CANTON — During the late morning hours of Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, Terry Kennon “Kenny” Lear, 72, left his earthly home and entered into his eternal heavenly home in paradise.

Kenny was born May 21, 1949, to the late Earl Kennon Lear and the late Edith Holland Lear Ford.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joy Renay Lear.

Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Frances Burnett Lear of Canton; his daughters, Renee’ Smith and Eddie of Smyrna, Tennessee, Crystal Almaraz and Jorge of Canton and Jill Lear-Parker and Charles of Canton; grandchildren, Ryan Lear, who was just like a son, and his wife Scarlett, Aspen Smith, Amber Smith, Jorge Almaraz, Alex Almaraz, Tyler Glance and Mollie Glance; great-grandchildren, Kylie, Carson, and Nathan Kennon; a sister, Sandra Trull of Beech Island, South Carolina; a brother, Mike Lear and Rhonda of Canton; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, Haywood East Camp, P.O. Box 1204, Canton, NC 28716.

A service of remembrance to honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Lear will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 at Long Branch Baptist Church in Canton. The Rev. Shane Baker and the Rev. Jeff Heatherly will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Lear family. Words of comfort may shared at

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