KINSTON - Anthony Douglas "Tony" Kelly, 73, of 348 Bell Road passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. From a rookie fireman known as "crowbar" he achieved his goal and became Chief of the Kinston Fire Department where he served with the fire department and retired with 38 years of service. He was one of the founders of the Kinston Fire Department Museum and donated many items. Tony was a member of the Custom Knife Makers Guild; was a member of the Historical Preservation Group of Lenoir County; and was deeply involved in studying local history, WWII history and Indian history. He was a member of the First N.C. 11th Regiment of the Civil War Reenactments. He was a kind and gentle man who loved his family, loved animals and was known by many friends as "Peck." He was preceded in death by his parents, William Emerson and Dallas Kelly. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2012, from the chapel of Garner Funeral Home with Chaplain John D. Butler officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home of his son, 400 Bell Road. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carol F. Kelly of the home; his daughters, Cynthia "Cindy" Deaver of Kinston, and Angela "Angie" Stroud of Grifton; his sons, Anthony "Andy" Kelly of Livingston, Texas, Clifford "Cliff" Kelly of Tazewell, Va., Christopher "Chris" Kelly of Pink Hill and Emerson Kelly of Kinston; his sister, Tanya Aldridge of Pink Hill and 12 grandchildren. Arrangements are by Garner Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Aug. 7 to Aug. 11, 2012