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Shirley Kerns, 73, Russell County, KY (1950-2023)

Shirley Maxine Kerns, of Jamestown, passed from this life Friday, November 10, 2023. She was 73 years of age.

She loved to travel and sightsee, the "wheels had to be turning". Her favorite direction to travel was west, from the mountains to the San Francisco Bay. She was an avid Elvis Presley fan and loved George Jones. She had a smile that would light up a room and a laugh that would warm your heart. To know Shirley was to love her.

She was born July 30, 1950, in Russell County, daughter of the late Elmer and Fadra Russell Conner. She married Lindsey Kerns upon his return from Vietnam on July 6, 1968, in Jamestown, Tennessee. There were two children born to their union.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 55 years, Lindsey; her son, Jeffery Lynn (and Lisa) Kerns, of Jamestown; her daughter, Angela Faye (and Jimmy) Jones, of Russell Springs; her grandchildren, Dillon Downey, of Somerset, Michael Kerns, of Jamestown, and Cory Jones, of Russell Springs; her great-grandchildren, Aiden Downey, Emery Downey and Easton Downey; special nieces, Ronette Wilson, of Russell Springs, Rebecca Bounds, of Russell Springs and Teresa Ludwick, of Winchester, Indiana; and many, many friends.

Along with her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her brothers, Cletha Conner, Clifton Conner and Arnold Conner; and her sister, Bessie Hudson.

Funeral services are 1pmCT Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at Bernard Funeral Home, with Bro. Johnny Hood officiating. Interment will follow in Jamestown City Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jimmy Jones, Cory Jones, David Kerns, Chris Kerns, Dillon Downey and Aiden Downey. Visitation will be held at Bernard Funeral Home, Monday, November 13, 2023, from 5-8 and after 7:30 Tuesday, until time for funeral services.

Arrangements for Shirley Maxine Kerns are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.

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