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Monday, 20 April 2020 14:07

Michael David Kelly

Michael David Kelly, age 59, of Chesterfield, VA, died Wednesday, April 15, 2020 after battling Covid-19. Mike was born in Germany into a military family and spent most of his early life in Michigan. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for 18 years, most of which was as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He retired at Fort Lee, VA with the rank of Master Sergeant. Mike’s civilian career was in information technology. He worked in higher education, both working in and teaching IT at Richard Bland College, and most recently as a Systems Administrator for the Virginia Department of Social Services. He was very active in the Masonic Fraternity. He was a Past Master of Dupont Lodge No. 289 A.F. & A.M. and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 29th Masonic District in 2019. For his hard work and dedication, Mike was named Outstanding District Deputy Grand Master by the Grand Master of Masons on Virginia. Mike was known for his wit and humor. He will be remembered for his bright smile, his ability to make people laugh, and his desire to share his many gifts with all that he met. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Burton Kelly and Myrna Cartwright Kelly; his second mother, Ruby Kelly; a brother, Tim Kelly; and his mother-in-law, Shirley Guthrie. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Nancy Kelly; sons, Adam Kelly and Matthew Kelly; siblings, Kathy Bell, Leslie Kelly, Iris Buttons, and Tom Kelly, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Old Powhatan Baptist Church, 2202 Old Church Road, Powhatan, VA 23139 or Dupont Lodge No. 289 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 395, Hopewell, VA 23860. Services by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
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  • Comment Link Greg Kerekes Saturday, 25 April 2020 20:32 posted by Greg Kerekes

    Mike was my neighbor as our backyards overlapped and we would quite often meet after a storm to determine which trees needed to come down. Mike would always offer me the firewood. I would cut it up and he would help me load it and stack it. Many good neighborly conversations were spoken over the years in those backyards and that is what I will dearly miss. I may call Mike my neighbor but, face to face, I always called him my Friend.

  • Comment Link Jacqueline L Winfield-Miller Saturday, 25 April 2020 17:25 posted by Jacqueline L Winfield-Miller

    Nancy, my love and prayers are with you and your family. May God comfort you as only he can.

    Lindsey and Jackie Miller

  • Comment Link Mike Mathes Friday, 24 April 2020 09:47 posted by Mike Mathes

    The world lost a truly kind, generous, friendly, funny, and genuine person. I haven’t spoken with Michael in over 20 years but I still remember him like it was yesterday. He was always there to listen, joke, and make you feel like family. He truly made an impact on me. Nancy and family I’m so very sorry for your loss. We send much prayers and love your way!

  • Comment Link Jim Plested Thursday, 23 April 2020 18:18 posted by Jim Plested

    I only worked with Mike on occasion, and it was usually when I was having problems on my end. Mike was always helpful and easy to talk to. He was a good guy and Im sad to hear this news. Mike will be in my thoughts and prayers now and for a long time.

  • Comment Link Carol Pearson Griffith Thursday, 23 April 2020 18:15 posted by Carol Pearson Griffith

    Nancy, I just heard about Mike on the news. I know we haven’t seen each other in many years but I have lots of fond memories of working with Mike at Ft Lee. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

  • Comment Link Jose Navarro Thursday, 23 April 2020 15:54 posted by Jose Navarro

    Every since I heard the news, it has been very hard for me to accept it. Even though I am comforted knowing Mike is no longer in pain, he is going to be missed. It was an honor and a pleasure working with him.

    Nancy and family, thank you for allowing me to remain in contact with you, even through conversations of tears and sorrow. Just know that Mike's work family will always be right here whenever you need us, and you will all continue to be in our prayers.

  • Comment Link Daren K. Stills Thursday, 23 April 2020 15:49 posted by Daren K. Stills

    I was sad to hear of the passing of your loved one. I only met Mike recently at work in a meeting. In that brief encounter I had with him he displayed the signs of being a great man. I offer my deepest condolences to the family, his community and to Dupont Lodge #289 AF&AM. May God Bless, keep and sustain you during this difficult time.

    PM. Daren K. Stills
    The Pride of Hanover Lodge #264 F&AM-PHA

  • Comment Link Barbara H Pirde Thursday, 23 April 2020 15:06 posted by Barbara H Pirde

    I am deeply sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Never forget the laughs at RBC when he was my neighbor in the basement of Maze Hall, especially when he had his skeleton named Fred. Fred dressed up for every holiday!
    God Bless you Nancy and Family.

  • Comment Link Kimberly Brown Thursday, 23 April 2020 12:32 posted by Kimberly Brown

    With deepest sympathy to the loss of your loved one. I believe Mike wanted to make everyone's day by greeting us with his great smile and a bit of humor. He did exactly that. His presence will be missed at the agency. Wishing the entire family blessings, comfort and courage during this time of sorrow.

  • Comment Link Sandeep Bhalerao Thursday, 23 April 2020 11:48 posted by Sandeep Bhalerao

    Still cannot believe the reality about Mike. Thinking about him just brings out the memories of his smiling face and big welcoming hello. I feel so sorry about your loss, may God bless Mike's soul. I pray God to give you strength and courage to overcome this difficult time. God bless you all.

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