Karrah Griffin Leary

October 24, 1986February 8, 2019

Karrah Leary, one of the brightest, with her ever present wit and smile, took flight to Heaven on the evening of February 8, 2019 in Greenville, S.C. after battling a devastating illness.

Karrah Leary, 32, was born on October 24, 1986 in Morristown, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Chaplain (Col.) Johnson Griffin, Rebecca Griffin, and her fraternal grandparents Harvey Leary and Betty Leary. Karrah is survived by her father, Michael Leary, her mother, Rebecca Leary, her sister, Brielle Leary, and her fiancée, Stephen Fusco.

Karrah was a 2005 graduate of Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN and a graduate of Furman University located in Greenville, S.C. in 2008. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee Law School in 2011. Karrah was licensed to practice law in Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

In addition to being academic, her warmth and laughter infected all she touched. She had a passion for those in need, with both two and four legs. She was able to enjoy the experience and learnings of travel and shared her talents of music and theater with others.

The service honoring Karrah’s life on Earth will be at St. James Episcopal Church, 301 Piney Mountain Road, Greenville, S.C. 29609 on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Visitation with the family will be held at the church at 3:00 p.m. There will be a private burial in Asheville, N.C. on February 16, 2019. As many of you are aware, Karrah, never wanted to inconvenience anyone. To accommodate those out of town, who wish to honor Karrah, her service will be available at via the live stream button on the home page and recorded for future viewing.

“Remember when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received-only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”- Saint Francis of Assisi

There are so many organizations who are in need of financial donations or time commitments to make life on Earth more comfortable. In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, we invite you to invest in your passion and make the world a better place to honor Karrah.


  • Michael Leary, Father
  • Rebecca Leary, Mother
  • Brielle Leary, Sister
  • Stephen Fusco, Fiancée

  • We invite you to invest in your passion and make the world a better place to honor Karrah.


  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 15, 2019

Karrah Griffin Leary

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Adelaide Calbry-Muzyka

February 15, 2019

I was heartbroken to hear the news about Karrah. I can’t even begin to list all the wonderful memories I have from our middle school years, but here’s one that might make people smile — remember when she wanted to be a rapper named Skiddlez? (Like Eminem, just a different candy, get it?). And then as we got older, even though I moved away and we only saw each other every few years, she always made me feel like I was still part of the group whenever I visited. I’m so glad I got to see her not too long ago — to be able to see that adult Karrah had gotten more confident, even more hilarious, without ever losing a shred of the immense kindness and heart that I loved in my middle school friend.
To the Learys, all my thoughts are with you today.

Lorin Butler

February 15, 2019

Karrah has had and will always have an impact on my life. I don’t think I could have survived Furman University without her. I always count my blessings for being lucky enough to have been paired with her as a roommate in the summer DC experience. We just clicked. She was one of the most pure-hearted, kind people I knew. She always made me smile, and I was proud in having someone like her as a friend. She was one of the best people I have ever known, and I will miss her dearly for the rest of my life.

Marc & Penny Carpenter

February 15, 2019

Karrah was a beautiful young lady. We are so very sorry for your loss. May God's peace surround you all. With heartfelt sympathy. Thinking of you today.

jon newman

February 15, 2019

Mike and Becky,

I am so deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful daughter Karrah. Mike and I shared many stories about 'your' girls and 'my' boys throughout their early childhood. I wish I could help minimize the pain you must feel.

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

With love and sorrow,

Jon Newman

Nikki (Massingill) Sloan

February 14, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Karrah. I did plays with her at ACT and we did Anne of Green Gables together at DAFY. She was remarkable - even at a young age. She was so mature and was meticulous with her work. I was in awe of her and her abilities, and I was quite a bit older. There is nothing I can say to help - just know she left an impression on me. Peace and love be with you all.

Amy Mohan

February 13, 2019

Karrah and I were in the same section our 1L year and had many study sessions together that first year. She was always kind, bright, and positive. I remember studying civil procedure at my apartment in Knoxville over spaghetti and meatballs! I'm praying for your entire family during this very difficult time.

Rebecca Johnson

February 13, 2019

I had the privilege of serving on the AFEF board with Karrah for a short time. It was easy to see she had a bright, sparkling, positive personality! She will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to her family and friends in this difficult time.

Emily Mack

February 12, 2019

I went to law school with Karrah. We were in the same section together our first year and had many classes together thereafter. She was such a bright, vibrant person with a passion for life and for others. She was also someone who could lift you up on even your worst day and I am so deeply saddened by the news of her passing. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

Barbara Harr Walling

February 12, 2019

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Karrah’s passing. She was beyond lovely and such a kind and sweet spirit. My deepest condolences to Brielle and family.

Barbara (Harr) Walling-retired GPS middle school English teacher

Amber Hunter

February 12, 2019

Karrah and I shared a very unique friendship full of love, honesty, tears, hugs, encouragement and lots of laughter. Her positive attitude was just as infectious as her beautiful smile. Sometimes our conversations seemed endless as we both could cover many topics in a short period of time.
I am blessed to have so many amazing memories with Karrah, its difficult to choose one. My most cherished is the day she held my son.
During my pregnancy, she would always check on me and in true Karrah fashion, she asked 1000 questions. If I didn't show up for work, I knew to expect a text from her asking if today was the day. After I had my son, we came for a visit. She expressed how horribly frightened she was to hold an infant. Knowing she was one of the most gentile creatures to ever live, to me, this was shocking. I had to assure her if she dropped him, I promised I would not be mad and I handed him over. Karrah was also one of the bravest people I have ever met. She was so proud of herself that she held him and admitted she actually liked it.
This world doesn't seem as bright without her here. But I know she is watching over all of us. It makes me happy to think she is up there with God and the biggest pile of puppies, she could ever imagine. We love you always.
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