Alma Jean Kerner

Alma Jean Kerner

Ahoskie, NC
05.27.1938 - 04.29.2021
North Carolina

Alma Jean Kerner, 82, of Ahoskie, NC passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021. She was the daughter of the late William and Addie Mae Bateman. Alma is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kerner and son, William E. Griffin.

Alma worked for Pinners Florist for many years and will be missed.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth A. Griffin (Pammy), Tim W. Griffin (Peggy), and Joseph F. Griffin, III (Donna); brother, C.A. Bateman (Sara); sisters, Joanne Graham (Tom), Jane Byrum, Maurine Spears (Tim), and Tina Rivera (Floyd); numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Holly Lawn Cemetery officiated by Pastor Keith Wynder. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral and Crematory Suffolk, VA is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at

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Holly Lawn Cemetery
1525 N Main St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
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Kenny, Tim and Joseph, I have such fond memories of your mom and your entire family.. Alma was a kind, loving lady and was a good friend to me over the years. I will always treasure those memories of all of you. Please try to remember the good times and know that she helped many people over her lifetime, RIP, Alma Jean.

Kaye p. Davenport

She was a good mom and even though we only saw each other about one time a year it was always a fun visit but I sure wish the boys natural father had been mentioned Joseph Griffin Jr. her first husband but most knew of her 1st. Marriage and we sure shared many nights together playing cards Joe loved his cards and I did to and I would pick the boys up from school and we had fun together when they were very young they looked forward to me coming from South Carolina because they knew I would get them out of class this happened many times until Alma and Joe caught me when the school called many memories were made years ago and that is what Alma and myself would talk about .I don’t go to funerals I like to remember when that person was alive our family is getting smaller and smaller and we will all be together someday Rest In Peace Sister🙏🙏🙏

Tina Revelle

Rest In Peace Nanny! You were loved and will be missed by many. I love you!

Melissa Thompson (Grandaughter)

I knew Alma from school in Whaleyville and then later of course, from Pinner's. I moved away from the area for 30 years but reconnected with her at Pinner's. Super nice person... Very nice family. My sympathy to all who loved and will miss her.

Jean Baker Macioci

Oh how I will miss coming to visit Alma , especially celebrating our birthdays together and sitting up half the night talking and laughing. She was like a sister to me!! Loved her dearly and C.A. did too. Rest in Peace Alma. My prayers are there for all her family!!

Sarah Bateman

We go way back. It's amazing how many years have passed since I have seen any of the Bateman's or the Griffin boys. I spent the '60s feeling like I was a part of the family. Alma Jean was a wonderful, fun mother. I believe I tried to emulate her when raising my own boys. I have vivid memories of crabbing all night with Alma, Joe Jr., Joey and Timmy. (The other boys came later). We also spent lots of fun, hot summer afternoons delivering the Suffolk News-Herald thru Chuckatuck, Hobson, etc. Whenever Alma said let's go, Mary jumped right in. Those were the days. My deepest sympathies go out to ALL the family. I miss you all, and I'm thinking of you during this difficult time. Like Tina, I don't cope well with visitations/funerals. If I'm remembering right, I think your mother/grandmother didn't attend funerals either. I believe Alma Jean is smiling down at us all. May she rest in peace. Much love.
Mary Riddick Branch

Mary Riddick Branch

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mom and her loved each other as sisters. Now in heaven with them. If I can ever help you with something please let me know. I’m praying for you to be able to find a way to get over the grief and find peace in your heart.


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