Ben Joseph "Jody"
March 29, 1921-
March 28, 2014
Phenix City, AL- Ben Joseph "Jody" Kelly, Sr., 92, of Phenix City, AL, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Bethany House surrounded by his loving family.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 EDT, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery with Rev. Charles Keown officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:00 until 2:00 pm EDT, at Vance Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Kelly was born on March 29, 1921, in Phenix City, AL, the son of the late Elmo Benson Kelly and Ada Smith Kelly. He served in the Navy during WWII before returning home to live out his life in Phenix City. He and his wife owned and operated Kelly Superette and he was active in the community. He was a longtime member of Lakewood Baptist Church and a charter member of the Phenix City Civitan Club. He was full of fun and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Thelma Kelly Ball, Jessie Mae Kelly Asbury, Edwin Kelly, Emmett Kelly, Harry Kelly, Harvey Kelly and Charles Kelly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Frances Jernigan Kelly; children, Ben J. Kelly, Jr. and wife Donna of Auburn, AL, Linda Kelly Boyd of Roswell, GA; grandchildren, Jay Coulter and wife Adicia of Phenix City, AL, Candice Kelly Forbes and husband Mallory of Birmingham, AL, Beth Kelly Hudson and husband Jon of Atlanta, GA and Sean Boyd of Atlanta, GA; six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, extended family members and many caring friends. The family appreciates two special angels, Linda Alexander and Brenda Lyles who bestowed great love and care during his last few months.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2014