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Anthony Ray Kelly

June 11, 55, Mount Olive

Anthony Ray Kelly, 55, Mount Olive businessman, tragically lost his life Monday afternoon, June 11, 2018, in a vehicle accident.

His life of service to his community and fellowman will be remembered on Thursday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Mount Olive Rescue Building, 700 Northwest Center Street, Mount Olive. The Rev. Ronnie Wise will officiate. A reception with the family will immediately follow. Knowing of Anthony’s dislike for anything formal, it is requested that those attending to dress informal, preferably casual with bright colors, even Hawaiian-style shirts would be pleasing. The Kelly family also welcomes friends to the home of Bobby Kelly in the Crest Drive subdivision of Mount Olive. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to NC Association of Rescue EMS Relief Fund, PO Box 1914, Goldsboro NC 27533, or NC Fallen Firefighters Foundation, PO Box 68, Bahama, NC 27503.

Anthony’s life was one of service and commitment to his community. His association with rescue service began with Faison Rescue after having observed his parents’ involvement. He then joined Mount Olive Rescue Squad, and for a time, was a volunteer with both squads. He had served on the search and rescue team and on meets with state rescue competitions. At the time of his passing, he was still an active member of the Faison squad, completing over 30 years of loyal service.

He was owner /operator of Kelly’s Wrecker Service, and was involved in the ventures of Kelly’s Little Mint, Inc. begun by his parents.

Anthony is survived by his wife, Casey Tillman Kelly; a son, Tyler Kelly and wife, Melissa, of Seven Springs; two daughters, Emily Kelly of Surf City, and Rhylea Kelly of the home; his father, Bobby Ray Kelly of Mount Olive; two sisters, Phyllis K. Tucker and husband, Billy, and Wendy K. Stroud and husband, Harvey, all of Mount Olive; and several nieces and nephews.

His mother, Shirley Patterson Kelly, passed away in 2015.

Arrangements are in the care of Tyndall Funeral Home.

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