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Edsel Kelley

Edsel Coolidge Kelley, age 70, of Dunmore, left this mortal earth on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Born February 2, 1945, at Dunmore, he was the only son of 11 children, all born at home, to the late Lawrence and Evelyn Clark Kelley.

Ed was a free spirit with a big heart, fighting for things he believed in and caring about his fellow man. His first job was at Townsend and Sons Lumber Company in Mill Gap, Virginia.

A short time later, Ed married and moved to Vienna, Virginia, where he worked as a master carpenter for more than 20 years and raised his family.

He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, Virginia. Ed was an avid outdoorsmen and enjoyed trout fishing, hunting, trapping, ginsenging and making maple syrup along with his woodworking projects.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Martha Kelley, Elsie Sheets, Dorothy Gaul, Leta Wilfong and Frances Taylor.

He is survived by his former wife, Betty Kelley; two sons, Edsel Kelley, Jr., and Joseph Kelley, a daughter, Katie Campbell, and husband, Shaun, and three-month-old grandson, Preston Campbell, who was the love of his life, all of Martinsburg. Also left to cherish Ed’s memory are five sisters, Mona Rankin, and husband, Frank, of Geneva, Ohio, Norine Simmons, and husband, Wallace, of Dunmore, Lucille Ratcliffe, of Hot Springs, Virginia, Georgia Townsend, and husband, Richard, of Pearisburg, Virginia, and Kathleen Wolfe, and husband, Roger, of Catlett, Virginia.

Funeral was April 10 at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. David Fuller officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Lantz Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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