Duck Kelley passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Monday June 28th , 2021 surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was born in Wayne County, West Virginia on May 17th, 1950. At the age of 6 he moved to WPB Fla and resided there until 2001 when he moved to Athens, Al. with his wife.
He lived his life to the fullest, having fun and going on adventures with his friends. He was a member of “Troop 2 Dogs” founded by his lifelong friends ( Larry, Keith and Plato McCall) who were like brothers to him, taking underprivileged children on annual camping trips. He was an avid fisherman and loved going on hunting trips with his friends. He was a great storyteller and loved giving all his family and friends nicknames. He had a great sense of humor and loved playing jokes on people. He never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with about anyone he met and most became valued friends. “He loved his dogs and always said he lived with his dogs, they didn’t live with him.”
He was preceded in death by his father Merlin Kelley of Ceredo, W.V., Mother Ruth McKinney of Belle Glade, Fl., brothers James Kelley of W.P.B, Fl., William Kelley of Ft. Myers, Fl., nephew Kenneth Kelley of W.P.B., Fl.
He is survived by his wife of 47 yrs,. Deborah Kelley of Athens, Al., furbabies Nell and Princess, Daughter Melissa Clay (aka Little Duck) and Alan, of Gainesville, Ga., daughter Ronda Young (aka RO) of W.P.B., Fl., granddaughter, Brittany Sevener (aka Bratt Lynn) and Aram of Gainesville, Ga., two great grandsons, Gage and Greyson Sevener of Gainesville, Ga., sister Shirley Gayle Jones of Pinckneyville, Il., nephew Gerald Weeks (aka Tinker) and Brandi (aka Kicker) of DuQuoin, Il., sister-in-law Charlotte Lurvey of Scottsboro, Al., nieces Karen Bynum (aka “L”) of Ocean Springs, Ms., Jenny Niedhardt (AKA James Bond) and Frank of St. Augustine, Fl., nephew Jeffrey Lurvey (AKA JP)and Samantha of New Bedford, Ct., niece Heather Williamson (aka Shake-N-Bake) of Columbia, Ms. and niece Kristi Lee (aka Sunshine) of Scottsboro, Al. and many great nieces and nephews as well as many, many friends.
Services will be held at Spry Funeral home in Athens, Al. Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.. followed by a Celebration of Life at his home in Athens with his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his memory and in honor of his nephew Gerald weeks who was a recipient of their care as a child and survivor of leukemia.
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RIP --ADRIAN---AKA DUCK KELLEY-FOREVER MY FRIEND--see you when i cross the bar.