Jerry Dean Kearns, 87, of Thomasville went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.
Jerry (also called Dean) was born July 16, 1934 to the late Ernest and Mary Kearns in Davidson County. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Lula, in 1957 and shared 54 years of marriage. After 20 years of working in the upholstery business he took his multiple creative talents and started his own business, Winston Concepts LLC, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2019. Jerry formerly was an active member of Hillside Park Baptist Church.
He was warm and happy with a great sense of humor. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed golf, NASCAR, and eating out. The T-Ville Diner and Lexington BBQ were his favorites. He loved people and they loved him. Above all, he loved his family and to all of us he was “Papaw”.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Bowers Kearns; four siblings, Garry Kearns, Martha Kearns, Larry Kearns, and Barry Kearns. Surviving are his three daughters, Kim Covington and husband Phillip of Archdale, Susan Skaggs and husband John of Summerfield, Tracey Kearns of Thomasville; three granddaughters, Megan Johnson and husband Zane, Caitlin Akerman and husband Randy, Carly Ysidron and husband Dominic; a great-grandson, Mark Akerman; three brothers, Terry Kearns, Joe Kearns and wife Sandy, Joel Kearns; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the J.C. Green and Sons funeral home chapel with Rev. Brian Eades officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville. The family will greet friends prior from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Veterans organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be given at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
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