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Mary Violet Kelley

Mary Violet Kelley, age 92, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018, at the Center on Aging and Health. A native of Dante, VA, Violet is a daughter of the late Archibald and Mary (Biggs) Elam. She was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking and gardening. In addition to her parents, Violet is preceded in death by her husband: John Kelley; brothers: JW Elam, Dan Elam, Ted Elam, Lee Elam and Joe Elam; sisters: T. Lane and Shirley Necessary.

Mary Violet Kelley leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sons: John C. Kelley and wife, Sue, of Erwin,

Frank Kelley, of Erwin;

Daughter: Susie Swinehart and husband, Greg, of Erwin;

Sister: Kaye Harr and husband, Sam, of Blountville;

Granddaughters: Missy Whitehead and husband, Benji, of Elizabethton,

Sharon Miles, of Charlotte, NC,

Karen Key and husband, Andy, of Seymore, TN;

Great-grandchildren: Andra Miles, Violet Key.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Mary Violet Kelley in a committal service to be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Ed Manfull will officiate. Those attending will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 10:50 AM for the service.

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 Mary Violet Kelley through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.