Lester Anderson Kelly, 94, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at his residence.
The Lawrence County native was born Aug. 30, 1915, the son of the late Jacob and Margaret Anerton Kelly. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Travis Kelly, who passed away Jan. 31, 2009.
Mr. Kelly was a graduate of Kitts Hill High School and retired in 1976 after 33 years of service with Special Metals in Huntington, W.Va. He was an 80- year member of the New Valley Missionary Baptist Church where he served as church superintendent and Sunday School teacher for many years. He lived all his life in Lawrence County.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carol J. Kelly Walters; a son, Lester F. “Buck” Kelly; six sisters, Ethel Webb, Mary Stapleton, Ruth Roberts, Gladys Derifield, Carol Kingery, and Betty Romans and three brothers, William Kelly, Frank Kelly, and George Kelly.
He is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Marie Hunt of Lafayette, Ind., Joyce A. Kelly of Lexington, Ky., and Judy and James Shay of South Point, nine grandchildren, Kathi Ormsbee, Kevin Walters, Terry Kay Hall, Tina Farley, Jack Hunt, Kelly Blanchard, Amy Fulmer, and Joy Baber; 19 great-grandchildren with one more on the way and one great-great-grandchild on the way; two brothers-in-law, Arthur Romans and Kenneth Kingery and many nieces and nephews.
The family extends a special thank you to Ed McKee, Jon Roach and Tom Webb from whom he received special blessings from their love and care.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Comer officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Friends may call 11 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home. Donations may be made in his honor to New Valley Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Paula Wood 4199 Co Rd 52, Ironton, Ohio. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.