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Kemper, Eleanor Lucille (McNeil) - Huntersville  
Eleanor Lucille McNeil Kemper, 69, passed away on Monday morning, June 27th, 2016 at her home in Huntersville, NC, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 23rd, 1947 in Narrows, VA. She married the love of her life Robert Kemper in 1968. She received a BS from Radford University in 1969. Eleanor spent the majority of her life alongside her family in Huntersville, NC. She was a loving mother to six children and an amazing grandmother. Eleanor was a talented seamstress and star tennis player. She loved large gatherings and being with her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her son, Rob. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Kemper; children, Lia, Kerri, Ben, Leslie, and Brad and their families, which include fifteen grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 10-11:30 AM Saturday, July 2 at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 148 Lazy Lane, Mooresville, NC 28117. The funeral will follow at 11:30 AM. Words cannot express the gratitude for the loving support of our friends and family. We would also like to thank all the health care professionals especially Kathleen Doman, M.D. and the Novant Hospice staff. Memorial donations may be made to: Novant Health Hospice and Supportive Care, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 25233-3549. James Funeral Home of Huntersville is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 30, 2016

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Kennett Jr., James Edward "Jim" - Charlotte  
James "Jim" Edward Kennett, Jr., 83, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. Jim was born March 12, 1933 in Madisonville, Kentucky, to the late James Edward Kennett and Mary Catherine Stum Kennett. Jim graduated from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He worked in the textile industry for over 30 years as a sales representative. He was a member of Grace Covenant Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was pre deceased by a brother, Warren T. Kennett. Mr. Kennett is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra Barnes Kennett, daughters, Catherine "Meg" Kennett Davis (Steven) of Abbeville, SC and Elizabeth Kennett Brown (Gregory) of Concord, NC, a son, Robert "Bob" Donnell of Charlotte, NC, granddaughters, Kendyl Elizabeth Brown and Madelyn Grace Brown, a sister-in-law, Barbara Snarr Kennett and nephews, Warren and Edward Kennett. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 at James Funeral Home of Huntersville. A graveside service will be held in Oddfellows Cemetery, Madisonville, KY, at a later date. Memorials can be made to Grace Covenant Church, 17301 Statesville Road, Cornelius, NC 28031, Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 and to Levine and Dickson Hospice House 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078. Online condolences may be made at .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 29, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Kaklamanos, Kimon - Mint Hill  
Kimon Kaklamanos, 95 of Watertown, MA and more recently Middleboro and Plymouth MA and Mint Hill, NC passed away at 7:24pm on June 12, 2016. Born May 19, 1921 in Boston, MA, son of Olga and William Kaklamanos, Kimon was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine (Zinko) Kaklamanos and survived by his son, Gene (Faune) Kaklamanos of Mint Hill, NC and daughter, Linda (Robert) O'Brien of Vero Beach, FL, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Kimon was both a World War II Army Veteran who served in the Philippines and a Shriner.Mr. Kaklamanos proudly served our country in the US Army. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.He will be set to rest beside his beloved wife Catherine at Ridgelawn Cemetary in Watertown, MA. "We will always carry your memory in our hearts." Online condolences can be made at :
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 25, 2016
Kessie, Alan Ivan "Coach" - Waxhaw  
Alan Ivan Kessie (Coach) age 76 passed away at his home under Hospice Care In Kenbridge Va. Al is the beloved husband of Lyn Kessie for 39 years. Al and Lyn lived in Waxhaw NC for over 30 years and less than 30 days ago moved to Virginia to establish their new farm and be closer to family. Al is the loving father of Brad (Liz) Kessie of Biloxi Mississippi, Audrey Mass (William) of Long Grove, Illinois, Cami (Derek) Myers of Chesapeake, Va. and Amy (Skip) Hogan of Kenbridge Va. Al and Lyn are the proud grandparents of ten with one great grandchild. Al is the brother of Maxine (Stephen) Levy and loving uncle and great uncle to nine nieces & nephews. Alan was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Jean Kessie of Waukegan Illinois. Al is beloved by so many in the communities he lived and worked in. At Olympic and Providence High Schools in Charlotte NC he was, first, a teacher, then a Coach and Athletic Director. He believed strongly, that in order to excel and be successful, you needed a good strong education. He preached that to not only his coaches and athletes but his students as well. Coach Kessie was always there to listen and be a support person when anyone needed him. Al was also uniquely loved by all the animals that surrounded him on his farm in Waxhaw. He was as comfortable on the tractor creating a tranquil environment for their home life as he was on the practice fields. He will sorely be missed...but he will "always" be remembered and loved by many. Arrangements are by Cremation Society of Virginia - Southside, Inc. and respects can be made at .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 23, 2016
Konrad, Virginia "Ginny" - Monroe  
Ginny M. Konrad, age 84, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was born in Cleveland Ohio on April 14, 1932 to the late Lyle and Mary Judevine. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren and son Jeffrey. She is survived by her three daughters: Debbie (Tim), Janine (Johnny) and Marisa (Cliff), 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Ginny was married to her West Tech High School sweetheart for over 50 years and was a registered Nurse in Cleveland until her family moved to Pittsford, NY. There, she enjoyed being a member of many social groups including Newcomers, Gourmet Group, Happy Campers Motor-Home, Bowling Leagues, etc. In 1984 she and Warren moved to Weddington, NC, where she worked for PAL (Programs for Accessible Living) and became a member and office holder at St. Matthews Star Group, Pilot Club International (Monroe Chapter) and volunteered. She was dedicated to her faith, family and friends, as they meant the world to her. She was a parishioner at St. Matthew and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Churches. Her Family would like to thank the healthcare Professionals involved in her care, especially Dr. Edward Bradford.Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, June 27, 2016 at 1pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ginny's name to The Pilot Club of Monroe, 1903Waverly Drive, Monroe, NC 28112. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. An online guestbook is available at .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 25, 2016
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