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Charles E. Kernodle, Jr., MD

October 26, 1917 ~ September 26, 2020 (age 102)



Dr. Charles Edward Kernodle, Jr, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2020.

His legendary life began on October 26, 1917 in Ossipee. His parents were Dr. Charles Edward Kernodle and Bertha Barker Kernodle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Mary Winifred Kernodle and Sara Rebecca Dodson, and his brothers, Dr. Harold Barker Kernodle, Dr. George Wallace Kernodle, Dr. Dwight Talmage Kernodle, and Dr. Donald Reed Kernodle.

Dr. Kernodle graduated from Altamahaw-Ossipee High School in 1935, Elon College in 1938, and Duke University Medical School in 1942 with distinction as a member of the chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

He served as chief surgeon in World War II in France and Germany for two years, treating wounded soldiers.

He and his brother Harold and cousin Dr. John Robert founded the Kernodle Clinic in Burlington in 1949, where he practiced as a general surgeon until 1984. His joys in retirement included spending time with his family and friends, hunting, golfing, ocean fishing, gardening, and remaining as the Williams High School football team doctor through 2018.  It goes unsaid that he was an avid Duke fan and supporter.

In his incredibly long life, he has received many tributes, citations, awards, and honors from civic, academic, and athletic organizations, the most recent of which was being featured on the WRAL NC Tarheel Traveler.

He is survived by his sons; Jim Kernodle (Janice) of Burlington, Charlie Kernodle (Dianne) of Garner, his sister-in-law, Lucy Wilson Kernodle of Burlington, and his many adoring nieces and nephews and their families.

He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, his loyalty to family and community, and his big voice and big smile.
In his own words, when asked how he would like to be remembered, “I’d like to be remembered as being active in the community, working with young people and trying to help them go down the right track”.

A graveside service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Authoracare Hospice of Burlington or a charity of choice.


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