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Terri Poole Taylor Kerns, 52, born May 12, 1969, of Salisbury, NC, passed away on Friday September 10, 2021.
She was a 1987 graduate from East Rowan High School. She worked as a manager at Burger King in Salisbury, NC and Myrtle Beach SC until 1995 when she assisted her mother Pat Arey and step father Richard Arey managing Arey’s BBQ in Rockwell, NC. She received her engineer/conductor license with Norfolk Southern Railway in McDonough GA. For 20+ years starting her way from entry level positions to yard master.
Terri enjoyed long family vacations anywhere that she could have the sand under her feet, salt in her hair, sun on her skin and water to float in. Terri’s true passion was spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She loved them very much.
On August 27th, Terri and Paul Henry Kerns Jr. (PJ) celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. She and PJ have four children, Drew Kerns(Sadina), Shadonna Kerns, Madison Kerns and Dominique Kerns, along with two grandsons, Ameer and Zelmeer Kerns.
Terri is preceded in death by her grandparents; parents, Oddis (Bill) T. Poole Jr. and Patsy Mitchell Arey; mother in law, Bonnie Jo Kerns; niece, Mariah Turner; great nephew, Xander Tucker and nephew, Andrew Sifford.
Left to forever cherish her memories are husband, PJ Kerns; children, Drew (Sadina), Shadonna, Madison, and Dominique Kerns; grandchildren, Ameer and Zelmeer Kerns; sister, Rhonda Poole Farley and husband, James; sister, Joy Poole and partner, Greg Cowan; father in law, Paul Henry Kerns Sr.; sister in law, Sabrina Mabry; brother in law, Steven Kerns and mother in law, Michelle Day; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and many more cousins who loved her very much.
A visitation celebration of Terri’s life will be held Wednesday September 22, 2021 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at 430 Palomino Drive, Salisbury NC. There will be a private dinner for the family following the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to a charity of your choice in Terri’s memory.
Carolina Cremation is assisting the Kerns family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Heath C says
Terri was one of a kind as a yard master. She would run you to death then just when you felt you couldn’t do no more she would make you laugh then tell you what was next. All her coworkers are gonna miss her greatly. We are all still trying to deal with the shock and sadness of not having her around now. Prayers for all who loved her.
Terri has the biggest heart of anyone I ever seen. She would do anything for you and give the clothes off her back. Terri will be missed in so many ways????. Heaven has gotten another Angel ????!!!!
Going to miss Terri. She was a great coworker and a joy to be around.
Pat jones says
This has sadden me much! I went to school with Terri she was always a sweet person and fun to be around God bless the family pray his comfort for each of you
Yours in christ
Miss Terry was truly a kind and supportive person. I will never forget the support she and her husband gave to me and my son while he was very sick in the hospital. Forever grateful ❤Damian &jenetta Robertson.
We send our love and condolences love aunt Neese,Plum and family
Anna Stoner says
I’m so sorry to hear of Terri passing. We were best friends in high school. She will be missed by many. Hugs and prayers for her family. Fly high my dear friend til we meet again.
Frazier Ben Beatty says
I was very hurt when I heard the news. Terri and PJ have always been dear to me.
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God provides you comfort and peace as you and your family heals.
Sarah Kendricks says
My Condolences to our family.
Donna Ridenhour says
I still can’t believe this. Our birthdays were only 5 days apart and you were my very favorite best friend ever. If we could have turned laughs into years we would live forever. My heart breaks for your family, especially your grandbabies. The void you left will never be able to be replaced. I love you and one day we will be laughing in heaven together.