Longtime rescue member Kelly, 55, killed in wreck

By William Holloman

Staff Writer

A Mount Olive man killed in an automobile accident in Lenoir County a week ago carried on a family tradition in the volunteer rescue arena.

Anthony Kelly, 55, owner/operator of Kelly’s Wrecker Service, spent the majority of his life in rescue service in both Mount Olive and Faison. He was still active in Faison at the time of his death.

Kelly’s years of service and dedication in helping others were remembered during a memorial service held last Thursday. The afternoon service, held at the Mount Olive Rescue Building, saw a large turnout.

“I have known the Kelly family for many years, and all of them have been good citizens to the Town of Mount Olive,” said Mayor Joe Scott.

He said Kelly grew up in a family that was willing to help anyone in need. “I watched Anthony as a young man follow in his father’s footsteps. His kindness was far reaching and the big turnout at the memorial service showed that,” the Mayor said. He said Kelly will be missed.

Friends remember him as a man who dedicated his life to his community.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Casey Tillman Kelly; a son, Tyler and wife, Melissa of Seven Springs; two daughters, Emily Kelly of Surf City and Rhylea Kelly of the home; his father, Bobby Ray Kelly of Mount Olive; and two sisters, Phyllis K. Tucker and husband, Billy, and Wendy K. Stroud and husband, Harvey, all of Mount Olive. He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Patterson Kelly, who passed away in 2015.

Kelly’s services were conducted by Tyndall Funeral Home of Mount Olive.

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