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OBIT: Mr. Charles Ray Kelley, Age 83, Of Popes Hill


Mr. Charles Ray Kelley, of the Popes Hill Community died at 1:15 p.m. Thursday  afternoon January 26, 2017 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage where he was admitted Sunday January 22nd being treated for pneumonia. Mr. Kelley was 83.

Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Sunday afternoon January 29th at 3 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.

Bro. Bill Fowler officiated and burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

The son of the late Virgil Spiral Kelley who died at the age of 79 on November 10, 1991 and Ruby Lee Wilson Kelley who died at the age of 61 on January 3, 1976, he was born October 18, 1933 in Gordonsville.

A sister, Mary Ruth Kelley Preston, preceded Mr. Kelley in death on January 5, 1916 at the age of 79.

He was united in marriage to Popes Hill Community resident the former Rhoda Belle Wilkerson at the Smith County Courthouse on November 29, 1952.

They were preceded in death by a granddaughter, Miranda Eudene Duke who died August 30, 2011 at the age of 35 and by a daughter, Allison Ann Kelley who died September 4, 2015 at the age of 49.

Mr. Kelley was a logger by profession and also did landscaping.

He attended the Gordonsville High School and was a member of the former Church at Bellwood.

He proudly served our country for two years during peacetime with the United States Army.

Surviving in addition to his wife of over sixty four years is another daughter, Kathy Kelley Duke of the Popes Hill Community, step-mother, Mrs. Ethel Mahaney Paris Kelley of South Carthage; three sisters, Judy Harris and husband Wayne of the Stonewall Community, Carolyn Ash of South Carthage, Shirley Williams and husband Melvin of Gordonsville; brother, Gerald Kelley and wife Barbara Barclay Kelley of the Rawls Creek Community; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Sanderson of Carthage