Cordie Mae Kahr

May 6, 1944September 15, 2020
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Cordie Mae Stevens made her way into the world to Emory and Sammie Stevens on May 6, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was the fourth of thirteen children, nine girls and four boys.

Cordie professed her faith, and gave her life to the Lord at an early age. She joined The First Missionary Baptist Church under Reverend Emmett Walton. Later in life, she became a member of Unity Baptist Church where she sang in the choir for many years, under Reverend Dr. Valmon D. Stotts. Her final church was El Bethel Baptist Church under Reverend Dr. Lawrence C. Glass Jr., until her health prevented her from attending regular services.

Cordie completed her formal education and graduated from Inkster High School in 1962. She dreamed of becoming an aspiring singer which was short lived. She was a loving caretaker of many children as a nanny. In a perfect world we would confirm that term, however, this was a natural gift and passion for her to help raise, instruct, care, love on and provide for many. Anyone who had the opportunity to be graced by her genuine essence of love became and remained her extended family. Cordie was a mother to all.. so the term "Nanny" is an understatement. Many new her as "Mom".

Cordie possessed style and elegance that put her in a class of her own. She had her own signature walk and her own unique signature style of dressing. She loved to express her creativity in other ways such as sewing / making clothes and decorating. She had the reputation for being very fashionable. Few really knew she dressed to impress herself, simply because it made her feel good.

Cordie married James Linton McNeeley Sr., to this union were born, Martina (Tina), Marlise (Lissa), Merita (Rita), Merica (Rica), Linton Sr. (Lenny) and Jermaine Sr. (Joe), and her bonus son James Jr. (Jim), the oldest of the children. Cordie later married Richard Kahr Sr., to which her other bonus son Richard Kahr Jr. completed the family.

Cordie was preceded in death by her father Emory Sr., mother Sammie, sisters Legirtha & Geraldine, brother Wallace, daughter Merita, and grandsons Jimar Jr. & Jimar III.

Cordie was released from all earthly duties on September 15th. Her class and loving spirit will forever be cherished and remembered by her seven surviving children; her fifteen grandchildren: Tiffany, Antwan Sr., DeMario, DeMarcus Sr., DeMonte, LaRay, Samuel, Brian, Lavonda, Linton Jr., Lenzell, LeJohn, Iman, Jermaine Jr., and NaJae'; her sixteen great grandchildren: Jimareon, Jayshawn, Javon, DeMarcus Jr., Desean, DeAndre, KaSera, Kiera, Dominic, Dacio, Deveon, Angel, Antwan Jr., Lamarra, Tommy and Jyzah; her sibings: Emory Jr., Calvin, Michael, Michela, Deborah, Jocelyn, Valerie, Carmen, and Kathy. And a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in Cordie's honor to Hair Express Mgt. L3C, which is a charitable organization that provides salon services to seniors and the disabled. Checks may be mailed to: 33332 W. 12 Mile Rd., Ste.304, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Family Hour will be held on September 28, 2020 at 11:00 am at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 34567 Michigan Avenue, Wayne, Michigan. Outside under the portico.

Please wear a mask in the building and maintain social distancing while outside.

Her life will be celebrated with a service led by Brother Leon Crawford of City Praise Church at 12:00 pm at the funeral home outside under the portico.

Cordie will be laid to rest with committal prayers in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Livonia, Michigan.

Please leave a message of condolence or share a treasured memory in the guestbook. Select "Add a Memory" below.


  • DeMario McNeeley, Pallbearer
  • DeMarcus McNeeley, Pallbearer
  • DeMonte McNeeley, Pallbearer
  • Linton McNeeley Jr., Pallbearer
  • Lenzell McNeeley, Pallbearer
  • LeJohn McNeeley, Pallbearer
  • Samuel James, Pallbearer
  • Brian James, Pallbearer
  • Jermaine McNeeley Jr., Pallbearer
  • James McNeeley Jr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Linton McNeeley Sr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jermaine McNeeley Sr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Friends of the Family, Flower Bearers


  • Family Hour

    Monday, September 28, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, September 28, 2020


  • Committal Service and Interment

    Monday, September 28, 2020


Cordie Mae Kahr

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Tikila Adolph

September 28, 2020

Our deepest condolences to y’all from us! I love y’all so much and miss the family connections we had as kids. My favorite memories include going to y’all’s house. It was always the best house because y’all were the only ones with a two story! My baby brother Arven used to get into everything so your mother used to put a bell on him so she can find him! Lol, she was a very awesome Aunt and I loved and admired her because y’all were always so put together and respectful. Those qualities stem from how you are raised. I admired her for having the most kids. Please know that our prayers are always with y’all. Love y’all so much, Kela and family out here in Texas.

Lynn Slaton

September 24, 2020

Ms. Cordie Mae,

You were a Star, now a beautiful Angel.

Rest Easy Queen❤️

Lynn Slaton

Marlise McNeeLey

September 24, 2020

Rica James

September 24, 2020

CordieMae, CordieMae,..My momma-You are now where you look the best. You have left your mark on the world. And The Lord is saying, "Well done My faithful daughter". Rest easy mother

Cyndi G

September 24, 2020

Sending love, prayers & strength to the immediate and extended family and friends of Mrs. Kahr.

To Ms. J. Glaze: sending you love, light, strength and comfort today and the days ahead in the celebration of your Sister! May GOD continue to bless and keep you and your family.
~Cyndi G

Renita Street

September 23, 2020

My heart felt condolences and prayers to your family, but most importantly I wish you to have great joy in all the memories of her beautiful life and legacy...

Kisses and all The best to the family


Mrs. Cora Quince

September 23, 2020

While studying at Eastern Michigan University. A beautiful woman approached me to say that she would babysit for me. She did and from that moment on we were family. Not knowing of course that a young lad touting about would be a part of our families lineage with three handsomely talented grand nephews. The grandsons of my dear sister Marva Lavetra Ways. As the two of them continue conversations in heaven, I too say God bless you angel!

Carol Swift

September 22, 2020

Cousin Cordie! Although we were miles apart, it didn't change the love I feel for you in my heart! Although many of our family & love ones have made this journey, before you. I know that one day we will all, join you! But for now, we must stand strong together, til that day comes! We must look for the good in each transition! The Blessing I received in yours, is knowing that your homegoing was the wonderful gift you gave your Aunt Edna, my mother, on her birthday, September 28th! You two had a special bond, that I'm sure will continue, now that you have reunited with one another! Love you cuz!

The Baby Boy McNeeley

September 22, 2020

My Angels in Heaven❤🙏❤
My Cordie Mae, and Merita Laray!!

Michael Stevens

September 21, 2020

Sharon and I, and Derek and Monica send our condolences to all the survivors of Cordie—her children, grandchildren and of course, her siblings. Death is always hard to accept no matter the cause. We hope that everyone will find comfort and emotional strength during this time, and remember Cordie in all the special ways that she touched our lives. As her brother, I regret that we didn’t spend more time conversing the past few years, but I miss her nonetheless. God bless her soul and thanks for allowing her to be a part of our lives for as long as she was. Brother…Michael


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