Charles Daniel Kearns, 55, of Greensboro, NC, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 1:00pm at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters in Raeford. A public viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. A public viewing will also be held Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Kearns Memorial, 22421 Andrew Jackson Hwy, Maxton, NC 28364 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. The family will receive friends from 4pm - 7pm Monday through Thursday at the home of Charles' mother, Pastor Lillian Kearns, in Eastwood. Professional services entrusted to Kearns Memorial, Maxton, NC.
Charles Daniel “Danny” Kearns was the tenth and last child born to Lillian Ruth Jackson Kearns and the late James Franklin Kearns. Danny was welcomed into his family on Tuesday, March 14, 1967, and transitioned into eternity as a result of a car accident on Thursday afternoon, September 29, 2022. In addition to his father, Charles was also preceded in death by the seventh child, David Madison Kearns, born August 10, 1960, and deceased February 1, 1961.
Charles received his early education in the Moore County School System, beginning at Academy Heights School and graduating from Pinecrest High School, where all his siblings had graduated. Charles was a very smart student who loved learning. He received leadership awards in his ROTC classes. In addition, he enjoyed playing the drums for the Drill Team.
While in high school, Danny fell in love with the young lady who would become the mother of his children. He married Angela Ross and they had three children.
Charles continued studying, learning, and teaching all his short life. His education included: Licensed Barber, DZ Barber College, Spring Lake, NC, 1990; Certified Phlebotomist Technician, Mount Eagle Institute, Winston- Salem, NC, 2011; Certified Pistol Instructor using his business Safely Armed, Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies with a minor in Psychology, Winston-Salem State University, May 2019. At the time of his passing, Charles was pursuing a Master of Science degree in Psychology at NC A & T State University, looking forward to receiving his degree in May 2023.
Charles had several positions and self-employments, including Licensed Barber; Personal Trainer (Charles in Charge); CPR and First Aid Instructor through his CPR of the Triad; Strength Coach – Basketball, WSSU; Health Enhancement Director – Winston Lake Family YMCA, Phlebotomy Instructor at Mount Eagle Institute; Residential Counselor, and Mental Health Tech Nurse at Cone Health Behavioral Hospital.
Danny received his Christian upbringing at St. Peter’s UCOG, Eastwood, and St. Ruth UCOG, West End, NC. As a teenager, he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. In his later years, Danny became a member of Jehovah Shammah Ministries in Kernersville under his sister’s leadership, Dr. Wanda Lawrence.
Danny leaves to cherish his memories, his children, DeAngelo Kearns of Kernersville, NC, Daniel Kearns-Pickett (Gregory) of Mebane, NC, Cha Kearns of Bronx, NY, and Princess McArther of Atlanta, GA; his grandchildren, Ke’Sean Spencer, Rico Reid, Jr., and Royal Reid; his dear friend and co-parent, Angela Ross Ingram (Fernando); his significant other, Arnor Little, whose twin grandsons, Kaiden and Braylen Flowers, he claimed as his grandsons; his beloved mother, Pastor Emeritus Lillian R. Kearns; his siblings, James Franklin Kearns, II (Blondell) of Carthage, NC, Sarah Person (Garfield) of Richlands, NC, Brenda Brown (Dwight) of Southern Pines, NC, Linda Gillespie of Pinehurst, NC, Wanda Lawrence (Tyrone) of Greensboro, NC, Beverly Kearns of Pinehurst, NC, Arlene Dowdy (Liston) of Willingboro, NJ, and Samuel Kearns (Annette) of Vass, NC; foster siblings, Monique Fairley (Scottie) of Southern Pines, NC and Phillip McArthur of Cameron, NC; several aunts and uncles, Deacon Halbert and Aunt Jeannette Kearns, Mother Louvenia Jackson, Minister Larretta Dukes, Elder Olivia and Bishop Samuel Wright, Elder Nathaniel and Mother Geneva Jackson; many nieces and nephews; others who loved and will dearly miss Charles “Danny” include many close first cousins and other cousins, many coworkers and friends from his professional life, as well as brothers and sisters who shared Charles’s love of bodybuilding, target shooting, cooking out, talking junk and helping others laugh and enjoy the time we were in his presence.
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