Mike Kerr LUBBOCK- Mike Kerr, a longtime resident of Lubbock, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in Roswell, Ga. He was born Feb. 24, 1924 in Mason Valley, Ark. to George Lowrey, farmer, and Minnie Susan Jane Kerr, housewife. He moved to Oklahoma when he was 5 and lived in rural Oklahoma until he was drafted into the Navy in 1942. He then enlisted in the Army and retired after 30 years as Command Sergeant Major. He served in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th armored divisions in WWII, Korean, and Vietnam wars. He traveled to 118 foreign countries throughout his career. Mike received numerous medals and accommodations including the Bronze Star Award. After retiring from the Army, he moved to Lubbock, Texas and married Cora Lee Boozer Gaddy on Oct. 19, 1973. She passed away on July 20, 2009. Mike was happiest watching the NY Yankees, fishing, cooking, and spending time with his family. He is survived by two daughters, Debbie Gaddy Marcell and husband Marvin of Missouri City, Texas, and Tina Gaddy Taliaferro and husband Kim of Roswell, Ga. He especially enjoyed visiting his granddaughter, Molly Morris Cooper, her husband, Michael Cooper, and their twin boys, Colton and Dylan, in Houston. He enjoyed attending and watching football and baseball with his grandsons, Tyler Taliaferro of Jacksonville, Fla. and Dustin Taliaferro of Atlanta, Ga. Mike is also survived by many nephews and nieces. Mike taught us all so much about gardening, cooking, organizing, and what it means to love our country. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cora; sister, Floy M. Norton; and his brothers, Fred Homer Kerr and Bob Kerr. Visitation will be at 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 with services immediately following at 1 p.m. in the Abbey Chapel at Resthaven Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Sept. 17, 2013