Robert James "Bob" Kelly

Born: Thu., Sep. 24, 1936
Died: Thu., Mar. 2, 2006

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Robert James “Bob” Kelly, age 69, of White Plains, Georgia, died on Thursday, March 2, 2006 while in Suzhou, China. Son of the late Francis Lloyd Kelly and Irene Carpenter Kelly, Bob was born on September 24, 1936, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Dubuque High School in Iowa, Tulane University and Iowa State University where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked at Union Camp in Savannah for 20 years and in 1978 he became Vice President of Sales for Asten Johnson. He was a successful international businessman who traveled worldwide. He was a loving father and husband, devoted to his grandchildren, and an avid University of Georgia fan. The Kellys moved to Greene County in 1988. After retiring from Asten Johnson, Bob continued as a consultant. He was a member of The Hibernian Society in Savannah, the SAPIS Society, and Liberty United Methodist Church. Bob is survived by his wife, Janet Warren Kelly of White Plains, GA; a daughter, Ann M. Kelly and husband Tim Flake of Tucker, GA; two sons, Robert W. Kelly of Atlanta, GA and Steven Kelly and wife Geri of Alpharetta, GA; two sisters, Cindy Furda and husband David of Brainerd, MN and Linda Hoffmann and husband Kenneth of Mound, MN; five grandchildren, Kaiti Kelly, Jessi Kelly, Jamie Chandler Kelly, Ashley Chandler Kelly and Jack Kelly; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lou Petterson. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Liberty United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Nicholas officiating. Visitors will be received afterward at the family’s home. The family requests that any memorials be made to Liberty United Methodist Church, c/o Ann Smith, 2491 Shiloh Road, Greensboro, GA 30642 or to the charity of your choice. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Harry Deal
   Posted Sun March 05, 2006
I offer my sincere condolences. Bob was a good man and I am so sorry for your loss. Coach Deal

Mike Lindsey, Jacks brother
   Posted Sun March 05, 2006
God Bless Him

Joe Hanson
   Posted Sun March 05, 2006
We share your sadness in Bob's passing. Many of the Herbs here on Tybee and in Savannah have spoken highly of Bob and his football playing sons. My own spouse Joann was named Herb prior to our marriage and remembers Bob from one of the Dubuque High School reunions she attended with me. She remembered Bob as a "handsome man with a beautiful wife" May he rest in peace.

Randy and Debbie Boatright
   Posted Sun March 05, 2006
We are deeply saddened by your loss. We have many memories which will be forever cherished. Our thoughts are with your family during this time of sadness.

Thad Rearodon
   Posted Sun March 05, 2006
Mrs Kelly,Bob, Steve and Ann I am thinking about you. he was was your husband and father but he was my buddy. Thad

Alvin and Faye Humphrey
   Posted Mon March 06, 2006
Jan, Faye and I are saddened by the family loss. We have great memories from the past that will be forever treasured. You and the children are in our prayers. Alvin and Faye Humphrey

Ken Powers
   Posted Mon March 06, 2006
To the entire Kelly family my deepest sympathies on the loss of a great father, husband and role model. I have many great memories of living next door to ya'll at Bells Landing in the early 80's. Bob was always the perfect host, whether it was boating, inviting me over for supper or taking me to the Georgia games, he always treated everyone to a good time! St.Patrick's Day in Chippewa Square will not be the same without Bob's smiling face and firm handshake! Sincerely, Ken Powers

   Posted Tue March 07, 2006
To the Kelly Family, Our condolences go out to you during this dificult time. RJ left his fingerprints all over our family with his friendship, generosity, and kindness. A life well lived. Todd, Art, Brooke, and Nicholas Barlow

   Posted Tue March 07, 2006
Arthur and I were so sorry to hear about Bob's death. We have fond memories of our time spent with the family especially our trip to a U of GA football game to see Steve and Bob play football, so you can count the years. We will keep you all, Jan, Ann, Steve and Bob in our prayers. May God's presence be with you and give you comfort and peace.

Kay & Steve Bonn
   Posted Wed March 08, 2006
Our condolenses to Jan and the Bob Kelly Family.

Kevin and Virginia Broderick
   Posted Thu March 09, 2006
Dear Mrs. Kelly, Bob, Steve, and Ann, we are deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

Robert F. Bradt, Jr.
   Posted Fri March 10, 2006
I am very sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. I have so many memories of us while playing with the Bartlett Midgets and playing football at your home in Savannah. Your Dad was a very fine man and I followed you, Bob Kelly and your brother Steve, at the University of Georgia when you played there. I will always remember the times seeing your Dad at the BC football game where both you and your brother played. Again, I am very sorry of your Dad's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish the best for you and your family.