Kemp Millard Causey, 81, died at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Home on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.
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Kemp was a son of the late Oscar Causey and Sally Powell Causey. When Kemp was 2 years old, his mother, Sally Powell Causey, died and Kemp was raised by his beloved step-mother, Maude Martin Causey.
Kemp Causey, first and foremost, had great love of family and his God. He never let business come between the valued time he spent with his family and service to his church.
Kemp served on the Trustee Committee, was chairman of Staff/Parish Committee and on the Administrative Council at Seaside United Methodist Church where he remained a member for 21 years.
Kemp Causey was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Don Causey, Dermie Causey and Clemson Causey; sister, Winifred Causey Johnson; and half -brother Wendell Causey.
Kemp is survived by Brenda B. Causey, his loving wife, best friend, and partner in business for 40 years; daughter, Joy E. Causey of Charleston, S.C., daughter, Sally P. Causey Bloom (Ben) of Raleigh; and four much-loved grandchildren, i.e., Jackson C. Bloom, Spencer C. Bloom, Susannah C. Bloom and Annabel C. Bloom.
He is also survived by sisters Mildred C. Vargas (Richard), Wilma C. Sellers (Bobby) and Sara C. Richardson; and brothers, Harry Causey and Richard "Ricky" Causey.
Coming from very humble beginnings, Kemp was driven by an uplifting desire to excel. Not wanting to take all of the credit, he often expressed his gratitude for certain educators who took a special interest to help him accomplish his goals.
During the Korean Conflict, Kemp served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
After service, he was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America for a number of years. Kemp spent his corporate career in Charlotte, where he excelled in banking and, through years of hard work, became president of the company.
During his tenure in the banking industry, he gained experience in the mortgage insurance business. Kemp was one of the founders of Investors Title Insurance Co. headquartered in Chapel Hill.
After leaving the banking business, Kemp and Brenda moved to Brunswick County where they formed two land development businesses and a real estate company.
Kemp's last development venture was Calabash Golf Links, which he owned and operated for 10 years.
Though always busy in business ventures, Kemp was a very community-minded individual and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce.
His interest in the growth of the county led to his acceptance of position of chairman of Tourism Development Authority of Brunswick County and, due to the collective efforts of Kemp and his board of directors, this county has shown excellent growth.
Kemp will best be remembered as a loving family man, a businessman with great integrity, and a man who enjoyed spreading love and laughter everywhere he went.
A funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.
Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall at Seaside.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are welcome to Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 or a charity of one's choice.
Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements by Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory, Shallotte.
Brunswick Funeral Service and Crematory
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Shallotte, NC 28459
Published in The Brunswick Beacon on Jan. 25, 2013