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John C. Kelley

John C. Kelley, age 77, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Christian Care Center of Unicoi County. A native of Lebanon, VA, John is a son of the late John L. and Violet (Elam) Kelley. He was an employee of CSX Transportation for more than 41 years, where he was a Brakeman and Conductor. John was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church.  John enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and cooking.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother-in-law, Greg Swinehart.

John C. Kelley has left behind to cherish his memory: his wife of 47 years, Wanda Sue (Poore) Kelley; daughter, Missy Whitehead and husband, Benji; brother, Frank A. Kelley; sister, Susie K. Swinehart; nieces: Sharon Miles and Karen Key.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the nurses and staff of Amedisys Hospice and Christian Care Center of Unicoi County.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of John C. Kelley in a committal service to be held at 3:00 pm Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Evergreen Cemetery.  Ed Manful will officiate.  Those attending the committal service should meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 2:50 pm on Thursday for the service.  Serving as active pallbearers will be the members of John’s Sunday School class at Ninth Street Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Ninth Street Baptist Church, 310 9th Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at: or on Facebook at . These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of John C. Kelley through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.