Elder Rom Kerley

January 20, 1928 ~ October 8, 2021 (age 93)


                      Elder Rom Kerley

Elder Rom Kerley, 93, of Kannapolis, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Tucker Hospice House.

Rom was born on January 20, 1928 in Alexander County to the late Rom Z. Kerley and Fannie Blackwelder Kerley. 

He joined the Army/Air Force just after WWII and was very proud to serve his country. He pastored Mills Chapel Primitive Baptist Church and six other area churches. He led his flocks with kindness and humility along with his faithful wife. A man who loved His Savior, he enjoyed studying his Bible and  amazed everyone by the quantity he had memorized. Tending his yard, growing roses, woodworking, and anticipating his spring garden were daily pleasures. His wonderful neighbors were a source of joy. Also cherished in recent years were Beazley, Onxy, Max and Saber, his therapy dogs. Especially dear to him is fellow pastor, Tom Robinson. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Naomi Kate Hardy Kerley; daughter, Kimberly Denise Hill; three brothers, Dwight Kerley, Maynard Kerley and Ralph Kerley and deceased sisters, Lucille Walker and Pauline Dancy. 

Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Carol K. (Randy) Eagle; son-in-law, Raymond Grant Hill; four grandchildren, Kris (Emily) Eagle, Casey (Jason) Bradley, Dustin Woodard and girlfriend B.J. McCombs, Ashley (Shaun) Cates; six great-grandchildren, Sydney Pless, Zane Pless, Sophia Eagle, Nadia Orlowski and Evan Orlowski  and active Marine Tristan Hayes; and sister, Margie (J.B.) Hardy.

Services will remain private at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Ln., Kannapolis NC 28081. A special thanks to each and every person who served us with their God given talents. 

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