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David Byron Kelley

March 23, 1937December 28, 2019

David Byron Kelley, age 82, “has flown West” and passed peacefully Saturday, December 28, surrounded by family. He was born March 23, 1937, in St. Louis, MO to the late Dr. Gilbert Byron Kelley and Wilma McKee Kelley. He is predeceased by a brother, Kim Kelley. Dave was the eldest of the Kelley Boys and is survived by brothers Terry Kelley (Mary) of Ledgewood, NJ; Tim Kelley (Donna) of Savannah, MO; Pat Kelley (Nancy) of Lee’s Summit, MO; and Kevin Kelley (Karol) of St. Joseph, MO. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan Edmonds Kelley, and children David Byron Kelley, Jr. (Clara) of NYC; Chris Kelley (Sigrid) of Long Island City, NY; Jennifer Pezzimenti (Luke) of Portland, OR; Heather Holbrook (Kenneth Krawcheck) of Holden Beach, NC; and Molly Cherry (Matt) of Raleigh, NC, and grandchildren Henry, Ciara, Arianna, Jeremy, Jackson, Charles, Annabelle and William, as well as numerous friends, cousins, nieces and nephews. Dave never tired of telling stories of the many adventures with his family and friends in his hometown of Savannah, MO. He was a helper and a role model throughout his life. An Eagle Scout, he was a member of the BSA Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and a scout master. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Agriculture from the University of Missouri, Columbia and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He loved sports including golf, surfing, water skiing, and football (he played for MIZZOU). After graduation, he joined the US Air Force, serving as a Captain flying the C-124 Globemaster during the Vietnam War. and was stationed at Hickam AF Base in Honolulu, HI. Immediately following his military service, he was hired by Braniff International in 1967 before joining Piedmont Airlines in 1983. Piedmont became USAirways and he retired as Captain in 1997. In retirement Dave flew the Cessna Citation as a private jet pilot for three more years. Dave and Jan moved from High Point, NC to Lockwood Folly near Holden Beach in 2002. The funeral service will be held at the Holden Beach Chapel on Friday, January 10 at 1:00 PM. Reception immediately following. In Dave’s honor, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/ or to the charity of your choice You may offer online condolences at www.whitefuneralservicesupply.com White Funeral and Cremation Service, Supply/Bolivia Chapel


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Ed Lee

January 19, 2020

Dear Fellow Eagles Terry, Tim, Pat and Kevin,
I wish to express my condolences on David's passing. Eight years separated David and me, and thus we were not close, but I recall his warm, ear-to-ear smile and his work with BSA Troop 60 when I was a Cub Scout in Pack 60.
Thinking of you, Ed Lee

Richard Curtis

January 8, 2020

Dave was one of the best friends anyone could have. What a Great Guy !!!


January 7, 2020

Dear Kelley family,
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.
Dave was indeed a gentle man. The many hours spent with him as a first officer on the F-100 were among my fondest memories. One in particular, while preparing for a flight from Memphis to Charlotte, Dave told me we would be flying June Carter Cash. Johnny had dropped his wife off at the gate, hence we had a chance to talk to the man in black and his lovely wife. Dave always expressed his love and gratitude to his family. His divine light would shine bright. He was indeed full of years. May God keep you Dave. Sincerely,
Clifford Frost, Captain American Airlines

Tom Harris

January 2, 2020

piedmont was fortunate to have Dave as a pilot and employee

Pat and Mike Shaw

January 2, 2020

Mike and I have so many wonderful memories of Dave in our Kensington neighborhood. We still can see him at the "Back to School" dance we had at the Kernersville House, as he danced with the tin man we had stored in the back. He loved making people laugh and was full of life and fun!

We also remember when Jan and Dave came to our neighborhood halloween party as a washer and dryer, with two boxes around their middles. Too cute! Dave was liked by everyone who knew him and was always laughing and enjoying friends and family. He was a truly wonderful man and he will be missed by all who knew him. Good to know he is with Jesus.

David Markham

December 31, 2019

From 1963 - Stead and Tinker -to the present, we've both made more than a few flights. We'll all "fly west" in due time. Bon Voyage good friend!

Mike Samide

December 31, 2019

I will miss my wingman of the last year. Gear up, flaps up my friend. God Bless you!

Bill Newell

December 31, 2019

Sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Read his obituary on The Braniff List website. My family used to live outside of High Point, NC and visited with Dave many times when he lived there.
Like Dave, I flew corporate after my retirement and had an occasion to fly some passengers into an airport on the Carolina coast and there was Dave working at the FBO. We had a nice visit and I was very happy to see him and visit with an old friend. He will be missed by many of his aviation friends.
Bill Newell

Darrell Moorefield

December 31, 2019

Piedmont hired a great group of pilots from Braniff and Dave was certainly one of them . He was fun to fly with ,excellent pilot and personality . I remember he always smiled a lot . My sincere condolences to his family . Soar with the Eagles


December 30, 2019

God bless you Dave!