Carmen F. Kelley

January 28, 1945October 14, 2018

Carmen F. Kelley, 73, of Lumberton (Magnolia Community), passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Asbury Hospice, Hattiesburg.

Mrs. Kelley was born January 28, 1945 in Germany and emigrated to the United States at age 13 with her mother and brother. She was the former owner of Lake Tocoleen Restaurant and was involved in the restaurant business throughout her life. She enjoyed raising animals, especially her border collies, peacocks, and orphaned calves.

She is preceded in death by her mother, and one son, Jay Edward Kelley.

Family members include her husband of 54 years, John J. Kelley, Jr.; one son, John J. (Terrie) Kelley, III; one brother, Lotha Fiedler; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; extended family, friends, and neighbors.

A visitation for Mrs. Kelley will be on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at White Funeral Home, 315 Highway 11 South, Poplarville from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

White Funeral Home, (601) 795-4982


  • John J. Kelley, Husband
  • John J. (Terrie) Kelley, III, Son
  • Jay Edward Kelley, Son
  • Lotha Fiedler, Brother
  • Three Grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and extended family, friends, and


  • Visitation Saturday, October 20, 2018

Carmen F. Kelley

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Kathy Godail

October 19, 2018

I have so many fond memories of Carmen. I had the privilege of working with her for a while. It was usually just the 2 of us and we became good friends. I last visited her about a year ago, and, as usual, she rolled out the red carpet When I last spoke with her, she did not say a word regarding her health. How I wish she would have. I also took one of her border collies. How we loved that dog. He enriched our lives, just like Carmen did. Always the epitome of femininity, and a great chef, she taught me so much. I loved her dearly.

Barbara (Welch) Richoux

October 18, 2018

Carmen was such a special person, best friend, family member, good person, to me for so many years. I became friends with Carmen since she first started Jr. High, right after moving here from Germany. We became the best of friends. I was her maid of honor when she married Jack and she was my matron of honor when I got married. She was like a sister. She even called my mama, Ma. We each lived our own lives after we married but still talked to each other, when we could. No matter how much time passed between seeing each other we seemed to pick up right where we left off. When Carmen and Jack moved into their new home several years ago, my sister, Cheryl, and my husband Carrol and I went to celebrate with them. It was such a happy beautiful occasion. I could see the "country life" was what she wanted all along. She love Jack, and the farm and all her animals. She was happy. We saw each other only a couple of times after. The last time I saw my beautiful friend was at my 50th anniversary party. I was so happy she came. We spoke a few times after that on the phone, but she did not ever tell me she was sick. I wish I had known, I could have been able to give her my support and friendship and love. I hope she is looking down on us and know how much I loved her and am very sad she has left us without her.

Cheryl Welch Giraldi

October 17, 2018

So sorry to hear this heartbreaking news.
Carmen was not only a family friend she Was Family! I have some good memories from all those years! I will always love and miss her. May she Rest In Peace. My prayers for you Jack.