Kevin Sean LeCount
October 7, 1973 – October 4, 2020
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kevin Sean LeCount of Raleigh, NC at the UNC REX Hospital in Raleigh on Sunday, October 4, 2020 after a five-year battle with leukemia. Kevin was 3 days shy of his 47th birthday.
Kevin was born on October 7, 1973 in Metairie, LA. He was the son of James Kevin LeCount and the late Mary Francis Naquin, (nee Guidry). Kevin grew up in Bayou Gauche, LA. He graduated with honors from Hahnville (LA) High School and attended Louisiana State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Soon after leaving LSU, Kevin, a devout Democrat, moved to Tarboro, NC, where he worked as a political campaign manager for several candidates for public office. He moved to Raleigh in 2000, where he could better serve his clients. He was known for his steadfast approach to political campaigns, knocking on doors, writing campaign emails, but most importantly, his passion for helping people. Kevin started working for the State Employee’s Association of North Carolina in 2006, where he played a pivotal role in establishing EMPAC, SEANC's political action committee, as a political force in North Carolina. He also built many strong relationships with members in his time with the association. He was remembered for his warm smile and quick wit, and his dogged approach to fighting for working families throughout his career. Kevin left SEANC in the fall of 2016 to focus on his battle with leukemia and raise his beloved son, Nathan. He bravely fought the disease just as he fought for SEANC members.
Kevin was a diehard LSU Tigers fan and a devoted supporter of the Who Dat Nation (New Orleans Saints). He was delighted by the Saints win in Super Bowl XLIV and LSU’s 2019 Undefeated National Championship Season. Kevin’s biggest frustration was that his father was a Conservative Republican and, try as he might, was never able to sway those conservative views.
Kevin did not let his career overshadow his passion and pride for his son, Nathan. Kevin was a Chief of Nathan’s Y Guides crew, President of the Lakemont Swim & Tennis Club where he avidly followed Nathan’s participation on the swim and tennis teams. They enjoyed attending church, camping, fishing, hiking and any activity that gave Kevin time with Nathan. Kevin was deeply religious and his faith in God never faltered throughout his lengthy ordeal with leukemia. He was a member of the Vestry for the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Raleigh.
Kevin is survived by his beloved husband and best friend, Adam G. Harmless (Raleigh, NC); son, Nathanael F. LeCount; father, James Kevin and mom, Elizabeth A. LeCount (Lumberton, MS); sister, Amanda L. LeCount, her fiancé, Alan B. Cisco (New Orleans, LA); stepbrother, John P. Wilson II, wife Christy (Purvis, MS); his beloved Aunt Cynthia L. LeCount (Metairie, LA); Uncle Darin and Aunt Laurie LeCount (Belle Chasse, LA); niece, Alissa M Stutzman, nephew, Aiden M Stutzman, niece, Reese E Wilson; and cousins, Sarah Franz and Logan E LeCount. He will be dearly missed by his extended family and many friends.
Kevin was predeceased by his Mother, Mary Francis Naquin; paternal grandparents, Elmer (Poppy) and Lucile (Gran) LeCount and his cherished pet dog, Jasmine.
A private memorial service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, 125 Hillsborough St. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:00 am. The family has arranged for services to be live streamed at the following link - https://youtu.be/c0yuC6h8fgY. We have provided a hyperlink to the recorded service below under Donations as well.
His remains will be entombed in the church columbarium immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, it was Kevin’s wish that memorial donations be made in his name to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate or The Church of the Good Shepherd - http://www.cgs-raleigh.org/
Link for memories and condolences: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/raleigh-nc/kevin-lecount-9390041
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory, 300 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh, NC.
Private Memorial Service
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Kevin Sean LeCount
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October 9, 2020
To Kevin's Family,
We are keeping all of you in our prayers during this tough time with the loss of Kevin. We are thankful that are paths crossed with his and know that he lived his life with much passion and love for his family and friends. He was steadfast in his faith and especially while battling leukemia. We learned a lot from him such as staying steadfast and doing the best you can even through life's challenges and his was the multiple health scares he had. Thanks for the light and love you gave to us and many others. You will be missed. His legacy now lives in his family and friends.
Shelly, Warren and Madeline Plonk
October 9, 2020
Kevin was a huge part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society family. We really enjoyed getting to know him during the 2018 Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Kevin's goal was to do whatever he could to help us further our mission and he did just that. Whether from home, an event or a hospital bed, Kevin was inspired by our Boy and Girl of the Year and other patients battling cancer to never give up. He was especially driven by his amazing son, Nathan. He was his world. I still remember how excited he was to have Nathan by his side during the kickoff event for the campaign, it was such a proud moment.
I am so blessed that I was able to get to know Kevin as a friend and that we remained in contact until recently. Kevin was an optimistic fighter who would give his last bit of strength to help others. He taught me so much about faith and perseverance and I am forever grateful. He was truly a light, and the world is a little less brighter without him in it. Sending prayers to Adam, Nathan and everyone who was blessed to know and love Kevin S. LeCount.
Shanell Smaw, The NC Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
October 8, 2020
I met Kevin in college, specifically in College Democrats. I have a lot of memories of us as part of the larger group, but there is one memory of Kevin that sticks with me specifically.
We had decided to take over the College Democrats, but it wasn't just a hostile takeover. We were doing it by rewriting the bylaws in a way that made the takeover easier. My memory is of me and Kevin sitting in a parking lot at a restaurant after dinner, I think, working on bylaw language that would be attractive on the substance to enough people that they wouldn't notice the takeover part. It was so fun. It was exactly that kind of work that led me to my career and to deeply value Kevin's friendship then and ever since.
We didn't see each other or talk enough after college. But I'd get or send messages from time to time when we saw things that reminded us of each other. I will miss you, Kevin.
October 8, 2020
I worked with Kevin when he was at SEANC and I always looked forward to seeing him. He was smart and had great ideas, but also curious and open to new ideas. I’m thankful to have known him and the world is better place from his work.
October 8, 2020
Kevin was good people. Simplest way to say it. He was kind, generous and loyal to his friends. He also was one of the few Democratic consultants in the state who knew how to talk to voters in the middle of the political spectrum. The world is a poorer place without Kevin in it.
October 7, 2020
One of his friends recently said, “He had a kind voice and even kinder heart. He gave big hugs and his heart was even bigger!”
October 6, 2020
I remember with such joy the day Nathan was christened at Church of the Good Shepherd. It was a privilege to host a luncheon for Nathan's extended family afterward. A lovely time filled with love and promise for God's grace.