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Julia Kemp

HANAHAN -- Julia (Judy) D. Kemp, 80, of Hanahan, S.C., died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in the Hospice of Charleston Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Born Dec. 21, 1927, in Chester County, S.C., she was the daughter of Sam and Minnie Dye Dove. She was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Mrs. Kemp's civil service career spanned more than 48 years. During this time she helped negotiate the first labor contracts for AFGE locals, was an active member of ALPHA Charleston, a Toastmistress Club and the Federally Employed Women (FEW), an organization dedicated to enhancing employment opportunities for women. She was active in the Federal Managers Association and later the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) where she served as president of the N. Charleston Chapter 72 before becoming President and Parliamentarian for the SC Federation of NARFE Chapters. In 2005, she served as the Field Officer for NARFE District One and the Service Officer for Chapter 72. Mrs. Kemp was a catalyst for membership, a tireless staffer at the Civilian Retired Service Center, Charleston AFB, and for two elections, was a campaign manager for the current national President of NARFE.

She is survived by her brother, Ernest Dove and his wife, Anna Lou, of Hanahan, S.C.; sisters, Mary Harding and Rosalie Jourdan and her husband, William, all of Chester, S.C.; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a dear friend and caregiver, Henry Touchton. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Frederick Kemp; five brothers, Horace Dove, David Coleman Dove, John E. Dove, J. W. Dove Sr., and Melvin Y. Dove; four sisters, Annie Mae Grant, Ethel Jane Weeks, Lucille Allen and Marion Sandgran.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston. Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends today, Dec. 4, 2008, in Stuhr's Northwoods Chapel between 5 and 7 p.m.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of Charleston Foundation, 3870 Leeds Ave., Suite 101, North Charleston, SC 29405; St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King St., Charleston, SC 29403; or a charity of one's choice.

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