Ms. Kelli Lyn Bland

Born June 26, 1973

Kelli Lyn Bland, 37, of Hixson passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 6, 2011. She was born on June 26, 1973 in Valdosta, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Joseph A. Mauldin, her paternal grandfather, Durward L. Bland, and her cousin, Joey Pruitt. She graduated from Valdosta High School with Honors. She was a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering where she was a member of Alpha Chi Sorority. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to moving to Chattanooga, she lived in Atlanta where she was employed as a sales engineer. She was previously employed by U.S. Xpress. Kelli is survived by her parents, Serie and Richard Bland of Signal Mountain; her maternal grandmother, Avaline Mauldin of Hueytown, Alabama; her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Bland of Valdosta, Georgia; her aunt, Shyrie (Beatty) Holladay of Hueytown, Alabama; her uncles: James L. (Gail) Bland of Kennesaw, Georgia; W. Michael (Brenda) Bland of Valdosta, Georgia; cousins, Jeff (Pam) Pruitt; Sarah Pruitt, Benji Pruitt, Angie (Nick) Brown, Breanna Brown of Hueytown, Alabama, Tim Hall of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Brittany Pruitt of Pinson, Alabama, Jason Bland of Paris, France; Catherine (Matt) Elrod of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Jay Bland and Jeff Bland of Kennesaw, Georgia and Jennifer (Nate) Salvemini of Navarre, Florida; and her sweet and devoted puppy, Zac. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will follow with the Rev. Jeff Lambert officiating. Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Red Bank Pet Placement Center, 5975 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, TN 37415, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association, 99 Cherry Street, P.O. Box 502, Milford, CT 06460, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel. Share your thoughts and memories on line at


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Linda Freeman Romer

December 2, 2011

I just learned of Kelli's passing. I'm so shocked and saddened. Kelli was my college roommate. We had lost touch and I had tried to contact her over the years but never heard back. To her parents, I'm so sad for your struggles and loss.

Christy Sheppard-Johnson

May 17, 2011

I am so sorry to hear about Kelli's passing. She was always so sweet and kind. May your family somehow find strength and peace during this difficult time. God Bless You All!

Sue Sheldon

May 17, 2011

Kellie was a beautiful and intelligent young woman who will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Her lovely smile, strength, and positive attitude were inspiritational to us all. May God be with her parents at this time of traqgedy and loss. Many of us are grieving with you.

Laura Dorsey

May 12, 2011

I'm very sorry for your loss. I first met Kelli at Governor's Honors program. Later, I became a sorority sister at GT. She was a beautiful and talented person.

May 11, 2011

Seri, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

Loretta Brown

Martha Duffy Gardner

May 11, 2011

I was saddened to hear the news of Kelli's passing. I have many great memories of her from Georgia Tech. I am thankful I had the chance to know her. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

Martha Gregory

May 11, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with your family! I worked at Jenny Craig and Kelli was always so sweet and positive!

May 10, 2011

Richard & Serie,

The Allen family has many fond memories of Kelli even after the intervening years. We will remember in our thoughts and prayers.

Don, Mary, and John Allen

Valdosta, GA

Jerry Lindsey

May 10, 2011

Richard and Serie,

My prayers are with your family in this time of great loss. Please know the heavens are rejoicing at the home going of one of its saints! I will continue to pray for God's comforting and strength for your family.

Jerry Lindsey

Kim & Kelly Griffin

May 10, 2011

Kim and I are remembering you and your family in our prayers. May the God of all peace comfort you during this difficult time and in the days to come. God has promised He will always be with us. Know at this time, He will be carrying you through each and every moment-Lean on Him day by day.