CHESAPEAKE – Kenneth Lyle “Kenn” Carraway, 73, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 10, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer
Kenn was born November 12, 1941 in Norfolk, VA, the son of the late James H. Carraway, Sr. and Charlotte Steltzner Carraway. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Olah Carraway; a daughter, Morgan Paige “Moe” Carraway; a brother, James H Carraway, Jr.; nephews, Scott Carraway, Sean Carraway, and Marc Carraway; and many Carraway cousins.
Kenn was a charter member of Great Bridge Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the 1959 lost class of Maury High School and later came to Great Bridge High School, where he graduated in 1960. He was a graduate of Old Dominion University. Kenn served in the United States Air Force Reserves eight years.
An avid ball player, he played softball with the teams of Bethel Baptist Church, Great Bridge TV, Virginia Door, and Portlock United Methodist Church. He played basketball in the Great Bridge recreational league, Chesapeake Pizza and Virginia Senior games, playing until a few months before his death. He umpired little league baseball and refereed little league basketball. He enjoyed watching college basketball, especially the Carolina Tar Heels. Other past times included volleyball and watching NASCAR with his neighbor Ben. While his daughter Moe was a gymnast, he was the ideal gymnastics parent.
Kenn had a beautiful tenor voice which he shared at many weddings, funerals, and choral concerts. He sang with Great Bridge Baptist Church Choir, Portlock United Methodist Church and most recently with Great Bridge Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. He toured with the Presbyterian Church choir on their Germany, Scotland and New York City tours. For many years, Kenn participated in the Virginia Wesleyan Sacred Music Conference Finale Concerts with renowned composers and conductors including Craig Jessup, Mack Wilberg, Jonathan Wilcocks, and Rene Clausen and many others.
Kenn was a man of deep faith. He regularly visited shut-ins and did many things to help others. He taught Sunday school for over 20 years at Sentara Village Assisted Living. He was a tremendous help to the Treasurer’s office and their projects, including the Easter egg fundraiser, where he became the expert chocolate dipper.
Kenn became a Registered Parliamentarian in 2011. He passed the test at the first sitting, which is a remarkable accomplishment. He became one of 39 Registered Parliamentarians in the State at that time. He was an active member of the Chesapeake Unit of Parliamentarians where he served as President and Vice-President. He often presented the lessons at the local monthly meetings as well as at their annual Parliamentarian Institute.
Kenn loved history, especially the Civil War period. He was a member of Hickory Ruritan Club and served as Secretary. Kenn had a gift for writing and often shared it in poems for birthdays and retirement celebrations.
Kenn was a person that could fix most anything. He was a thoughtful, gentle, kind, and patient person and a wonderful, caring father and husband. He had a unique sense of humor and would often share it when he left a telephone message. He knew how to give of himself, always wore a smile and took each day God gave him and did good for others. He loved the special people in his life and taught others how to appreciate each day.
The family would like to thank Heather and Amy from Hospice for the care they provided the last two weeks of Kenn’s life. A special thank you to Kenn’s many friends, neighbors, and cousins Fred and Melissa who helped care for him since August 2. Lastly, special thanks to Dr. William Grosh at UVA Medical Center for his care and medical expertise which gave Kenn many extra years.
A celebration of Kenn’s life will be conducted Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Rev. Dr. Ralph Herbert will officiate. The interment will be held Friday in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake is in charge of arrangements.