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Charlotte KEMKER

  • "Sara, Carol, and John..... What great memories I have of..."

KEMKER, Charlotte Charlotte Faye Harwood Kemker (79) went to Heaven to be with her beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 16, 2014. Charlotte was born on April 9, 1935 in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. She and her "older" twin Shelby Ray Harwood were delivered by their maternal grandmother in a log cabin. Their parents were the late Orin Lois Harwood and Hazel Belle Carter Harwood. Charlotte began a lifelong journey of learning and teaching when she attended College High in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She graduated summa cum laude in 1957 from Western Kentucky University with a degree in English and minors in French and History. After college, she taught school and although she took early "retirement" to raise her family, she continued to instill a love for learning in her children, grandchildren, Sunday School students, and those she tutored. She married John Edward Kemker, Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee on August 10, 1957 and shortly thereafter, they moved to Texas where their three children were born. Charlotte immersed herself in learning about all things Texas, namely, its history, wildflowers, and culture. She made many dear friends during her and Edd's twenty-plus years in Texas. In 1979, she and Edd were transferred to Atlanta, Georgia by his employer Gulf Oil. Continuing to focus on her family, she began to learn about her new home, teach Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, and make more dear friends. In Atlanta, she celebrated fifty years of marriage to Edd. Charlotte is predeceased by the love of her life Edd Kemker, her parents, and brothers Hoyt and O. L. Harwood. She is survived by her children Sara Mattingly Kemker Tays, Carol Loraine Kemker, and John Edward Kemker III, her "saints" of son-in-laws Joe Tays and James Poulos, her beloved grandson Steven Tays and granddaughters Jerrica McGuire, Kaitlyn Kemker, Rose Kemker, and Sara Kemker, and the mother of her granddaughters Stephannie McGuire. Charlotte will also be missed by her twin brother Shelby, sister Alice Carol Harwood Borders, brothers-in-law Dr. Bernard Kemker and Dr. F. Joseph Kemker, and her numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Of special remembrance are her dear friends Sue Miller, Mary Clare Bromley, Tom Griggs and those in the Gulf Oil Retiree Club. Visitation is Friday, June 20th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a celebration of her life on Saturday June 21 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA. Following a reception at the church, interment will take place at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 4278 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to St. Bede's Youth Ministry, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30345.


Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 20, 2014
Charlotte F Kemker
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H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel
4550 Peachtree Road Ne | Atlanta, GA 30319 | (404) 261-3510
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