Carl Ray Kemp, 71, of Draper, loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, avid gardener and golfer, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013. He was born in Barren Springs on Dec. 3, 1941 and was the son of the late Burton and Bessie S. Kemp.
He was a member of the Memorial Christian Church in Draper. He served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1964 and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1969. Mr. Kemp was a former manager of the Parks/Belk clothing store in Pulaski. He was a former employee of Long-Airdox, Pulaski, and Hudson Chevrolet, Pulaski. Mr. Kemp played baseball with the Pulaski Counts in Pulaski. He held many state and local positions with the American Legion and AmVet posts in Pulaski. He was State Vice Commander of Western Zone of VA., rep. 68 posts in west zone. Two-time Commander of 7th district and four time Commander of Post 7 and held many other offices at Post 7. He was also a charter member of AmVets Post 50 and Commander of AmVets Post 50.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Bonnie Kemp of Draper; two daughters, Carla Kemp of Church Hill, Tenn. and Meg Rice of Kingsport, Tenn.; granddaughter, Madison Rice of Kingsport, Tenn.; sidekick Maxx, and sister and brother-in-law, Bea K. and Elroy Ogle of Pulaski.
A memorial service will be held Saturday March 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. from the Stevens Funeral Chapel, Pulaski with the Rev. Bobby Osborne officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday from the funeral home where the family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.
A private burial will be held at a later date from the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.