James A. Kearley

December 4, 1918October 21, 2013

James Ausban Kearley, age 94 of Nashville. He was born December 4, 1918 in Powderly (Jefferson County), Alabama. He retired in 1982, as Vice-President of Life and Casualty Insurance (now American General) after 42 years of service. As a member of the "Greatest Generation", he served his country in both WWII and the Korean conflict. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his action in the battle to retake the city of Forbach, France. He was a member of Hillwood Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder. He enjoyed golf, having several holes-in-one and receiving numerous awards. He is preceded in death by parents, John Ausban and Susie Frances (Harper) Kearley; sister, Cleo Britton and brothers, Joseph Kearley and Cecil Kearley, all of Talladega, AL. He is preceded in death by his wife of 76 years, Realta Barnes Kearley. He is survived by daughter, Joan C. Drane; son, James Allen Kearley; grandchildren, Tina Sharp and Jim Drane of Nashville, Wendy Plessinger of Columbia, SC, Christine Jernigan of Chapel Hill, NC; four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at eleven thirty in the morning on Thursday, the 24th of October, 2013 in Woodlawn's Dignity Hall, with visitation held from ten in the morning until service time. Entombment to follow in Woodlawn Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of floral tributes, contributions may be made to the Hillwood Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice .


  • Visitation Thursday, October 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 24, 2013

James A. Kearley

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Virginia Watson

October 31, 2013

So sorry to hear about your grandfather. I read about it online. I have such good memories of being at his house with you. Take care.

Alton Barnes

October 24, 2013

Ausban was one of a kind, a great person who loved like and contributed to it in many ways. We will miss him deeply. Our sincere condolences to each member of the family. Alton and Mary Jo Barnes.

Sharon Barnes Bockmon

October 23, 2013

Uncle Ausban will be missed. Our prayers are with your family.

James & Carolyn Drane

October 23, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather. May our loving Lord grant you Peace and Comfort.