Terry Kennon "Kenny" Lear

Saturday, May 21, 1949 - Friday, December 31, 2021

A True Outdoorsman

Photo of Terry Kennon "Kenny" Lear  - 1949-2021

Canton- During the late morning hours of Friday, December 31, 2021, Terry  Kennon “Kenny” Lear, age 72, left his earthly home and entered into his eternal heavenly home in paradise.

Kenny was born May 21, 1949 to the late Earl Kennon Lear and the late Edith Holland Lear Ford. He had resided most of his life in Canton and had proudly and honorably served his country in the United States Navy.   Kenny was a dedicated employee of Evergreen Packaging, where he retired with many years of faithful service.  “Dabba” as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, was indeed a true outdoorsman. He spent many hours hunting deer and bear among the mountains that he loved and his wonderful memories of going hiking and camping were held close to his heart. During the summer season, Dabba could often be found working in his garden and staying busy tending to his bees.   Mr. Lear was a member of Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church and most recently attended Long Branch Baptist Church in Canton.  He deeply loved each of his family and they will never forget the great man that their “Dabba” was and how he touched their lives. A famous quote by John Muir seems most fitting to describe Terry Kennon Lear, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  We will miss him deeply.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joy Renay Lear.

Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Frances Burnett Lear of Canton; his daughters, Renee’ Smith and Eddie of Smyrna, TN, Crystal Almaraz and Jorge of Canton and Jill Lear- Parker and Charles of Canton; grandchildren, Ryan Lear, who was just like a son, and his wife Scarlett, Aspen Smith,  Amber Smith,  Jorge Almaraz, Alex Almaraz, Tyler Glance  and Mollie Glance; great-grandchildren, Kylie, Carson, and Nathan Kennon; a sister, Sandra Trull of Beech Island, SC;  a brother, Mike Lear and Rhonda of Canton; and many friends.

 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, Haywood East camp, PO Box 1204, Canton, NC 28716.

A service of remembrance to honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Lear will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Long Branch Baptist Church in Canton. Reverend Shane Baker and Reverend Jeff  Heatherly will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Lear family.
 

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry to hear of Kenny s passing. Sam n Wanda Stines Pressley
Sam n Wanda Pressley
Aspen and Kylie so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace and comfort.
Tammie Robitshek
Reneé, Eddie and girls, sending our prayers and love to you and your family.
The Peña Family
Frances and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thought and prayers.
Marsha PostonHorrell / Eddie Holland
We are so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for you all
Scotty and Pam Messer
Jill and family, love and prayers for your loss. May God hold you close and your faith help you through this time.
Karen Denty
So sorry for your loss, Kenny will be greatly missed, he was a good neighbor, can't imagine not hearing his voice from across the way or seeing him out and about in the yard. love and prayers to you all
Larry & Lynn Caldwell
My heart breaks at the thought that when I get a chance to come up he will not be there but he is all around and roaming heaven with his family. Alex with show him his favorite spot, God has His arms around each of you. Love you
Sandra Trull
We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wayne and Sue Oates
Frances I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Kenneth it was a great thing to have had the privilege to have known and work with both of you God bless you and your family
Bobby MESSER
Jill, Was so sorry for the lose of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kathey H
I am very sorry to hear about Kenny we had some good times working on projects. My family’s thoughts and prayers to the Lear family
Charles Bumgarner
So sorry for your loss, sending thoughts and prayers for you and all family and friends.
Sue Lovingood
So sorry for your loss, sending love, thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Sue Lovingood
Jill and family I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Many prayers for you.
Suzanna and Ronnie Allen
Frances and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers for all the family.. Shirley Clark
Shirley Clark
Our hearts break to learn of the passing of Dabba. All of us have very fond memories of him. He was always smiling and took the time to stop to talk or joke a minute. We are so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap His loving arms around you guys during this difficult time. We love all of you.
Shane, Louetta, Robbie and Marietta Constante
Frances, we are so sorry to hear about Kenny. You and all the family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all
Ken and Mary Lou Zellner
Sorry to here this sad news of one of our Beaverdam residents. Kenny was a great guy and friend. Prayers for the family.
Joe Robinson
So sorry to hear this Kenny was a great friend we were in school together and graduate 1967 he was a great person and friend he will forever rest with his saviour rest my friend
Doyle Sizemore
Dear Frances and Family: Was so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.
Linda Keener
I'm very saddened by the news of Kenny's passing.I attended Pisgah High School with him and have fond memories of him, though we had lost contact I will miss him.
Scott Ashe
Sorry to hear about Kenny... Angela Holland
Angela Holland
Prayers and love to all, I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Will miss him coming in the credit union as well. Lean upon the Lord and He will give you strength thru the days ahead
Kathy S. Holmes
The sweetest of memories to bring you comfort we pray for you! We are so sorry. Rest in peace Uncle Kenny. Sending love & prayers Aunt Frances ❤
Laura & Jimmy Sisco
Frances we were so sorry to hear about Kenny. Condolences to you and the family.
Angie Clark Bradley
So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the quite evening knowing that Kenny is with our Lord. He will be greatly missed by all at Longbranch Baptist Church. God bless you and keep you until you see him again
Jerry And Cathey Thomason
So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the quite evening knowing that Kenny is with our Lord. He will be greatly missed by all at Longbranch Baptist Church. God bless you and keep you until you see him again
Jerry And Cathey Thomason
Sad to hear of Kenny’s passing we had good times working together in the mill
John smith