August 25, 1926 ~ August 5, 2022

James “Jim” Robert Kelly, 95, of Sanford, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022, at Central Carolina Hospital.

The family received friends on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in the McDowell Hall of Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church. The funeral service followed at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary with Dr. Calvin Sayles officiating. Burial followed in Juniper Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was born in Lee County to the late James Lee Kelly and Irene Griffin Kelly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Robert Kenneth Kelly and Jeffrey Paul Kelly; siblings, Larry Kyle Kelly, Sylvia Kelly Yarborough, Lou Kelly Roberts, Rachel Kelly Stickel and two great-grandchildren.

After retirement from GKN, he volunteered to many causes and organizations including Meals on Wheels and The Bread Basket. He was a member of Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church, where he was an active volunteer. Jim also served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Kelly is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Melba; daughter Jennifer Ellen Kelly of Sanford; one grandson and two great-grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church, 316 W. Main Street, Sanford, N.C. 27332 and/or The Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C., P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, N.C. 27361.

Online condolences are available at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.