Thursday October 10 2013
October 10, 2013
October 10, 2013
Mr. Talley Kelley
Dunbar Funerals and Cremations
3926 Devine Street
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.