In the later part of January 1954, Charles Kelley had just sold his tobacco crop. With money in hand, he faced the difficult decision, buy a car or marry his special girl, Maymie Lee. He was having such a tough time deciding, he asked his cousin, Gene Lowery for advice. Gene told him "Buy the car, Charles, buy the car! Thankfully, Charles did not listen to his cousin's advice, and he married his special girl.
On November 11, 2016, his special girl, Maymie Lee Cox Kelley, at the age of 83, gained her angel wings and joined her husband of more than 61 years, Charles E. Kelley, in heaven with her Lord and Savior. She passed away peacefully with her four children, Karen, Greg, Bruce and Angie, and her daughter-in-law, Annie, at her bedside.
Maymie was born July 19, 1933, in Madison County, to the late John T. and Reanetta Parke Cox. After working 30 years as a dental secretary, she retired in 1995 from the office of Dr. Ney and Dr. Wiley. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by: four children including: two sons, Greg (Annie) of Canton, Ga., and Bruce (Mary) of Richmond, and two daughters, Karen (James) Truett of Richmond and Angie Wheeler (Carl Neeley) of Berea; eight grandchildren, Bobby Damrell, Tammy (Jason) Helton, Erin Kelley, Lindsay (Paul) Wilson, Anthony (Krissy) Kelley, Brittany (Timothy) Lawson, Brooke (Derek) Winkler and Travis (Mindy) Wheeler Jr.; one step-grandson, Darrell Cain; 14 great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Joy (Kenneth) Johnson of Richmond and Susie Kaylor of Indiana; a special daughter-in-law, Lisa Kelley of Richmond and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her parents and her husband of 61 years, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Frances Moore, Geneva Masters and Anna Cox, and one brother, John R. Cox.
Funeral service 1 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Keith Parke officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Special music will be provided by Wilma Young, Vickie Young and Robert Johns.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be: Bobby Damrell, Douglas Parke, Bert Ray Turpin, Larry Turpin, Ronnie Turpin and Donnie Turpin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Myrtle Riddell, Nancy Gross and Mary Weitkamp.
Published on November 14, 2016