James R. "Jim" Kelly PDF Print E-mail

James Robert “Jim” Kelly, 88, of Newberry, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on November 28, 1923, in Greenville, he was the son of the late Simon Marx and Pauline Wardell Kelly. Mr. Kelly attended Columbia Tech in Washington, DC, and was a World War II veteran having served in the Field Artillary and then served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator for the B17 Flying Fortress. He was the co-owner of Globe Finance Company, Inc. for 63 years. He was the co-founder and former president of WKMG Radio. Mr. Kelly was a member of Epting Memorial United Methodist Church where he was a member and teacher of the Men's Bible Class for many years. Mr. Kelly previously served on the church Administrative Board and Council on Ministries. He was a Hamm radio operator (K4KCO) and a member of the Newberry Masonic Lodge for more than 60 years.

Mr. Kelly was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who is survived by his wife of 61 years, Agnes Corley Kelly; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen K.(Ron) Protts of Orangeburg and Janet K. (Ronnie) Chapman of Kinards; grandchildren, Kelly P. and Tripp Hungerpiller, Joshua P. and Kimberly Chapman, Jami C. and Reid Harrison, Leah Kristen P. and Robbie Bernardo, and Seth J. Chapman, and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, April 13, 2012, at Epting Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Fred Buchanan and Rev. Hugh Bickley. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the graveside. Memorials may be made to Epting Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 Milligan Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Men's Bible Class of Epting Memorial United Methodist Church and three of his hamm radio buddies.

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#22 Kathleen Passmore 2012-05-26 16:02
Mrs. Kelly, Janet and Karen,
My prayers go out to you and your family. I've never meet your family but we are kin. My grandfater James Charles Kelly was the brother of Simon Kelly of Society Hill, Al. Reading the kind words for Jim shows me that my cousin really lived his life and is loved by many. May your faith up hold you, friend and family comfort you, and memories heal your hearts.
Kackierose@yaho o.com
Kathlen Bunyan Passmore of Milton, Fl
#21 Sandra and Ed Hayes 2012-04-16 22:22
Mrs. Kelly, Karen, Janet and families,
We are so sad to hear of Mr. Kelly's death. I just happened on the website tonight and found out or I would have attended the funeral.
I am so glad we were able to visit with you recently. Ed enjoyed sharing military stories with him.
Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We celebrate knowing that he is now with our LORD and knows no more suffering.
Love to you all,
Ed and Sandra
#20 Powell E. Way III 2012-04-16 16:57
A final 73 from W4OPW, it was nice to know you these many years,

#19 Linda Bates 2012-04-14 19:15
Janet, Ronnie & Family,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. When I worked with you and Mr. Jim we had so much fun. I have a lot of fond memories, even when he picked at me.
#18 Barbara J Dickert 2012-04-13 11:40
Our Deepest sympathy to you Ms Anes and your family at the loss of your husband Mr Jim. Praying that God Spreads his grace and love to you and your family during this difficult time in your lives;
In Christ love and fellowship .
Barbar Jean & Ms Ellen Dickert
#17 Ellen & Barbara J Di 2012-04-13 11:35
Our deepest Sympathy goes out to you Ms Agnes and your family at this time of sorrow in your lives. Mr Jim and my daddy Bill were Masonic brothers and you both always spoke to Dad and Mom on sunday mornings. Ms Agnes you always had a kind word for me to pass onto my Mom when she was ill. Our thought's and Prayers are with you all. May God hold you all close under his wings during this difficult time and in the weeks and months to come. God Bless; Ellen & Barbara Jean.
#16 Judy Williams Chappell 2012-04-13 08:33
Agnes and family,

