09/17/04 — JOSEPH C. KEARNEY

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LAGRANGE -- Joseph Carnel Kearney, 66, of 213 West Washington St., died Thursday in Knightdale.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Rouse Funeral Home with Elder J.M. Mewborn and the Rev. Dean Hightower officiating. Burial will be in Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Kearney was born in Greene County to the late Joseph Daniel Kearney and Etheleen Wells Kearney. He graduated from LaGrange High School and received degrees in business administration and accounting from East Carolina University. He retired from the Internal Revenue Service, where he began as an accountant, was promoted to supervisor and later worked with the IRS Review Board. He worked in IRS offices in Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh and Greensboro.

Mr. Kearney was proprietor of J.C. Kearney Farms in Greene County and a partner in Southern Florist & Gifts. He was a patron of the LaGrange Public Library and a supporter of the LaGrange Arts Council and LaGrange Redevelopment Foundation. He attended Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church.

His survivors include his wife of 48 years, Carol Jean Radford Kearney; two daughters, Beverly Kearney Brothers of LaGrange and Betsy Kearney Farmer and husband, Michael, of Knightdale; one son, Dr. Joseph Benjamin Kearney and wife, Dr. Hutton Moore-Kearney, of Durham; one sister, Faye Kearney Pridgen and husband, Raymond, of LaGrange; nine grandchildren, Anna Brothers Pike, Sarah Brothers Vaughn and husband, Steve, Henry Brothers IV, Meghan Farmer, Caitlin Farmer, Hannah Farmer, Jesse Farmer, Charlotte Kearney and Benjamin Joseph Kearney; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Pike and James Pike.

The family will receive friends at Rouse Funeral Home one hour prior to the service on Saturday, other times at the residence.

Published in Obituaries on September 17, 2004 1:46 PM