William O. Kearse
1944 — 2014
LUBBOCK, TEXAS — Bill was born in Camp Wheeler, Georgia, to William O., M.D., and Ethel D. Kearse. He grew up in Canton, where he lived until age 24, graduating from Canton High School. Thereafter followed a B.S. in medicine and M.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After four years of post-doctoral training at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, he served three years in the U.S. Air Force, two years at Lajes AFB, the Azores, Portugal, and one at Hill AFB, Utah. Subsequently, he practiced internal medicine for one year in Burmington, Vermont, nine years in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, concluding with 27 years in Lubbock, Texas.
Bill is survived by his wife of 20 years, Barbara Follis Kearse. Surviving him in Haywood County are sisters, Karen Fisher (Kay), and Lynn Lamar (Bill); brother, Bob (Pam); four nieces and three nephews. Also surviving him are daughters, Courtney Todea (Nathaniel), and Ashley Byno (David), of Salt Lake City; son, Shad (Lisa), of Elma, Washington, Kara McKay (Mark), and Kayla Bouffard (Travis) of Lubbock. Dearest to him are 13 grandchildren: Emme and Chloe Todea; Hayley and Ben Byno; Savannah, Autumn, and Sadie Kearse; James, Katie, and Brooke McKay; Nathan, Brynlee and Braelyn Bouffard; his mother-in-law, LaJoy Follis, and his four-legged friends, Charlie and Raider.
A memorial service is scheduled 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Morning Star United Methodist Church social hall, 2535 Dutch Cove Road, Canton. In lieu of flowers, contributions to KTTZ-FM Public Radio or Doctors Without Borders would be appreciated.
A tribute of Dr. Kearse’s life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where friends may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.