Kelly, Jesse L. Brother Jesse L. Kelly, born March 14, 1936, and known to close family and friends as "Sonny," passed at his home in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, after a lengthy illness. Kelly was a U.S. military veteran and was originally from Clinton. Mr. Kelly was known in the city of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas as a skilled cement finisher and independent subcontractor. He laid the foundations for many hospitals, churches and other buildings in Baton Rouge and abroad. Arrangements for Mr. Kelly are entrusted to Richardson's Funeral Home, 11816 Jackson St., Clinton, where viewing and visiting time with the family took place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The homegoing service will take place at Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church of Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 18, promptly at 10 a.m. with a viewing prior from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Brother Kelly leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Linda Kelly. He also leaves eight children whom he loved dearly: five sons and three daughters, Lionel Kelly of Baton Rouge, Erren Kelly of New York, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin and wife Camelia Kelly of El Paso, Texas, Roderick Kelly of Baton Rouge, Graelyn and wife Kenyatta Kelly of Katy, Texas, Lisa and husband Darryl Armont of LaPlace, Mydra L. Kelly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a treasured stepdaughter, Tamiko Ayio. He is also survived by two sisters, minister Samuella Hopkins of Newport News, Va., and Charity and husband Jesse Robins of Clinton; stepbrother, the Rev. Ira and wife Dorothy Moses of New Orleans; an aunt, Dorothy Adams of Baton Rouge; mother-in-law, Mrs. Ike Banks of Baton Rouge; and five sisters-in-law; 11 beloved grandchildren; three godchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Brother Kelly will be welcomed into heaven by those loved ones preceding him in death: his parents, Samuel and Martha Kelly; two brothers, M.J. and Ferdinand Kelly; and two sisters, Barbara Stephens and Lydia Kelly.
Published in The Advocate from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2006.