Charles L. Kelly, 91, went home to be with the Lord, October 11, 2020. He was born August 26, 1929 in Seminary, Mississippi to James Marshall Kelly and Willie Mae Leggett Kelly. He was preceded in death by his brother James Ellis Kelly of Hattiesburg, MS.
Charles was a person of many interests and talents. He moved to Florida in 1956 as Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Gainesville, and to Ocala as pastor of Wyomina Park Baptist Church (1960-1963). Charles was an educator and rancher and was owner of Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, and his two pit bull dogs, Buddi and Hoss. His interests were sports, especially football, and church music.
Charles graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Southern Mississippi and had two masters degrees – one from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and an M.ED. from Florida Atlantic University.
Charles is survived by his wife of 64 years Dr. Evelyn B. Kelly; 3 daughters- Sharlene Chatham (Kenneth) of Jacksonville, Natalie Kelly, and Marsha Oxamendi (Miguel) of Tallahassee. His son is former state representative Kurt D. Kelly (Sally) of Ocala. Four grandchildren: Aaron Chatham (Stephanie), Nocatee Kala Shankle (Ben), Washington DC, Kyle Chatham (Miranda), Orange Park, and Keenan B. Kelly, Ocala. He had 4 great-grandchildren: Charley, Zane, Chandler, and Presley of Jacksonville.
The family will greet friends at Hiers-Baxley in Ocala, followed by a family graveside service at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Service date and times are pending.