Spartanburg, SC – Ruth Teamer Kerns, 85, of 373 Lake Forest Drive went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 17, 2017. Ruth was a native of Cherokee County, SC. Ruth was the daughter of John Teamer and Rose Anna Crawford Teamer and was the youngest of 14 children. Mrs. Kerns was the wife of Otis Kerns, who preceded her in death on July 14, 2014. Mrs. Kerns was a member of Cleveland Chapel Baptist Church; however, for the past few years she regularly attended Hardy Chapel Baptist Church until suffering a stroke on November 3, 2015. She was a member of the Southern Shops Sympathy Club for many years where she held the office of treasurer. Mrs. Kerns retired from Spartan Undies in 1994 after 36 years of service. Surviving to cherish fond and lasting memories are: her children, Odell (Claretta) Kerns of Duncan, SC, Brenda Lorene Kerns, Thomas Edward (Faye) Kerns, Greta Jane Kerns all of Spartanburg, SC, and Otis Samuel Kerns of Kew Gardens, NY; her grandchildren, Lynnell (Jackie) Lawson, Sean (Felicia) Kerns, Odell (Nakia) Kerns, Jr., Koretta (Derrick) Parker, Jessica Ruth (Chris) Minor, Derrick Pearson, Rachel Kerns and Dana Haywood; her ten great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends . Ruth was preceded in death by: her husband, Otis; daughter, Carissa Beth Kerns; her sisters, Willie Mae, Lucille, Gussie, Elizabeth and Irene; her brothers: Jerry, Andy Okee, Charlie, James, John Luther, Forest, Horace and Paul Dean. A Celebration of the Life of Mrs. Ruth Kerns will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church. The Reverend Henry E. Kerns will officiate. Interment will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC. Mrs. Kerns will lie in state from 12:00 noon until the hour of the service. The family will receive friends at the home.
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