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Linda Kay Adams

10/18/1943 ~ 10/17/2018

Services will be held: 10/21/2018


Raeford E. Jackson

04/15/1937 ~ 10/17/2018

Services will be held: 10/19/2018

Sue Thornton obit photo

Sue Carol Johnson Thornton

10/09/1944 ~ 10/16/2018

Services will be held: 10/20/2018

Dwight Gay

Dwight “Buddy” Gay

06/11/1956 ~ 10/09/2018

Services will be held:

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Betty Jean King

09/18/1933 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held:

Naomi Lee obit pic

Naomi Sommerville Lee

05/29/1920 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

Betty Hudson obit pic

Betty Thomas Hudson

08/03/1937 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/12/2018

Joyce Pollard obit photo

Joyce D. Pollard

02/01/1947 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

Kathy Lynn Creech

Kathy Creech obit photo

08/29/1956 ~ 11/19/2017

GARNER – Kathy Lynn Creech was born on August 29, 1956 and left this world on November 19, 2017.

Kathy is survived by her parents Joe G. Creech, Sr. and Phyllis B. Creech; brother Joe G. Creech, Jr. and wife Jenny; niece Sarah Elizabeth Creech and nephew Stephen Garner Creech.

Kathy was a beautiful young woman who attracted friends wherever she went.   As a high school student, she was a spirited cheerleader and a no-nonsense bus driver.  Known for her love of animals, she rescued many strays including a raccoon.

After graduation from Garner Senior High School, Kathy spent a semester at East Carolina University.  While at college, Kathy’s focus was her friends: They enjoyed being together whether it was playing an afternoon game of pick-up football or holding a late-night hair styling session.  As a result of one of the games, Kathy injured her back and spent a few weeks in Pitt Memorial Hospital.

After recovering from her back injury, Kathy decided to leave ECU and moved to Florida.  Kathy and her dogs managed A1A Sun Shop in St. Augustine.  As a new Floridian, Kathy enjoyed all types of water activities like skiing and boating.

Kathy was injured in a car accident in 1979.  Many family friends and Garner neighbors volunteered to assist her family in caring for her after the accident.  Due to the severity of her injury, Kathy never fully recovered although she fought bravely.   She was faithfully attended by many caregivers, church members, and her parents.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday November 22, 2017 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 at the funeral home prior to the service.

A private graveside service will follow.  The family wishes to thank Laurels of Forest Glenn and their staff for her care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Able to Serve, P.O. Box 334, Garner, NC 27529 or White Oak Baptist Church, 13943 Buffalo Rd., Clayton, NC 27527,



1:00-2:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
1200 Benson Rd. Garner, NC 27529



2:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel
1200 Benson Rd. Garner, NC 27529

Entombment will follow at White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery in Archer Lodge.


  1. Elizabeth Hawkins

    I am so sorry about Kathy and extend my condolences to her family. I went to school and graduated with her. She was a delight to be around. So much humor and enthusiasm always. So funny and so energetic. Kathy was Kathy and I was so sorry to hear of her accident years ago. She was a beauty inside and out.

  2. Beverly Beasley Tayler

    My heart breaks for u on so many levels. I have faith she is free and smiling again. Nevertheless it’s so painful. She was such a wonderful person who made everyone feel welcome and a part of her life. I have so many cherished memories of her.. I am blessed I was able to meet her coming home when I was working at wake that day ..but as her friend it broke my heart .. I will be in prayer for u all. I treasure our friendship .. I know she is finally free to be Kathy again.. ❤️ Love to u

  3. Jane Peel Meekhof

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I am glad that she can be Kathy, with a new, eternal body,
    I graduated from Garner High with her. I do remember her bubbly personality!

  4. Gwen Peebles

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I went to school with Kathy. She was one of the nicest person I know. I will always remember her by the love she shown to all people no matter who you was. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

  5. Terry Coleman

    So very sorry for your loss. Your love for Kathy and commitment to her have touched me deeply and I cannot imagine the emotions that you’re experiencing.

    Please know that we’re holding you in our hearts.

  6. John Myklebust

    To the Creech family and especially to parents Joe Sr and Phyllis Creech,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and especially with Joe and Phyllis during this difficult time.

  7. Jane Yelton McBride

    My heart breaks for us all. Kathy was genuinely one of a kind and larger than life. You all were our second family and the memories from our Park Avenue years are heartwarming and comforting although bittersweet right now. Kathy was like a big sister to me and Molly and Joe was the brother we never had but always wanted. I will never forget the good times we shared. Her love of life, her free spirit, her ability to make so many friends along the way, her love of animals, and her beauty both inside and out will remain in my heart. Much love to you!

  8. Mike Knott

    I met Kathy at Atlantic Beach when we were 13 or 14. I remember her as a sweet and beautiful girl. We kept in touch for a few years after that and I thought of her many times over the years. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with Kathy and her family.

  9. J.C. and Colleen O'Neal

    We are so sorry for your loss. It has been such a difficult time for Kathy and all of your family. You have our deepest sympathy. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Joe & Angela Sample

    I so well remember Kathy: that sweet, fun-loving, vivacious marvel who would brighten any room she entered. My heart breaks for Joe and Phyllis and family as they have struggled these last 38 years with the results of a horrific accident. May God grant them grace and comfort in this difficult time, but also should rejoice that Kathy has now been enveloped in the arms of a loving Jesus where she will have everlasting life.

  11. Susan Harrison

    So very sorry for your loss of Kathy. I will always remember her as a happy and fun loving girl. We always enjoyed having her over at the house when we were small and how much she enjoyed her time in the country with her Grandparents. Mom always thought of her so very often even after the accident. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  12. Sharon Heath

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers. My younger brother Kenny Reaves went to school with your beautiful daughter.

  13. Jennie Oakley

    I remember Kathy just as the picture shows, always smiling and full of life. May God comfort your hearts as only He can during this difficult time . Praying for your family. I graduated with Kathy and have nothing but happy memories! We drove buses together too. Jennie Johnson Oakley

  14. Robin Page

    Mr and Mrs Creech, Joe, Jenny, Sarah and Stephen, please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. You all have been so faithful to take care of Kathy all these years. What a great testament to your love for her and your family. God bless you all! The Page Family

  15. Joy Weathers

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Kathy. Sending prayers of comfort & peace to your family during this difficult time. May your sweet memories from the past help to heal your hearts and eventually turn tears into smiles. In sympathy & love…Joy & children

  16. Debbie Kelly Poole

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I remember Kathy in high school she was always full of life. May you find peace in knowing what a wonderful person she was.

  17. Debbie Kelly Poole

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I knew Kathy in high school and she was a great friend. I hope you find peace knowing what a wonderful person she was.

  18. Gayle F. Hines

    Ricky and I are so sorry for the loss you are suffering. Kathy is at peace and our Lord will take care of you.

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