Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Willa Belle Kernea

04/18/1941 - 11/08/2021

Willa Belle Kernea, 80, of Murphy passed away Monday, November 08, 2021 in Murphy Rehab and Nursing. Willa Belle was a homemaker and enjoyed singing.

She was born in Clay County to the late Homer and Cleo Anderson Dockery. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Kernea; two brothers, Jack Dockey, and Frank Dockery; and a sister, Bertha Loudermilk.

Surviving are four sons, Johnny Kernea, Larry Kernea and wife, Jill and Eddie Kernea all of Murphy, and Tim Kernea and wife, Debbie of Morganton, GA; a daughter, Brenda Anderson of Murphy; two brothers, Howard Dockery of Dalton, GA, and Jerry Dockery of Murphy; a sister, Pauline Beavers of Murphy; five grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home, Murphy with Pastor Hoyt Brown officiating. Interment will be in the Bellview Community Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nathan Arrant, Greg Sharp, Thomas Beavers, T.J. Dockery, Matt Burrell, and Michael Kernea.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 Wednesday afternoon at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

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