James Howard Kelley

April 27, 1961 ~ December 27, 2020 (age 59)


James Howard Kelley, Taylorsville, NC

     James Howard Kelley, 59 of Taylorsville, NC passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

     James was born April 27, 1961 in Uniontown, Pa., the son of Gerald Bruce Kelley and Elva Hardin Kelley of Smithfield, Pennsylvania.

     He was a U.S. Army veteran and was of the Christian faith.  He was a carpenter, where he did commercial construction, residential construction, and was a very good finishing carpenter. He was a lover of the outdoors, avid hunter, true outsdoorman; devoted father and grandfather.

     He was preceded in death by his son, Jared Bruce Kelley.

     In addition to his parents, those left to cherish and honor his memory include his daughter, Cassandra Kelley Ramon (Oscar) of Taylorsville, NC; grandchildren, Natalie, Sofia, Eva, Alexander and Dylan; his sister, Susan Wilson of West Virginia, fiancee’, Carole Beuning of Taylorsville; and mother of his children, Kristine Kennington of Hiddenite.

     A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the Adams Funeral Home with burial following in Hiddenite Cemetery with Military Rites being accorded. Condolences may be sent to: or


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