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Howard Chester Kelly Sr., 76, of Rockwell, passed away on Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast, in Concord, surrounded by family. He was born on January 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Joseph Kelly and Jeanette Braun Kelly. Howard proudly served his country in the United States Army.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gold Hill and he worked as a maintenance technician in the heating and air conditioning business for most of his life. Howard was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, work in his garden, and he even raised chickens on their land. He was member of the Rowan County Bee Keepers Association and loved tending to his bee hives. Howard loved life and was always picking and joking around with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Iva Kelly, and a stepson, Timothy Brockwell.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Kelly of Rockwell; a daughter, Donna Kelly Brown and husband Mark; two sons, Joseph Kelly, and Howard Kelly Jr.; a stepson, Michael Brockwell and wife Faith; five grandchildren, Marshall Brown, Erin Kelly Moran and husband Zach, McKenna Kelly, Trinity Brockwell, and Christian Brockwell; and a great grandson, Rowan Moran.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday February 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Gold Hill (16141 Old Beatty Ford Rd., Gold Hill, NC 28071) conducted by Pastor Toney Parsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the Kelly family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.