Gordon B. KELLEY
1938 - 2015
Lorne and Sons Funeral Home - Delray Beach
745 NE 6th Ave.
Delray Beach, FL
KELLEY, Gordon B.
Gordon B. Kelley, 77, of Highland Beach, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2015. Born and raised in Decatur, GA, Gordon attended and graduated from the University of Georgia where he played football for the Bulldogs and helped them win an SEC Championship in 1959. He then went on to play in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins before finishing his football career with the Atlanta Falcons. In 1960 Gordon married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Blanchard, and they shared 55 wonderful years of marriage together. After retiring from football, Gordon moved his family to Ocean Ridge, FL. He then owned a furniture store and worked and invested in Real Estate before retiring in Highland Beach. Gordon loved fitness, walking on the beach, and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte, siblings, Jack (Brenda), Polly and Patsy, his two children, Gordon B. Kelley Jr. (Annelee) and Mary K. Earnhart (Craig), his five grandchildren, Charles (Rena) and Maxwell Kelley, and Billy, Charlotte and Russell Earnhart, and his great-grandson, Walter Kelley. A private family service was held on October 24, 2015. Those wishing to remember Gordon in a special way may make a contribution to Alzheimer's Community Care/Delray Beach Center, 800 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 101B, W. Palm Beach, FL 33407, which is providing wonderful care to his son, Gordon Jr. Please visit www.LorneandSons.com to share condolences and sign the online guestbook. Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, Delray Beach in charge of arrangements.
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Published by The Palm Beach Post from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2015.
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Gorden was such a nice man. I am sorry for your loss.
Elsie Mmore
February 1, 2020
and gordon great person to me also keep en eye on me and gordon were every you my old friend also watch over me your pal colonel B Tirrell
Colonel Brendan Tirrell
October 28, 2017
will i use know him in boca marina court i met him there when captain mark was training him to work there you know gordon was special guy i also know him in my iife you know people love him Gordon Kelley my old friend his friend Colonel Brendan Tirrell
Gordon kelley
October 28, 2017
will that he will be missed also with us in are Hearts in are memories as well we love you Gordon Kelley my old friend Love Colonel B Tirrell
Colonel Brendan Tirrell
September 28, 2017
I use to know. Gordon. Kelley. In Boca. Marina. Court. I met him. Then. Sure did so. I use call. Him on his. Home. Phone. Number. See how he was doing. Then call him again on his 60. Birthday. You know. Gordon. We're. Every. You are my old friend. Also. With you. In your. Heart in your. Memories. As well. Your. Old. Friend. Colonel. B Tirrell.
Colonel. Brendan. C Tirrell
August 29, 2017
i use to Know him Gordon Kelley my old friend he use to be a security guard in Boca Marina court he worked there for six days so thursday s was his day off and yep and invated him to come over to are house for my grandulation part long time ago 2005 and then he retired from work i use to call him every other days before he passed away peacefully i say s to me is um colonel were every i am also be your friend also Bud oh that s nice of him to say that to you thanks also look after me also keep an eye on me yep also with you in your Hearts and your Memories as well from your Old Friend Colonel Brendan Tirrell god bless you gordon kelley my old friend love you in the Moon also have Been
Colonel Brendan Tirrell
July 4, 2016
Brendan colonel B Tirrell
April 21, 2016
When I first knew him Gordon. Kelley. In Boca Marina. Court. Many many years ago. Yep it was that.
Colonel Brendan Tirrell
March 3, 2016
Brendan Tirrell
February 26, 2016
Gordon and I were best friends and roommates at the University of Georgia. May God bless Charlotte and his family. He was great person.
Tommy Lewis
November 2, 2015
Dear Charlotte and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Gordon was one of the finest, kindest, gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
He adored you and his children and family. My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace.
Karen Gelet
October 30, 2015
Oh Gordon aka Mr. Kelley, how dearly you will be missed. Joe, Kevin and I enjoyed our quarterly dinner dates, we laughed so hard our sides sometimes hurt. You are a true gentleman and always had a big smile. I loved hearing about your wife and her cooking, your walks on the beach and the love you two shared. Also hearing about your children and their families. Our next dinner date is November 14 and we will toast to the amazing friend you were to us. RIP, you will be greatly missed. Love you ~ Jodi
October 27, 2015
My sympathy goes out to the Kelley family . Gordon was a great person and friend . He was always himself ,there is no other . May God rest his sole , and bless the Kelley family .
Bob Longbottom
October 27, 2015
May Gordon's family find consolation in knowing that he gave his best - as an athlete and throughout his life.
With love,
Bill and Lola Godfrey
October 27, 2015
Rest in Peace my friend. You are with God now and he will comfort your good soul!
Joe Marhefka
October 27, 2015
I met Mr. Kelley later in his life. he was a very special man and friend. We laughed together and I always enjoyed talking to him. He loved Charlotte so much and his family. We enjoyed the times we met him for dinner. He will be missed by all who knew him. I am very sad for his family, My sympathy goes out to his family and friends. He will be missed forever!!! Rest in Peace "Snake eyes"
Joe Marhefka
October 27, 2015
Gordon Kelley, Jimmy Vickers, Bill Herron and Aaron Box probably the best 4 ends on a University of Georgia roster at one time.
George Nowicki
October 26, 2015
Gordon was a friend in Atlanta and later UGA as a football teammate. He lived one room from me in Payne Hall, the Athletic Dorm. My condolences to his family. Gordon was a Champion.

Gene "Buck" Wilson, Roswell, GA
October 26, 2015
Gordon was a fierce competitor and a wonderful teammate. Charlotte, may God grant you and your family his peace.I betting Gordon and Elmer are having a good old time about now
John Paul
Paul Holmes
October 26, 2015
Gordon was a friend, and I enjoyed serving him as a football manager. We had a nice telephone conversation a few years back. His passing saddens me and my sympathy to the family.
Alva Watson
October 26, 2015
George Whitton
October 26, 2015
Gordon was a good friend and teammate with the Falcons. We shared a few beers together over the years.I always wanted him on my side, even though I was a Techster! Please know I share your sorrow. He was a good man. It is good to see some of my other Bulldog friends I haven't seen in years.
GOD bless us all!
Taz Anderson
October 26, 2015
I followed the 1959 team closely every Saturday on the radio and I remember Gordon Kelly well. He was a standout player.

Because of Gordon and his outstanding contribution to the 1959 team, I was motivated to walk-on at Georgia and I earn a scholarship on Vince Dooley's first team in 1964.

I am indebted to Gordon Kelley for helping me make the right decision to go to Georgia.
Anthony Dennard
October 26, 2015
Gordon was a good friend and Bulldog teammate. Have thought about him many times over the years. My condolences to his family.
Bo Bradley
October 26, 2015
October 26, 2015
Mary, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your dad was a great man. I have many fond memories of him growing up.
Kyle Dick
October 25, 2015
Love and deepest sympathy to all of Gordon's family. You are all shocked by his sudden death, I know. He was a staunch supporter of each of you. While you have lost the gift of his presence, his support will follow you always.
Kemie Nix
October 25, 2015
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