Kathryn Blake Carraway was born on December 20, 1921 in Concord, Georgia to D.P. and Kate Blake and was one of ten children. She graduated with a teaching degree from Georgia State College for Women and taught elementary school several years. During the war she worked in Atlanta for the state credit union.
In 1949, she was setup on a blind date by her cousin Gene with a fellow G.I. Bill veterinary student at Auburn- Bennette Carraway. They were married in 1950 in Knoxville, TN by her brother-in-law, Joe Mack, who coincidently, had been pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Roanoke Rapids some years earlier. They first lived in Warrenton, NC with Bennette’s first job as a veterinarian. They moved to Weldon in 1952 to take over the existing veterinary practice on Washington Avenue in South Weldon. In 1954, they built the Roanoke Animal Hospital located on Julian Allsbrook Highway in Roanoke Rapids where he practiced until he died in 1982.
Kathryn is survived by her son, Michael B. Carraway, of Canton,NC; daughters, Cathy Carraway Sebastian of Chester,VA(husband, Stan and sons, Bennette & Britt), Melissa Carraway Lemmond, of Henderson,NC (husband, Fred, children, Mary Catherine and Eric, Allyson Lemmond Smith and Katie Lemmond Mullinix (their husbands and children), and her two cats, Blackie and Callie.
Kathryn was a kind, sweet woman with a great sense of humor. She devoted her life to her family, saying often her time with Bennette was cut way too short. Her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren and pets, laughing with ( and often at) them all. She was a member of the First Presbytrian Church of Roanoke Rapids since 1952 where she made many life-long friends and enjoyed participating in lots of Church activities, including the “Friday morning Bulletin Club” with her buddies (homemade beverages provided by Irma Speight). She was a loyal friend to her long-time neighbors in Weldon and was always so appreciative to have such good friends, neighbors, and family (Blakes and Carraways). Kathryn enjoyed her long life of 95 years and felt truly blessed to the very end.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Roanoke Rapids or to any animal or rescue organization of choice. She did love her animals and had dozens (all strays) over her many years.
Arrangements are in the care of Wrenn, Clarke, & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service.
A visitation, with lunch provided, will be held Friday, June 2, 2017, from 11:30 am to 1:00pm in the Loy Building of the First Presbyterian Church on Fifth Street in Roanoke Rapids.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, June 2, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Joe Sandoval officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery.