June Elizabeth Kerr, 80, of Vernon St., Narrows, departed this life in the loving presence of her family at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. She was born on September 6, 1930, in Newport, the oldest child of the nine children of John Washington and Amanda Link Smith. June was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when she was eight years old, she was a graduate of the 1947 Class at Newport High School and Salutatorian, and she was employed at the Celanese Celco Plant at Narrows for forty-nine years as a Lab. Tech. She was preceded in death by her parents, a baby sister Mary Frances Smith, and three brothers John (Sonny) Smith, Jerry Smith, and Jimmy Smith.
She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband and best friend of sixty-three years Walter Andrew Kerr, Sr.; her daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Bill Bandy of Pearisburg; her sons and daughter-in-law Walter A. Kerr, Jr, and Teresia of Hagerstown, MD, and Larry Wayne Kerr of Narrows; her brother and sister-in-law Roger Eugene and Betty Smith of Newport; her sisters and brothers-in-law Iris Smith of Roanoke, Patsy and Charles Vaught of Salem and Joyce and Mike Dilello of Christiansburg; her sisters-in-law Pat Smith of Newport, Sam Smith of Newport, and Yvonne (Bonnie) Smith of Riner; her grandchildren Matthew J and Sheri Kerr, Joshua Kerr and his fiancÚ Shalisha Nason, Adam Kerr, Elizabeth and Tom Gochenour, James Spicer, Tiffany and James Helton; her great-grandchildren McKenzie and Spencer Kerr, Lila Gochenour, Preston Spicer, Jameson Helton.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, June 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with burial following in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to the Iris Brammer Library or the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 440, Narrows, VA, 24124. The family would like to express heart-felt thanks to the nursing staff, physicians and hospice at Giles Community Hospital for their skilled and devoted care of June during her illness. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.