David Kelly – devoted husband, father, mentor and father figure too many others, passed peacefully at Saint Francis-Emory Healthcare Hospital on January 08, 2022 surrounded by family.
Funeral Services will be held 12:00 PM Thursday, January 13, 2022 in the chapel of McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907. Interment will be held at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery following the service at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the funeral home.
Born July 13, 1951 in Carlisle, Kentucky to Talmadge Blaine and Betty Ann Kelley where he went to school, worked on tobacco farms and quickly found his calling as a mechanic from working on muscle cars with a family friend. David then entered the Army in 1971 as a 91B/diesel mechanic. David served two tours in Vietnam before coming home and meeting his wife of 45 years (Nena Kelly). Together they gave life to three children – David, Nikki and Tiffany. After leaving the military in 1979, David worked for the next thirty-three years as a mechanic for various companies with USA Concrete being his last. David retired in late 2013.
David follows his Parents Talmadge and Betty Kelley, his Brother William Blaine Kelley and his Sister Mildred Ann Adams in their homecoming. David is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 45 years Nena Kelly, three children (Son) David Kelly (wife - Tara Kelly), (Daughter) Nicole Kelly, (Daughter) Tiffany Spears (Husband – David Spears). Six Grandchildren (Granddaughter)Taylor Holmes (Husband – Hunter Holmes) (Grandson) Hunter Province, (Grandson) DJ Kelly, (Granddaughter) Alyssa Province, (Grandson) Talmadge Morgan and (Grandson) David (Jr) Spears as well as two Sisters Mary Lou Fryman and Beverly McLean. David also leaves behind several Nieces and Nephews as well as multiple people who looked to him as a mentor and father figure.
David Kelly will NEVER be forgotten and will not only be remembered as a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather and Mentor but more so as a GREAT MAN! He will be missed.