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David E. Kelly Sr. - Southport

David E. Kelly Sr. - SouthportDavid E. Kelly Sr. 77 of Southport, passed away August 23, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Mr. Kelly was born May 5, 1935 in Charlotte, NC the son of the late D. Ben Kelly and Julia Cashion Kelly.

Mr. Kelly served as Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety from 1999 to 2001. He graduated from West Mecklenburg High School in 1953 and studied Mechanical Engineering at NC State University. Mr. Kelly formerly served as president of the NC Fourth of July Festival, and was a life-time member of the Southport – Oak Island Chamber of Commerce where he received the President’s Award. He formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brunswick Community College Foundation, past president of the Southport Rotary Club, a member of the Executive Council of the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the NC Ports Railway Commission, member of the Board of Trustees of Brunswick Community College, and a member of the Legislative Commission to Address Hurricane Floyd Disaster Relief. Mr. Kelly was twice awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, a member of the Emergency Management Association, the Col. William A. Thompson Award of the NCEMA, and a former Lion of the Year of the Southport Lions Club. Mr. Kelly was a Mason and a member of Long Creek #205 Masonic Lodge in Charlotte. He was a loving and caring father who loved golf, photography, traveling, going to spring training in Florida, and was an NC State Wolfpack fan. Mr. Kelly was preceded in death by his first wife Betty Jean Suggs and his second wife Dorothy Llewellyn.Surviving are his daughter Mary Kelly and husband Stephen Ness of Clayton; two sons David E. Kelly II and wife Nancy of Southport, and Robert Kelly and wife Tonya of Oak Island; a sister Janet Saunders of Chantilly, VA; seven grandchildren Casey Kelly, David Kelly III, Zach Kelly, Andrew Kelly, Turner Kelly, Mikkel Kelly, and Ryan Kelly; and two great-grandchildren Sam Kelly and Max Kelly.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Ocean View United Methodist Church on Oak Island. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, August 27th at Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral Service in Southport. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ocean View United Methodist Church, 8400 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport



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