Leo Curtis Kelly Jr.

September 2, 1935August 28, 2019

Leo Curtis Kelly, Jr., 83, died peacefully in hospice care on August 28, 2019. Mr. Kelly was born on September 2, 1935 in Lillington, NC to Leo and Mahala Kelly, Sr. He attended Lillington High School and graduated in 1953. Mr. Kelly attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied Pharmacy. In August 1958, he served in the United States Army for two years and was stationed overseas in Nuernberg, Germany at the medical hospital as a SP4. After serving in the Army, Mr. Kelly attended Campbell University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. Mr. Kelly taught high school chemistry and history at Garner High School in NC for three years. Afterwards, Mr. Kelly worked at Aetna Insurance in Charlotte, NC where he met his wife Sherry.

He married Sherry Clouse in Charlotte, NC in 1967. Mr. Kelly worked in Claims and Underwriting for many years. In Tampa, he worked at Brown and Brown Insurance Company and retired in 2008.

Mr. Kelly was active in the Knights of Columbus for over 20 years. He enjoyed singing tenor in the choir and an active member at Christ the King Catholic Church. He was a member of the Krewe of Hillsborough. Mr. Kelly was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre (OESSH) and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sherry Clouse Kelly; sister, Emily Kelly Bost; son, Leo “Trey” Kelly III; and his daughter, Mahala “Haley” Anne Kelly.

A visitation will be held at Christ the King Church on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1pm with Father Curtis presiding over the funeral mass at 2pm. Mr. Kelly will be laid to rest at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, September 6, 2019


Leo Curtis Kelly Jr.

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Connie Dillard

August 31, 2019

Your beloved Leo/ dad is now singing with the choirs of angels in Heaven and no longer in pain. May you find comfort and peace knowing he is whole again. Know that family and friends are holding you in prayer during this most difficult time.

Wth heartfelt sympathy,
Connie and Dwain