Cecil Samuel Kelly, Jr., at the age of 84, passed away on December 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Cecil was a native of the “Delta” of Mississippi and a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Cecil’s greatest loves were the Lord Jesus Christ, his wife and high school sweet heart of 62 years, Gloria “Doty” Kelly, and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 12:00 pm until funeral services are at 2:00 pm and burial to follow.
Cecil graduated from Shaw High School and The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. After graduation, he served in the United States Air Force in Japan. After leaving the military, he came home to live in Shaw. He was President of the Lions Club, Chief of the Voluntary Fire Department, and was very active in leadership at the Shaw Methodist Church. In 1966, Cecil and his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi where he eventually served as President of Crawler Parts, Inc., importer and exporter of heavy equipment. In Jackson he served for years as Lay Leader of Riverside Methodist Church. When he retired, they moved to Baton Rouge to enjoy the love of spending time with his two grandsons.
He was survived by his wife and sweet heart, Doty Kelly; 3 children, Dare Kelly Didier of St. Francisville (Belton), Russel Patrick Kelly of Metairie (Dawn), and Molly Kelly Starkey (Don) of Prairieville; 2 grandsons, Nicholas Samuel Starkey of Clinton, Mississippi (Sarah) and Kevin Mathew Starkey; and two great grand-children.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Samul Kelly, Sr., his mother, Vallie Vance Kelly, and his son, Cecil Samuel Kelly, III.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and Wounded Warrior Project.
The family would like to acknowledge and give a special thanks to Dr. Michael Castine, Dr. Andrew Lauve and Dr. Terry Zellmer who provided the most amazing medical care and loving support during this time.
Cecil loved life to the fullest and impacted people that he met with his kindness, generosity and positive perspective. He will be missed dearly.
My deepest condolences toMr. Cecil's family. He will be missed. May the peace God gives sustain you at this difficult time. Psalm 46:1
My condolences to the Kelly family. May the memories you share bring you comfort, and may you find peace in knowing that, those who have fallen asleep in death are in God's memory.(Acts 24:15)
We are so very sorry to learn of Mr. Kelly's passing. He was always so welcoming to all of us in your home. Thinking of you all and holding you up in prayer. We are not in Baton Rouge right now, and are sorry to not be able to attend his service. We are thankful for Mr Kelly's life, service to America and have donated in his honor to the American Cancer Society.
Bev, Zelda, Briley, Cole & Love CasanovaDALLAS, TX
Molly & family, you know how much your family means to me. I have lots of memories & so does my Taylor. You were like family to us. My heart breaks knowing the suffering you’re going through right now:( Mr. Cecil is in a better place with no pain anymore. I miss you guys a lot & I pray for all of you to be at peace just like Mr. Cecil is now. ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻😘
Love & hugs
Dianne PearsonBaton Rouge, LA
Mr Kelly will be missed by many
Jeff TerryVicksburg, MS
My dear friend friend Cecil....You gave me so much support over the many years...I cherished both you and Doty...We laughed a lot and I am going to miss you so much! I will try to stay out of trouble as you advised me to do more than once...
All my love to you, your family and friends XXXOOO
Becky GibsonBaton Rouge, LA
What a wonderful man, we enjoyed each other company over the years! He and Doty we such good friends, encouranging, and laughed a lot. I am going to miss him, but he will live on in my heart and I will never forget his warmth and gentle spirit!!!!! All my love to all the family XXXOOO
Becky GibsonBaton Rouge, LA