STATESVILLE Momma Kay caught the bus to heaven Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. She has a new home with her heavenly Father. She left behind a world made better because she was here. She was born Feb. 17, 1934, to Malcolm Augustus Knight and Mary Hodges Knight in Norfolk, Va. Kay came to Statesville in 1958 with her husband, Earl, where she raised five children of her own and countless "adopted" children who called her Momma Kay or MawMaw. She was famous for her homemade biscuits and gravy, banana pudding, her hospitality, and her never-ending dedication to her family and friends. She loved gospel music, shopping at Pigeon Forge, and spending time with her babies, grands, and great-grands. She was a member of The Cove Church. In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Earl Carney Sr.; Albert Kerr, her husband since 1998; and her siblings, Rosita Ann Clark and Donald George Mikas Jr. She is survived by her children: Earl "Skip" Carney Jr., (Karen) of Rocky Mount, Donald Nelson Carney (Norma) of Sherrills Ford, Mary "Sissy" Carney Groce (Johnny) of Yadkinville, Ricky Neal Carney (Lori) of Statesville, Saundra Kay Carney of Mocksville, Angela Hartgrove of Mocksville, Marian Carney Quarles (Wythe) of Rocky Mount, and Lynn Hall Carney of Mooresville, Julie Ann Kerr of Colorado, Lisa Joan Pack (Bill) of Louisiana, Michelle "Shelly" Kerr Stallings of Florida, Janna Kerr Puckett (Leonard) of Florida, and Jonathan Dayton Kerr of Durham. Also surviving are 37 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. A service celebrating her life will be held at The Cove Church of Statesville at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, with a reception to follow in the church atrium. The church is located at 935 Crossroads Dr. in Statesville. The family wishes to thank caregivers Peggy Rumple, Nancy Harris, Yami Canales, Diana Canales, Lucille Lopez, Clara Gomez, Hospice of Iredell County, and The Cove Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given in her name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County; to St. Jude Children's Hospital of Memphis, Tenn.; or to St. Labre Indian School of Ashland, Mont. Condolences may be sent to the family at Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Kerr family.

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