Mr. Talley Kelley

  • Born: May 7, 1925
  • Died: October 6, 2013
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina

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Columbia, SC 29205
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Tribute & Message From The Family

COLUMBIA - Talley Francis Kelley was welcomed home by the Lord on Sunday, October 6, 2013. Memorial service for Mr. Kelley will be held 11:00 a.m. in Boyce Chapel of the First Baptist Church of Columbia on Thursday, October 10, 2013, officiated by the Rev. Dennis Banks, Rev. Steve Phillips, and Dr. Wendell Estep. A private family burial will take place prior to the memorial service. The family will receive friends at a visitation and reception in Ellis Hall, immediately following the memorial service.
Mr. Kelley was the son of late Naomi and Neece Kelley. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-three years, Dorothy Coe Kelley; his adoring daughter, Karen Kelley Hall (husband, Jerry W. Hall, Jr.); and loving son, Stephen Lee Kelley; sister, Mary Kelley Hornsby; grandchildren, Christina Rollison Hall, and Jerry W. Hall, III (wife, Lisa Cecere Hall); great-grandchildren, Ellie and Kadie Hall; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mr. Kelley was predeceased by his siblings, Jesse Lewillar Kelley, Dorothy Kelley Martin, and Rodney Beverly Kelley, as well as an adopted sister, Bonnie Mendenhall Neeley.
Mr. Kelley was born in Columbia on May 7, 1925. He finished Columbia High School in 1942. Mr. Kelley was drafted into the United States Army as a machine gunner for the 87th Infantry Division in 1943. He served his nation during World War II and fought in numerous battles throughout the European campaign, including the Battle of the Bulge, which earned him a Bronze Star. Upon returning from Europe, Mr. Kelley enrolled at the University of South Carolina and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1948 and a Master's Degree in Accounting. He then enrolled at Rutgers University and earned his Master's Degree in Commercial Banking in 1959. Mr. Kelley served as the Vice-President and Treasurer of the Federal Land Bank of Columbia, and Vice-President of Trust at the Commercial Bank (First Citizens Bank). In addition, he was a member of the Civitan and the Summit Clubs.
A truly genuine family man, Mr. Kelley not only loved and adored his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; he always had a love for music. As the piano player for the Jimmy Farr Orchestra, Paul LaRosa Band, and most recently the Swing Set Band, Mr. Kelley traveled around the southeast entertaining crowds with the sounds from the big band era. He was a member of the University of South Carolina Alumni Orchestra, performing each year at the Tea Dance before the Carolina homecoming game. He also enjoyed playing for weddings and many other events.
A long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Columbia, Mr. Kelley served faithfully as a deacon and a member of the Joy of Living Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to The First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201, or to a charity of one's choice.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Dot and Family, Heartfelt thoughts go out to you at this time of sorrow. He was such a nice man. We have such pleasant memories of you and Talley at the 87 Division and Company D reunions. It was such a joy to hear him play the piano. We will miss hearing from hom.

Sincerely, Ralph and Marion Carver from Co. D

Posted by Marion Carver - Erie, PA - Company D of the 87th Division   October 16, 2013

First, I'd want to extend my sincerest sympathy to each of you for the loss of such a wonderful gentleman. I never knew him personally, but I feel I know alot about him through my father's fond memories of their very tight bond especially during World War II. My father is Alex Burchell Deas (A.B.), normally called Burchell. They were machine gunners and more than that very good friends. They dug a many of fox holes and huddled together knowing that their best friend had their back. My Daddy always talked about Talley and in the fondest way. He went to the Lord on September 20, 2013 from pancreatis cancer. He was a trooper to the end just like Talley was. I'm sure they are telling many stories and laughing about their perdicaments. Again, I'm sorry for your loss, but we will all be reunited again. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Sheila Deas Richardson - Sumter, SC - youngest daughter of A.B. Deas   October 13, 2013

Mrs. Kelly and Steve,
My deepest condolences I extend to you in Kind memory of Mr. Kelly. Mr. Kelly will forever be remembered an an exceptional American Patriot, Faithful Servant of The Lord and a beloved Husband and Father. I will miss him being recognized for his WWII service every July 4TH during The Capitol Fourth celebration at First Baptist, Columbia.Mr. Kelly exexplified The Greatest Generation. God rest his soul and grant You all peace and comfort.
Johnny Asmer

Posted by John Stephen Asmer - charleston SC, SC - Friend   October 10, 2013

Talley will be missed by many. He was a freat individual andfriended many of the members in his WW2 Company.

Gods Peace

Gerry Calehuff

Posted by Girard (Red0 Calehuff - Rochester, MN - Friend and WW2 Company Comember   October 10, 2013

Dear Dot:
Please accept my deepeest and most heartfelt condolences on your tragic loss. Talley was such a kind, compassionate and wonderful person and he will be missed by all who knew him. You were both my first clients for a Will and I shall always remember you and him for having the confidence to come to me. Please know my thoughts are with you at this time of sadness, and once again my deepest and most sincere sympathy.

Fondly, Irene Krugman Rudnick

Posted by Irene K. Rudnick - aiken, TX - friend   October 10, 2013

Talley was a fine man and a talented pianist. We will miss him.

Posted by Andy Gowan - Columbia, SC - friend   October 10, 2013

A true talent that will definitely be missed. Our sympathies to the family.

