. Jack became a Real Estate Broker, Licensed Contractor, and Land Developer in Charleston, South Carolina. He held the office of President of the Home Builders Association and was presented the Builder of the Year Award among many other recognitions. In 1976, Jack accepted a Regional Sales Director position with Boise Cascade, Kingsberry Home Division and chose Greensboro, NC as his new home. Returning to Charleston for Class Reunions at his former schools, Bishop England High School and the Citadel Military College, were events he never missed. After an early retirement, Jack served 13 years as an Ordained Youth Minister at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC. He not only shared his love of God with the young people but showed them through example the way God wants one to live. As a senior citizen, Jack enjoyed participating in the Senior Olympics Program in the county, state and national competitions. He was awarded many medals in Race Walking, Shot Putt and Swimming. Over the years, he acquired many great friends at the Spears YMCA while working out there almost daily. His greatest pleasure was being with family and especially with his grandchildren and watching them achieve their goals. They always knew their Dad or Pop Pop would show up at their special events and brag about them. Jack always put his family first in his life. A gravesite burial service will be held in Charleston, South Carolina at St. Lawrence Cemetery at a time to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jack’s memory to The Spears Y Annual Campaign in Greensboro, “Sending Children to Summer Camp”, 3216 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro, NC 27410. Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home, 515 N. Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina is assisting the family. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.
Posted in: Post and Courier
Posted on: 2022-02-28
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