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Caroline Kemp

August 5, 1940 — April 25, 2023

Asheboro (formerly of Elizabethtown)

Caroline Currie Jessup Kemp, 82, of Asheboro passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, April 25th at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Caroline was born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, on August 5, 1940, to Arnold and Lois Jessup.

Caroline was a 1958 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, attended Salem College and then later transferred to Guilford College, where she met the love of her life, Tommy. Following graduation, Caroline, and Tommy, were married in June of 1963.

Our beloved Mother and Sister began her lifelong career in teaching at Seagrove High School in Randolph County. Following Seagrove High School, she began teaching at Tabernacle Elementary where she attained her master’s degree in Reading Education. In 1999, after many years of service, she retired from Tabernacle Elementary to become a fulltime "Nanny" to her beloved grandsons Zachary Ryan and Matthew David. Caroline later returned to the profession she loved at Randleman Elementary where she made many close dear friends. She finally retired for good from McCrary Elementary in Asheboro North Carolina. So many lives were touched during all her years in education, even children of former students.

Caroline, also known as Mother Nature by a few family members, was a loving southern beauty whose perfume always preceded her into a room. She was the true definition of a Southern Lady with her stylish, charming, sassy, and quick-witted ways. She was striking with her white hair, red lipstick, and eyeglasses.

She was a caring soul showing kindness to everyone around her, leaving them with a smile and remembrance, that would never be forgotten. During retirement, she cherished her time with grandchildren, reading, and cooking pound cakes.

Caroline was preceded in death by her parents Arnold and Lois Jessup and Sister Scarlett Misenheimer.

She is survived by her loving husband Tommy of the home, Son: David and Wife Darcy Kemp of Jamestown, NC. Daughter: Lucy and Husband Ken Grady of Asheboro, NC. Brother: Sherwood "Bud" Jessup and Wife Claudia of Clarksville, Ga. Grandchildren: Zachary Ryan Kemp of Charlotte, NC, Matthew David Kemp of Greensboro, NC, Kameron Grady of Charlotte, Kendall Bowler and Husband Matt of Charleston, SC. Great Grandchild: Max Bowler.

A celebration of Caroline's life will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 1:00 pm at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro.  The family will receive friends at her home following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Randolph, 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203,, who has helped this family and countless other, in times past.

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