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Everette Carter “Bud” “Fluke” Kerns, age 72, of 137 Popular Drive, Jonesborough, died Saturday, March 5, 2011.
Mr. Kerns was a Unicoi County native and a son of the late Charles and Laura Love Kerns. Mr. Kerns retired from the U.S. Army in 1976 following 22 years of service. During his military career, he served in Korea and had multiple tours in Vietnam. He is a recipient of National Defense Service Medal, seven Service Stripes, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and two Overseas Service Bars.
Following his military career, he was employed by Murray Guard and retired after 28 years of service as security supervisor at Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin. He was also a former deputy with the Unicoi County Sheriffs Department.
He loved University of Tennessee football and Atlanta Braves baseball.
Mr. Kerns had two great loves in his life – his country and his family and they are forever blessed by it.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy L. Kerns in 2006; five brothers and spouses, H.D. and Pat Kerns, William and Lucky Kerns, Robert and Thelma Kerns, Charles Kerns and Sam Kerns; four sisters and spouses, Blanch Masters, Myrtie and Freeman Childress, and Nellie and T.J. Bennett; half-sister, Jo and Rex Draine; and by a step-brother, Sid Kerns.
Survivors include daughter, Janie Tallman and husband, Seth of Jonesborough; step-brother, Bud and Brenda Tinker; sister and brother-in-law, Wayne and Sharlene Presley; sister-in-laws, Colette and Stella Kerns; brother-in-law, Jack Masters; several nieces and nephews; and three special granddogs, Snickers, Cotton and Harley.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 10, at 2 p.m. in the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tim Bennett will officiate. Vocal selections will be provided by Gary Amos. Interment will follow at Martins Creek Cemetery with military graveside honors provided by Tennessee Honor Guard.
Following the graveside service, friends and family are invited to the residence for a meal and fellowship. Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, March 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Home.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.