Joseph Franklin “Lynn” Kelly, 58, of Willard passed from his earthly life on Monday evening, November 5, 2018 at his home.
He was born May 17, 1960 in Pender County, the son of the late Beatrice Rivenbark Spender. Also lovingly remembered are Lynn’s grandparents who raised him, Joe and Alice Rivenbark, who preceded Lynn in death.
Lynn is survived by his beloved family, wife of 38 years, Melanie Miller Kelley; daughter, Heather Kelley (Owen Rivenbark); sisters, Tina Mikitis and Edna Earl Wade; brother, Michael Mikitis; several nieces, nephews and extended family, all who loved Lynn.
He excelled in his career of automotive body repair as he was gifted to be able to fix most anything. He loved fixing damaged cars, making them look all new and gleaming. In his younger years Lynn proudly served several years in the US Army.
Lynn was a joy to meet and know as he never met a stranger, had a great sense of humor, and a heartwarming laugh. Enjoying God’s great outdoors, Lynn was a deer hunter and loved nothing better than seeing a big buck in the woods. Special to Lynn was his constant canine companion, Sugar. Most important and love of his life was Lynn’s dear family. In addition to all of his achievements Lynn enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Lynn’s passing from this earth will leave an empty place in our home and in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.
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Dear Family, Pease accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your precious loved one. I pray you will all find comfort and strength in Jesus’ promise of life (Acts 24:15) in a renewed Paradise, where “death will be no more” (Rev 21:3,4; John 5:28,29; Luke 23:43). May Jehovah GOD (Ps 83:18) grant you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow (Matthew 5:4).
Submitted by SMouton on Nov 9 2018 03:24:29 PM
So sorry to hear the passing of Lynn Kelly. He grew up next to us was always such a nice young man. May God's blessings be with the family during this time of bereavement.
Submitted by Bob and Sarah Bonham on Nov 9 2018 12:31:27 PM
Melanie and Heather I'm so sorry for your loss sending y'all lots of cousin love
Submitted by April LaVere on Nov 8 2018 09:25:24 AM
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Brandon Ryan lit a candle on Nov 8 2018 01:01:33 AM
My brother, my friend
Submitted by Tina Mikitis on Nov 7 2018 07:00:40 PM
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Katherine Henderson lit a candle on Nov 7 2018 06:22:28 PM
Melanie, I was so sorry to learn of your husband's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Submitted by Deborah A Lancaster on Nov 7 2018 05:55:06 PM
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Deborah A. Lancaster lit a candle on Nov 7 2018 05:54:45 PM
Deepest condolences to Mae, Heather and Owen.
We know how much you loved and respected this man, and we cry for your loss.
Our arms are open for you in this tragedy and always.
May the blessings of the universe help you through this very difficult time.
Submitted by Mr and Mrs Pizighelli on Nov 7 2018 05:51:44 PM
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