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Jean Kenny Longley


LONGLEY, Jean Kenny, 85, died Aug. 17, 2021, in Waynesville, NC. She was a member of the Mount Pisgah Academy Church. A native of Miami, FL, she was the daughter of the late Levon and Iola Ezell Kenny. Jean followed in the footsteps of her mother, working as both owner and administrator of Silver Bluff Village, then added Silver Bluff skilled nursing, Arrowhead Cove assisted living, the Bluffs independent living, and on-site child day care. She was appointed by N.C. Governor Jim Hunt to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. She retired in 1998, leaving her daughter, Lisa, with the support of the entire family, to continue the excellent care standards she established. Jean enjoyed traveling, cooking, entertaining and loving her grandchildren whom she called “her girls.” She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Don Kenny. Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years, Max B. Longley; three daughters, Lisa Leatherwood (Bob) of Waynesville, NC, Jodi Pierce (Guy) of High Point, NC, and Lia Clemens (Neal) of McKinney, TX; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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