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Charles R. Kelley, 85

OCT. 16, 1926-MAY 10, 2012

May 11, 2012
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Charles Ray Kelley, 85, of Clear Spring, Md., passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Twin Oaks Assisted Living in Williamsport, Md., after a brief stay.

Born Oct. 16, 1926, in Big Spring, Md., he was the son of the late Charles William Kelley and Laura Royalston Shank Kelley.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Carolee L. Mellott Kelley, in November of 2011.

Ray was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ of Clear Spring, where he served on numerous committees. He was a charter member of the Wilson Ruritan Club, Mack Golden Bulldogs, Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 and the Joseph C. Herbert American Legion Post 222 of Clear Spring.

He was a a 1944 graduate of Clear Spring High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the 99th Field Artillery with the First Cavalry Division as a radio operator. After his return from the service, he was employed by Fairchild Aircraft. In 1962, he began working at Mack Trucks of Hagerstown in the purchasing department. During 1965, Ray was transferred to world headquarters in Allentown, Pa., where he purchased millions of dollars worth of truck components for final assembly, before retiring in 1988.

Following retirement, he served for 10 years as a volunteer commissioner of the Housing Authority of Washington County, helping to establish affordable living for various communities.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn J. Powell and husband, Benjamin, of Macungie, Pa., and Joyce Whittington, wife of the late Roy Whittington, of Hagerstown; first wife, Anna Jane Draper Kelley of Macungie; one brother, Bill Kelley and wife, Mary Alice, of Clear Spring; four grandchildren, Scott and Jason Whittington, and Sean Powell and Carrie Pearson; six great-grandchildren, Joshua, Kendall, Allison, Madalynn, Faith and Hope; one niece, and one nephew.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, 211 E. Cumberland St., Clear Spring. The Revs. Charles Mackley and Terry Foor will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Clear Spring, with military honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John United Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 157, Clear Spring MD 21722.

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