Naomi Ruth Furr Kesner, age 94, passed away March 3, 2014 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-nine years, James William ‘Jim’ Kesner, in 2010.
A beloved wife, mother, and woman of faith she is survived by two sons, James Robert Kesner and wife Faye of Fairborn, Ohio, John William Kesner and wife Rita of Severna Park, Maryland, a daughter, Naomi Joyce Adams of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a brother, James Richard Furr and wife Donna of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A native of Indiana, she and her husband moved to Brookhaven, Mississippi in 1940 as newlyweds. Their three children were born in Brookhaven and the family made their home there until they moved to Shelbyville, Tennessee in 1957. In 1973, Jim and Naomi returned to Brookhaven staying there until 2010 when they moved to Murfreesboro.
Naomi was very active in church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Girls Auxiliary leader, Women’s Missionary Union leader, and choir member for over fifty years. She used her love of music to lead singing for senior groups in her church and in the community. One of her ministries was leading singing for residents of Brook Manor nursing home for over twenty years. Naomi and Jim enjoyed traveling and led more than sixty-five trips for seniors. Naomi was a member of the Lioness Club, Garden Club, Eastern Star, DAR, Peripatetic Club, and was a Den mother for cub scouts.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Southeast Baptist Church with Brother Joe Vinson officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Shelbyville. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service time. Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of Flowers, donations on behalf of Bob Kesner may be made to the Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 31 W. Whipp Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459 or at www.alz.org/dayton
An online guestbook is available for Mrs. Kesner at www.woodfinchapel.com