Linda & Ray Ham

Posted by Linda Ham - West Columbia, SC   October 10, 2013

We would like to offer our condolences to the family. Rickie and I had a very high regard for Mr. Kelly. He played at our daughter's wedding and worked with my father, Jasper, at the Federal Land Bank. We always enjoyed his music at P & L. He will be missed.
Again our sympathy to the family.
Jerry and Rickie Daniels

Posted by Jerry and Rickie Daniels - Columbia, SC - Friend   October 10, 2013

To Dot, Karen, Jerry, and all of the Kelley family... our deepest sympathy. We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during the days ahead. May God hold you in His loving arms and give you peace.
Love, Dot and Beverly

Posted by Beverly Ballard Catoe & Dot Ballard - Columbia, SC - Friends at First Baptist Church   October 10, 2013

Oh, how I loved Talley Kelley! He was a big part of my childhood with spending many fun hours at his house with Karen. I know he's playing his piano with the angels and smiling that twinkly-eyed smile of his. Rest in Peace, Mr. Kelley.

Posted by Katherine Sawyer Bailey - Spartanburg, SC   October 08, 2013

Dear Kelley family,
My condolences to you on Talley's passing. May God grant you peace during this time. Sister Braswell

Posted by Sister Braswell - Columbia, SC - neighbor   October 08, 2013

Ms. Kelley, Karen and Stephen

Alot of great memories.

Love and Prayers,


Posted by Brenda Zwart - Columbia, SC - Friend   October 08, 2013

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. He always had a smile for everyone he met and truly loved people. As Will said, he was the best uncle anyone could have. Our love to you all: Will and Marian

Posted by Marian Hornsby - Columbia, SC - Niece   October 08, 2013

I had the pleasure to work with Talley at the Federal Land Bank for a number of years. Talley had a incredible memory. He treated all his coworkers as personal family members of the Farm Credit Family (FLB, PCA, BOC). He had a generous heart. He loved people, life, music and was in the biblical sense "the salt of the earth". My condolences to his family and his many friends. We are less for his passing.

Posted by William (Bill) Pawley - SC - FLB co-worker   October 08, 2013


Dot,Karen & Steve

My thoughts and prayers are with you durning this time of lost.
Talley will be miss greatly. He was the family man that kept All the Mendenhall's and Kelle's as a family.

Love you all,

Judy Aughtry

Posted by Judy Aughtry - Cayce, SC - cousin   October 08, 2013

To Dot, Karen and Jerry, Steven, and Family,
We send our prayers and thoughts to you during this time of loss. We treasure the memories of Talley and you, Dot. He was such an inspiration to us and a great friend. We will miss him. We hope to see you all before too long. God Bless all of you. Jack and Julia

Posted by Jack and Julia Bircher - Cove City, NC - friends   October 07, 2013


I am so fortunate that Talley has been such a great part of my musical life, and a good friend -- and Steve is continuing to be. I will miss seeing and playing with Talley. My most heartfelt condolences to Dot, Steve and Karen. Ed McCravy

Posted by Edwin P. McCravy - Columbia, SC - Friend, fellow musician   October 07, 2013

Mr. Kelley was a great man. Loved listening to him play the piano at the P&L Lunches at First Baptist. Worked with Mr. Kelley at Federal Land Bank prior to 1985 when they had the blanket retirement. He treated everyone he met with dignity and respect. A very kind man. We will miss him,
Deborah S. Sox

Posted by Deborah S. Sox - Columbia,, SC - co-worker   October 07, 2013

We have lost a true Southern Genlteman and Hero!
Ms. Dot and faimily you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Talley with all his friends. He was a friend, mentor and inspiration to so many. The AgFirst Retiree group will miss Talley tremendously!

Posted by Debbie and Jim Camp - Columbia, SC - Friend   October 07, 2013

Dear Dot & Family, we are so sorry for the sadness you are experiencing at this time. We do know that feeling. Talley was one of my dad's (Curtis Coleman) oldest, dearest friends and one of his pall bearers. The great consolation is that they are in Heaven now with their Heavenly Father and with alot of their old friends from Dreher High School and family that have gone before them. I can imagine all those old friends having a gathering up there and Talley playing the piano along with some of the old band members. What beautiful music that would be. He will be missed. Love Steve & Cindy Barden & Nayda Coleman

Posted by Steve & Cindy Coleman Barden & Nayda Coleman - Columbia, SC - Old Friends   October 07, 2013

Thinking of all of you with love.

Posted by Francis & Annie Eveleigh    October 07, 2013

RIP Talley!!!!

You will be missed.

Posted by Rick Jones - Chapin, SC - Friend   October 07, 2013

Dear Dot, Karen and Steve:
Talley was very special to us. The memories we have of Talley are many and they are all treasured. He and Dad were very close and good friends and I will never forget how sad Talley was when Dad died.
Talley will always be a part of us. His talent, his laugh and genuine interest in us and our calls at Christmas will be deeply missed. Please know that Polly and I have all of you in our prayers.
Charles and Polly LaRosa

Posted by Charles and Polly LaRosa - Columbia, SC - Close Friends   October 06, 2013

The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends deepest sympathy to the Kelley family.

Posted by Kenny Mobley    October 06, 2013