He was born June 25, 1939, in Latrobe, Pa., to the late L.L. “Dunny” and Ethel Kelly Sr. He worked for 44 years in the international and transportation business in Savannah, Charleston, S.C., and Atlanta, and retired in Atlanta from Lanport, Inc.
Mr. Kelly served the country he loved in the U.S. Army Armored Division for two years and another eight years in the Army Reserves. He was the charter president of the Atlanta Maritime Association and was a member of many business organizations in the transportation industry. In addition to the business community, he served as a life member of the U.S. Jaycees and was a past president of the Savannah Jaycees. He worked with the Boy Scouts of America, H.E.W. Drug Abuse Program, Big Brother Program, and was a volunteer rehab officer with the Georgia prison system throughout his career. In retirement in Clayton, he served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.
Survivors include: his wife, Leslie McDill Kelly of Clayton; a son, Patrick Jason Kelly of Concord; a stepson, Thomas C. Shinta of Jonesboro; a stepdaughter, Christine and husband Ronald Adams of McDonough; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles R. and Sheila Kelly of Indiana, Pa.; a sister-in-law and husband, Mary Don and James Wilkinson of Charleston; a brother-in-law and wife, Claude and Lynn McDill of Lakemont; five grandsons, Ryan, Brandon, Walker, Jason and Aaron; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, at his home with a drop-in from 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.