Pernell Kelly, 73, of Raeford peacefully made his transition on March 17th, 2018. He was born on February 26, 1945 to the late Charlie M. and Lee Ester Kelly.
He was a member of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church were he served as an usher and a member of the male choir.
He was a graduate of Upchurch High School, and served his country by joining the United States Army. He retired from Burlington Industries after 35 years as a electrical technician. During his tenure at Burlington Industries he attended Fayetteville Technical Community College obtaining various professional certifications. He was a jack of all trades, and loved to work on cars, motorcycles, and anything electrical. He was also an avid bowler and received numerous trophies.
His memories will be cherished by his loving wife of 50 years Betty L. Kelly, daughters Twanii Kelly Small and her husband Nelson of Chesapeake, Virginia, Benedetta Kelly of Raeford, and Tara Melvin of Fayetteville; sons, Christopher P. Kelly and his wife Renita of Southern Pines and Cornelius C. Kelly of Raeford; a sister, Elizabeth McNeill of Fayetteville; brothers, Bishop James Kelly and his wife Bennie of Raeford and Fred Kelly and his wife Hannilore of Fayetteville;13 grandchildren, Micah, Chiquita, Nelson II, Jokemia (Marquis), Chasity, Markus, Briana, Jerome, Brandi, Bianca, Cornelius II, Aliyah and Andrea; and 21 great-grandchildren.
There will be a public viewing Friday, March 23 at Wiseman Mortuary, 431 Cumberland St., Fayetteville from 2-7 p.m.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday March 24 at Mount Pisgah MBC Community Resource Center, 414 Pittman Grove Church Road, Raeford.
In lieu of flowers, love offerings can be sent to Betty L. Kelly, 1065 Townsend Road, Raeford.