The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 1, 2014

Rosie Mae Kerr

— Rosie Kerr, who inspired love and laughter into so many lives, passed away peacefully on the morning of April 29, 2014, at the age of 75.

Born to Joseph Berryman Hill and Alice Elizabeth Wilson Hill in Haynes, Arkansas, on Sept. 11, 1938, Rosie loved children and devoted her life to caring for her six kids, as well as many others in the community. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

She married her beloved husband on Dec. 17, 1955, beginning a journey that would last 58 years on this earth and will continue into eternity.

Rosie is survived by her husband, Charles Kerr; son, Steve Kerr; daughter, Rita Gilliam; daughter, Janie Wright; son, Brent Kerr; daughter, Susie Kerr; and son, Andy Kerr; sibling, Emma Gean McElyea; sons-in-law, Tom Gilliam, Kenny Wright and Pat Trussell; daughters-in-law, Melinda Kerr, Sue Ann Kerr and Lisa Kerr; grandchildren, Ian Kerr, Anna Green (Josh), Grant Gilliam, Kip Gilliam (Sandy), Nicholas Wright (Tricia), Megan Kim (Chan), Seth Kerr, Sarah Kerr and Carson Kerr; and

great-grandchildren, Jonathan Kim, Ava Gilliam, Miles Gilliam and Toby Gilliam.

Rosie was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Berryman Hill; mother, Alice Elizabeth Hill; and brothers, Joseph Berryman Hill II and Richard Hill.

Visitation will be 1:30-2:45 p.m. Sunday, May 4, with services at 3 p.m. at Spry Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Dement Cemetery.

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