Joseph Aaron Kelley, 80, went home to be with Jesus on February 3, 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Grace Kelley of 54 plus years; three children, Kathi Renee Walker (Scott) of Bolingbroke, Traci Dawn Gonzales (Larry) of San Antonio, and Bethani Grace Berlanga (David) of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Brian Walker, Brendan Walker (Rachel), Kyle Gonzales (Alisha), Joey Gonzales (Kisa), and Skylar Gonzales, and two great-grandchildren, Sofia Gonzales and Jase Gonzales; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother, James Kelley, Jones County. His caregiver, Jamie Robillard, was also very valuable with his assistance and care for Joe for the past year and a half, and we do appreciate him very much.
Joe's parents, William Lazarus Kelley and Sara Boone Kelley; three brothers, Paul, Henry, John, and son, Joseph Aaron Kelley, Jr., preceded him in death.
Joe was a United Methodist minister and served churches in the Macon, Americus, Statesboro, Thomasville, and Valdosta districts of the South Georgia Conference, and participated in a ministerial exchange with a minister in Jersey, Channel Islands, Great Britain. He also served for a time as a Chaplain for Reidsville prison. The South Georgia Conference honored Joe and churches at three different times with the Church of the Year Award. He was a veteran with the Army National Guard, and was the host for a public television station called "Macon Now" for a few years. Joe received degrees from colleges at Andrew, Ga. Southern, Ga. Southwestern, Ga. Tech, and Emory Divinty School in Atlanta.
Joe's body was dedicated to Med Cure for medical research. He had been an invalid for a number of years without a definitive diagnosis and the family hopes research might help others with similar symptoms.
A service honoring his life was held at Liberty United Methodist Church at 6511 Houston Road, Saturday February 7, at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a rescue group for animals of your choice or the Building Fund of Liberty United Methodist Church, 6511 Houston Rd 31216.
Family can be contacted at the home or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.