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“My sincere sympathy to the Kelly family. My mom, Willie Mae loved you so much and talked about you all so much after I moved away.You will be in my...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Jean Hightower - Landrum, SC

“Dear family: I am so sorry to hear of J.D's passing. I just learned this Monday morning. I wish I had known in time so Mark and I could have been...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Kelley Carden - Waynesville, NC

“Terry, Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Randy Dennis - Leroy, NY

“Terry, So very sorry to here about your Dad's passing. I just heard of it today 5-6-12. My prayers are with you, your mom, Christine, and all of your...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Keith Jenkins - Sevierville, TN

5 of 26 | Posted by: Carolyn Gaddy - Waynesville, NC

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of sadness. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Grace Middleton and Family - NC

“JD had such a steady, level-headed approach to life. His calmness and quiet confidence rubbed off on those around him, most of all Terry. He will...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Gil Carver - waynesville, NC

“Our condolances to the Kelly family. Mr Kelly was a very special person. Sincerely, Homer and Gwen Haywood ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Gwen Haywood - Tifton, GA

“Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Kurt Metzger - Salem, OR

“We will never forget the great years we shared as your neighbors & friends. Brenda & I were fairly young at that time and learned a great deal from...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Gerald & Brenda Peedin - Selma, NC

“Dear Kelley Family: Their are no words to tell you how sorry I was to hear of JD's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of him when I was...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Sarah Jane League & Gary W Smith - NC

“Dear Kelley family, When I read and saw pictures, I smiled as I remembered the strong influence that people like Mr. Kelley had on us as we were...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Elaine Williams Thompson - NC

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints. Psalm 116:15 Our condolences to the Kelly family. Tom and Jo Alexander ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Tom and Jo Alexander - NC

“Our condolences to all the Kelly family. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Tom and Jo Alexander - NC

“In May 1951, I was fresh out of High School and JD took me under his wing in the Meat Department of the Dixie Home Store on Main Street, Waynesville....Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: JC Scroggs - Clyde, NC - Friend

“With Deepest Sympathy. Allie Mae my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I worked with J.D. for many years. He was a true friend. ...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Dickie Southard - Elkin, NC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I loved listening to the great stories Julie and Will would share with me during their visits. ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Lynn Midthun - Raleigh, NC

“Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all! ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Beverly

“You are a dearly loved man who will be missed greatly! You will always be in my heart. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Beverly fernander - Carrollton, GA

“Mrs. Kelley, What a wonderful love story I seen in your life with Mr. Kelley. My life was enriched when I met you both. I am praying for you and...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Sharon Carden - Sylva, NC

“My thoughts and prayers are with Miss Allie and all the children and grandchildren. I am so sorry for your loss. A fond farewell to one of the...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Debbie Rhinehart - Grand Junction, CO

“I'll miss you, buddy. Rest in peace. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Doyle Plemmons - Waynesville, NC

“So sorry for the loss. Keeping the family in my prayers. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Todd Parker - Aiken, SC

“We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelley family. May God's love comfort you and may happy memories fill your...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Charles and Debbie Lybrand

“I have such wonderful memories of being in the Kelley home back in my college years with Reba. The door was always open and all welcomed in...thank...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Alice and Bill Loper - Eatonton, GA

“Thinking of you during this time of sorrow. Mr. Kelley always treated me like one of his. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Jane Mashburn

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James Donaldson (J.D.) Kelley

'Friend To All'

James Donaldson (J.D.) Kelley, 85, of 480 Auburn Road, Waynesville, NC died peacefully Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC after a brief illness. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late David Donaldson Kelley and Mary Emma Gordon Kelley. He was also preceded in death by a son, Richard Dale Kelley in 2009.

He was born on Christmas Day 1926 and was a 1945 graduate of Waynesville Township High School and a World War II veteran. He served in the US Army from June 1945 to February 1947 during which time he was stationed in Italy. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. After his military service he was employed by Dixie Homes Stores in Waynesville as a butcher and later store manager. In 1953 he began a 38-year career with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture where he served as a poultry inspector for the NCDA Poultry Division until his retirement in 1992.

He had been a member of First Baptist Church in Waynesville since his baptism in 1941 and was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher. In addition to his professional career, he was a skilled mechanic and musician. He was an original member of the Blue Valley Boys bluegrass band which won the Saturday Night roundup competition in the late 1930s and 1940s and which in more recent years played intermittently at gatherings around Haywood County.

On August 28, 1948 he married Allie Mae Abercrombie in Pickens, South Carolina and began his 63-year romance with the love of his life. He enjoyed camping, playing and listening to blue grass music, eating breakfast with his friends at local restaurants and visiting friends and family. He was deeply devoted to his beloved family and was a remarkable husband, father and grandfather. Always with a smile, a kind word and a quick humor, he was a friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by his beloved wife Allie Mae Abercrombie Kelley, his children Reba Miller (Ron) of Raleigh, NC, James Donaldson "Don" Kelley, Jr. of Akron, OH and Dr. William Terry Kelley (Christine) of Waynesville, his grandchildren Amy Miller Cave (Mike) of Raleigh, William "Will" David Miller (Julie) of Lincolnwood, IL, James Richard "Jim" Kelley of Carrollton, GA and Crystal Leigh Kelley of Mirimar Beach, FL, his great-grandchildren, Logan and Ayden Cave of Raleigh, Tate, Quinn and Leo Miller of Lincolnwood, IL Christopher Kelley of Villa Rica, GA and Tristen Kelley of LaGrange, GA.

He is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Kay Kelley and Jack and Vivian Kelley of Waynesville, sisters-in-law Virginia Kuykendall and Betty Abercrombie of Hendersonville, Winifred Abercrombie of Seneca, SC and a brother-in-law James Lewis of Florence, SC, nephews Ed Kelley of Waynesville, Phil Kelley of Mars Hill, Harrison Abercrombie of Walhalla, SC, John Abercrombie of Conway, SC, Edward Abercrombie of Madison, TN, nieces Mary Jo Reece of Canton, Shirley Franklin of Morganton, Emily Nelson of Waynesville, and Ginger Waters of Inman, SC as well as several great nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Garrett Funerals and Cremations of Waynesville. At other times friends may call on the family at the residence. Services will be held at 2 pm Saturday at the funeral home chapel with Drs. Robert Prince and Richard Maples officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville where he will be laid to rest with full military honors.

Pallbearers will be Mike Franklin, Butch Franklin, Ed Kelley, Phil Kelley, Harrison Abercrombie, John Abercrombie, Edward Abercrombie, and Shannon Rhinehart. Honorary pallbearers will include John Rhinehart, Charles Wallace, Hayes Crisp, Johnny Rogers, Bruce Briggs, Duke James, Steve Davis, Mackie McKay, Charlie Rogers, David Justice, Mac Smith, and his other breakfast friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Open Door Soup Kitchen (32 Commerce St., Waynesville), Haywood County Rescue Squad (P.O. Box 931, Waynesville), the Gideons International (P.O. Box 634, Waynesville) or First Baptist Church (P.O. Box 690, Waynesville). Garrett Funerals and Cremations of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. An online guest registry may be signed at