Stephen Lee Kelley

August 3, 1959May 29, 2018

COLUMBIA – Stephen Lee Kelley was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, after a brief illness. Memorial Services for Mr. Kelley will be held in Boyce Chapel at First Baptist Church of Columbia, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dennis Banks and Rev. Richard Humphries officiating. A private family burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park prior to the memorial service. The family will receive friends at a visitation and reception in Ellis Hall after the service. Mr. Kelley was born August 3, 1959 to the late Talley F. and Dorothy C. Kelley. Mr. Kelley is survived by his loving sister, Karen Kelley Hall (Jerry W. Hall Jr.); niece, Christina Rollison Hall; nephew, Jerry W. Hall, III (Lisa Cecere Hall); great-nieces, Ellie and Kadie Hall; as well as a dear aunt and uncle, T. Roland and Mildred C. Lide. He is also survived by numerous cousins. Mr. Kelley attended Columbia area schools and was a graduate of Dreher High School in 1978. He attended North Texas University on a percussion scholarship, where he studied music. Mr. Kelley was employed by Britton’s Clothing store until his illness. A music man and drummer, Mr. Kelley enjoyed playing with his father at numerous weddings and events. He will be remembered for his ability to find a musical beat, as well as his great taste in clothing and witty sense of humor. He never met a stranger. A longtime member of First Baptist Church, Columbia, Mr. Kelley served in the Special Education Ministry. The family would like to thank Dr. Fred Smith, Dr. Rodney Rhinehart, Dr. Mac Leppard, as well as their staff for their compassionate care. They would also like to thank his caregivers, Mrs. Pat Warren and Mrs. Kim Sussewell, for all the Christian love, care and friendship that they showed Steve. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Special Education Ministry or to a charity of one’s choice. Memories may be shared at


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Dorothy Stokes

June 8, 2018

It’s not easy to know what to say to one who has lost someone near and dear to them, but I sincerely hope that you and your family will take comfort in knowing that the last enemy death will soon be done away with. The inspired words of our loving Heavenly Father tells us that …”He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Rev. 21:4)

Mary Gail Monts Chamblee

June 2, 2018

Steve was a wonderful guy. I remember his antics in the Dreher Band so well! Always had a smile and a mischievous plan to go with it. I am so sorry for the loss.
Mary Gail

Bob Edens

June 2, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about Stephen's passing. Just wanted you to know I was thinking about y'all at this difficult time