He was born in Carroll County on August 12, 1909, the son of the late Jesse Marvin Kelley and the late Solena Magdalene Powell Kelley. He lived his entire lifetime in this area and was co-owner and operator of the Villa Rica Feed Mill for many years. When he sold his share of the feed mill, he opened a lawn mower repair shop at his home. He could repair any mower, but he truly loved and preferred to work on Snapper mowers. He worked steadily and repaired mowers until his health required him to take “early retirement” at the age of 98. He bought a new truck almost every year and would trade in his “old” truck that unually had under 10,000 miles on it. He was very outgoing and always had a story or joke for everyone. He had been a member of Concord United Methodist Church for many years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Jo Kelley; three brothers, Loy Kelley, Amos Kelley, Floyd Kelley; and a sister, Doris Kelley Elder.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mable Almon Kelley of Temple; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the J. Hoyt Thomas Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Lawrence officiating. Pallbearers will be Roy Reeves, Joe Sims, Adam Gruen, Brian Gruen, Kevin L. Kelley and Benjamin Kelley. Interment will follow in the Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.jhoytthomas.com.
J. Hoyt Thomas Funeral Home, Villa Rica.