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Lou Dove Kapherr


Lou Dove Kapherr, 94, of Creedmoor North Carolina died peacefully at Duke University Medical Center on Tuesday August 31, 2021

Fanny Lou Dove was born on November 25, 1926 to the late George Houston Dove and Burma Hester Dove of Granville County, North Carolina.

Growing up in Creedmoor, she graduated from Creedmoor High School in 1942 and immediately went to work serving the soldiers of WWII at the Camp Butner Hospital. After the war, she was employed as a transcriptionist/bookkeeper by Dr. Ralph G. Fleming of Durham, and later as a medical secretary with Triangle Orthopedics until her retirement.

Lou met her husband Joe, of Memphis Tn, at Wrightsville Beach in 1951. She was vacationing with friends and Joe, in the Army/Air Force, was stationed at Fort Bragg awaiting deployment to Korea. Upon his return from war, they were married in Creedmoor on September 6th, 1952.

Joe and Lou welcomed Joseph William Kapherr Jr. in 1957 and Katherine Louise Kapherr in 1959. Lou always found time to participate, support or take the lead role in her children’s activities.

Joe and Lou were lifelong members of Creedmoor United Methodist Church. As a regular attendee, she actively served on various committees and held many leadership roles throughout the years. Lou spent hours playing board games with her young grandchildren, enjoyed the challenge of a cross word puzzle, and genuinely loved playing Bridge with her friends each Tuesday. She thoroughly enjoyed travel with Joe’s work and later with friends on guided group tours here and abroad.

One of Lou’s greatest joys was becoming “Mama Lou” to her grandchildren and great grandchild. She championed their growth and accomplishments with intense pride.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 3, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Creedmoor United Methodist Church officiated by Reverend Dr. Jonathan Jeffries. Burial will follow in the Creedmoor Cemetery.

She is survived by her son Joseph William Kapherr, Jr. (Dianne) of Creedmoor, NC. Grandsons William Houston Kapherr (Lindsey) of Creedmoor, NC, and Allen Joseph Kapherr (Rebecca) of Willington, NC, a great grandson Lane Joseph Kapherr, and her sister Sue (Dove) Garner, of Creedmoor, NC.

She is preceded in death by husband Joseph William Kapherr Sr. and daughter Katherine Louise Kapherr.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Creedmoor United Methodist Church or the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.

The family would like to thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness and support during this difficult time. We extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses of Duke University Medical Center for their compassion and care during mom’s stay.


  • Darnelle Averre Posted September 2, 2021 4:29 pm

    Joey and family,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, my prayer for you and your family is that God will give you peace and understanding for today and the days ahead. Hold to your memories and they get you thru each day. Hugs and prayers to each of you. Your parents were wonderful leaders for the UMYF on local and district level. Your mother was a wonderful human being to all that she meet.

  • Cathy Tillotson Posted September 3, 2021 10:03 am

    Joey and family, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a kind and loving person. I will always remember her and Kathy too sending prayers

  • Sherrie Newton Cates Posted September 3, 2021 2:40 pm

    Joey and family, Sorry to hear about your mother. She was a lovely person inside and out. I will be thinking of you and your family.

  • Mary Peed Posted September 3, 2021 3:47 pm

    Dear Sue, sSorry to hear of Lou’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was such a sweet person. I know you will miss her. Love Mary

  • Danny Lea Posted September 3, 2021 5:44 pm

    Joey, I was very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was very kind to my Mom, and I will always appreciate it.

  • Theresa N Shackelford Posted September 4, 2021 3:01 am

    Deepest Condolences on the loss of such a kind and wonderful woman. We were blessed to have Lou in our lives. Love Theresa and Hayden

  • Raymond Rook Posted September 4, 2021 2:11 pm

    To Joey and Family. So sorry for the loss of Your Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family Raymond Rook, Kerr lake.

  • Wanda Whitmore Posted September 4, 2021 11:28 pm

    Joey I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Buddy & Bettie Anne Perry Posted September 8, 2021 11:39 am

    Joey and Mrs Garner, Bette Anne and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom and sister. We shared many wonderful times with your families in Creedmoor and fondly remember our time there together. Please know that we hold you all warmly in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Tondra McClung Atkins Posted September 15, 2021 9:31 pm

    Joey, keeping you in our prayers. We have lots of fun memories with your family. Lou was the best godmother ever! Love ya!

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