Elmer Kelly

December 4, 1933January 23, 2018

Elmer C. Kelly of Castle Hayne fought a courageous battle and departed from our lives on January 23, 2018. He was preceded in death by his mother Thelma Simpson, father Wilbur Kelly, sister Margaret Lamm, and brothers Leon Wilson and Kenneth Kelly. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Kelly, daughters; Katherine Kelly and Kristina Pugh (Rusty), grandchildren; Ellen Albea, Jesse Pugh, Claire Pugh, great grandchildren Aleah Albea and Joshua Varnam.

He was born in Bladen County, NC on December 4, 1933. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School and proudly played football on a winning team there. He also attended East Carolina University.

Elmer received an honorable discharge from the United States Army with a rank of Corporal. In 1995 he retired from General Electric after 27 years of dedicated service. After retirement he became very involved in his church, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. He was a 3rd degree Knight and Community Director in the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Roland Gross Council 11817, in Castle Hayne, NC. He was also very active with the Helping Hands Program at St. Stanislaus, with Louis Stanley and George Lapinsky.

Mr. Kelly will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was always the rock of stability for his family and friends. He was a genuine southern gentleman of integrity, dependability, and responsibility. “Kelly’s” family appreciates the care and concern shown, especially by Craig Webb, PA, and Doris Malpass, RN, of Wilmington Health Associates. Thanks to Carmen Matthews, RN, of Home Health Care, the members of St. Stanislaus Church, and the support of those persons involved in the recovering community in our area.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12PM on Friday, January 26, 2018 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Castle Hayne, North Carolina.

Condolences may be left for the family at


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, January 26, 2018


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January 31, 2018

You are in our Prayers and Thoughts Mary.
Peace Pollyanna & Miss Castle Hayne Members

Danielle DeVoy

January 29, 2018

Praying for you Auntie Mary. Miss you

David Leon and Dana Caison Jr

January 26, 2018

Your family is in our Thoughts in prayers .Enjoyed working Beside your Father with Helping Hands .He was a caring man .who could always make a person smile. He always listened too anyone who needed A Friend. God bless his family today and always. Rest in Peace

Jamie Hitchin

January 26, 2018

Lots of love and condolences aunt mary.

Alice Young

January 25, 2018

Kelly will be greatly missed. He was always so kind to us when we were kids. Taking us on trips to North Carolina with him and Mary. Couldn't ask for a better brother-in-law. He was such a gentle man .Prayers go out to Mary and the girls.

Deacon Jeff & Beverly Jolly

January 25, 2018

God bless Mary Kelly and her family during this time of loss. A beautiful example of a beautiful marriage! We will miss Elmer's blessed presence in our lives. Prayers continue.

Jackie Conafay

January 25, 2018

Mary, my sincere condolences to you and your wonderful family.
Jackie Conafay

The Scharf Family

January 24, 2018

We'll always remember the warm welcome Elmer and Mary gave us when we joined St. Stanislaus many years ago. We were drawn to them right away and, see them as role models in many regards. From their Godliness, being living examples of faith, and mostly, modeling the Works of Mercy every day, Elmer and Mary live the Gospel. Elmer celebrated with us as we welcomed our babies into the family and always had a funny and fun-loving way of encouraging Fred in fatherhood. We are blessed to have known Elmer and better for having known him. We continue to pray for our friend Mary and all of your family
With love and prayers,
Dr. Fred Scharf, Elizabeth Mayott-Scharf, and children Lincoln, Caroline, and Benjamin Scharf