I have such fond memories of Jim and the "coffee drinkers" at Main Street Pharmacy. Jim was my favorite. We shared a lot of laughs over the counter. Jim was always smiling and had something funny to say to me. The funniest thing that has stuck in my mind was the day he told me "Judy, its looks like you sat down and forgot to get completely up." We all had such a laugh about that. He was such a fine gentleman and everyone loved him so much. I know you and the family will miss he dearly. My sympathy to all of you.
#15 Eddie Malcom 2012-04-12 21:57
Miss Agnes so sorry about Mr. Jim. Always like him and thought alot of him, he was a good neigbor thou years. You are in my prayers. Again so sorry.
#14 Kelly Redd 2012-04-12 14:45
Aunt Aggie, I remember as a child coming many times to visit you and Uncle Jim. He was always so funny and stayed that way; as he made me laugh the last time I visited a few months back. I remember being in awe of his Hamm radio room and thinking how important he must be!
I understand your loss and love you all.
#13 Jackie Shafer 2012-04-12 13:32
My deepest condolences Karen, Ron, and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in your time of loss.
#12 James Miskelly 2012-04-12 11:01
Agnes,the Daughters, and Grandchildern. I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Jim. May God Bless and Comfort you in this time of stress. Agnes You and your family are in my prayers
73 Jim
#11 Arlene & Al Chukusky 2012-04-12 09:59
Dear Mrs. Kelly and Family, I am the mother of Debbie George, who works with your grandson, Josh, at Hobby Lobby. I want to extend to you my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and to Josh on the loss of his beloved grandfather. I did not have the honor of meeting you, your husband or other members of your family, but on hearing and talking with Josh of all the interactions in your family of love and devotion, I know that memories of these times will carry you through this difficult time in your life..
God bless your husband who has gone on, God bless you and your family and Josh whom I have known many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Arlene and Al Chukusky.
#10 Debbie George 2012-04-12 09:28
My deepest sympathy to the entire Kelly and
Chapman famly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May God bless all of you.
#9 Faye Fant 2012-04-12 07:29
So sorry for your loss of Mr. Jim. He was a very sweet man. The world has loss a good man.
#8 Debbie P. Turner 2012-04-11 14:38
I will miss 'Mr. Jim' so very much. He was such a sweet and funny man. I enjoyed working close to his place of business and saw him almost every day. He was always a bright light on our 'Caldwell Street' family. My thoughts and prayers are with 'Miss' Agnes, Karen, Janet and the other family members. I love you all and will NEVER forget Mr. Jim...I loved him and will miss him greatly. Debbie
#7 Debbie Shealy 2012-04-11 13:53
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God strengthen you during this time. May your memories bring you joy and comfort.
Love, Debbie
#6 Sinclair Talbot 2012-04-11 12:53
Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your husband and father. Janet, we are especially thinking of you and your special concern for our Baillie dog, of late. Always remember that a parent's influence NEVER leaves you. Be comforted in memories of happy times spent together as a family. Your husband and dad led a long productive life and has a loving family of which to be proud. Love, The Talbots- Jim and Sinclair
#5 Eddie Bledsoe 2012-04-11 09:15
Now I know why your daddy was on my heart so strongly just a few days ago. I realized that I needed to find out where your mom and dad live and go out to see them. Even though I didn't call you to find out, I began praying for your parents. I really didn't know why. Now I do! I loved your daddy. He certainly was good to me. I know that you cherish the memories you have of him, but I will never forget how he used to pick at me about Linda. I hope that you are comforted as only the Holy Spirit can comfort. I love you all and will be praying for you during this time.
#4 Rose & Chuck Meadows 2012-04-11 09:13
We are so sorry to hear about Mr.Jim,it was always a pleasure to talk to him when I would visit.Our prayers are with your family and pray God will be with you. Rose & Chuck
#3 Christy Bouknight 2012-04-11 08:37
We were very sorry to hear about Mr. Jim's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
James, Zadean, and Christy Bouknight
#2 Sheriff Lee Foster 2012-04-10 22:22
Our family offers our sympathy and condolences on the passing of Mr. Kelly. He was a gentleman and a very nice man. We appreciate his service to God and Country. May the Lord bless you with his Peace. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#1 Terrie Mayer 2012-04-10 17:31
Janet, Ronnie, and family,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Jim was one of the nicest men I've ever known. I loved his witty personality and his charming nature!
I know that your entire family will miss him tremendously, but cherish all those wonderful memories that were made over the years. He certainly had the respect and love that is hard to find nowadays.
May your faith in OUR LORD sustain you in the upcoming weeks. We share your loss.