Opal Mae Kelley


Opal “Dolly” Mae Kelley, 89, passed away peacefully at home with family on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

Dolly was born Feb. 23, 1928, in McMinn County, the daughter of Gary Johnson and Eddie Graham of North Carolina. She was a long-time resident of Calhoun, where she retired as a cook from Calhoun Elementary School.

A consummate mother and grandmother, she loved and enjoyed spending time with her family. She had an unwavering faith in God and was a member of Calhoun First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 38 years, Oscar Kelley; her son, DeWitt Kelley; and five brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by her sons: Larry, Rodney and Michael; along with nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, where she will be buried beside her husband in the Calhoun Cemetery, with the Rev. Kevin Cheathum officiating.

The family will hold a memorial service at Calhoun First Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Donations can be made to The Mission Fund of Calhoun First Baptist Church.

If you are unable to attend the service, sign the guest registry at www.zieglerfuneralhome.com.

Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Opal “Dolly” Mae Kelley.


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