Matthew Leo “Matt” Kelley of Red Level passed away May 4, 2022, at his sister’s residence. He was 53.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2022, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at Keahey Funeral Home one hour prior to services. Rev. Larry Turman will officiate, and special music will be provided by the Michael Bush Family. Interment will follow at South Church of God cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Carl Giddens, Kyle Whitsom, Darwin Young, Keith Kelley and R.J. Keahey. Honorary pallbearer will be Leon King.
Left to cherish his memory, his beloved mother, Diane Stallings of Red Level; son, Arizona Kelley; sisters, Channel Giddens (Carl) of Andalusia; Jeanette Huckaba (Mike) of McKenzie; brother, Keith Kelley (Claudia); uncles, Leon King (Mary) of Red Level and Wayne King (Margaret) of Andalusia; nieces and nephews, Genesis Celeste Kelley, Jordan Keith Kelley, Roman Larry Kelley, Isabella Denise Kelley, Clifton Cobb, Delana Nora Kelley, Elizabeth Dunbar (Chris Dunbar) and Carl D. Giddens, III; great nephews, Kaylan Purdue and Jack Dunbar.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Larry Kelley; stepfather, Cleaottis Stallings and a daughter, Savannah Kelley.
Born in Niagara Falls, New York, he grew up in Covington County and was a 1987 graduate of Andalusia High School and completed the Associates program at McArthur College. He was masterful in woodworking and became a skilled self-taught tile installer. Early in his career, he owned his own cabinetry shop for a few years and remained in the general construction business around Coving ton County most of the time with his stepfather, Cleaottis Stallings. Reluctantly, Matthew had to take an early retirement due to health challenges. Even after faced with medical concerns, he enjoyed spending many hours with his uncle, Leon King doing smaller construction projects.
Matthew had a beautiful singing voice and was a talented guitarist. He also loved motorcycles and equipped with his carpentry skills he could disassemble a motorcycle and completely rebuilt one. He had a natural “green thumb”, was a skilled tattoo artist and had an impressive collection of body art himself and he loved animals. Matthew’s life will be remembered as a kind and good person, he loved to joke around, and always believed anything a person said. He will be greatly missed.
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