Woodrow James Kelly was born on September 14, 1942 to the late Otis Matthew Kelly and Mamie Lou Black Kelly. He was one of eight children born to that union. He transitioned from this earthly home on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro, South Carolina.
Graveside Service will be held Monday, December 28, 2020 at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 320 Hoover Street, Hampton, South Carolina at 3:00 p.m. Reverend Norman Jamison, Interim Pastor, Reverend Dr. Ephriam D. Stephens, Eulogist. A public viewing will be held Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Stephens-Maree-Tracy Funeral Home Chapel of Serenity from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(THOSE ATTENDING GRAVESIDE SERVICE ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACIAL MASK, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED.)
He was born and raised into Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church family. There, he joined at an early age along with his parents and grandmother, the late Anna Black.
He attended Public School in Hampton County, Miley, South Carolina and later Colleton County, Walterboro, South Carolina.
He was married to the " Apple of his Eyes" the late Mary Louise Frasier Kelly for more than 42 years. To this union, seven children were born.
He was employed with several construction companies as a Heavy Equipment Operator, building and repairing roads for more than forty-five years, throughout the Low Country. His knowledge as a Specialist Supervisor taught many individuals to become the best operators they could possibly be using various equipments as Heavy Machine Operators.
Woodrow was a quiet individual, who kept a small circle of buddies, but he made sure they gathered at his man cave which is still called "The Lot." He cared for the children and others in his community, sharing rides to the beach and giving fresh vegetables and fish. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Kelly; one daughter, Angelette Kelly, parents, Otis Matthew and Mamie Lou Kelly; four brothers, Theodore John Kelly,( his twin), Jackie Matthew Kelly, Robert Lee Kelly and James Lindsey Kelly, Sr.; one sister, Wilma Kelly Manigo.
His cherished memories will forever live in our hearts, six children; numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; two sisters, caregiver/sister, Pauline Kelly Bush of the home, Walterboro, South Carolina and Deloris Parks of Walterboro, South Carolina; one brother-in-law, Jerry D. Parks, of Walterboro, South Carolina, and a host of Nieces, Nephews, other loving relatives and friends.
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