Sam “Cowboy” Kelly, age 76, of Cumberland, Kentucky, was called to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, while surrounded by his loving family.
He was born unto the union of the late John R. and Goldie Mae Smith on January 31, 1945.
He was a retired coal miner for U.S. Steel. Sam believed in the Pentecostal faith and was a devoted member of the Tri-City Pentecostal Church.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, ginseng hunting, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and loved riding his four-wheeler, in fact, one of his last requests was to go for one more ride on his ATV. Following the funeral, Sam will be transported from the church via ATV to his final resting place.
He has gone on to join his loving wife of forty-eight years, Mary Ellen Shields Kelly, who passed in 2011, his son, Bobby Darrel Kelly, daughter, Jazymine Whitehead, grandson, John L. Kelly, brothers, David, Roger and Johnny Kelly, Bo, Letch and Richard Riddle, sisters, Jewell Kelly, and Vera Riddle.
Loved ones left to cherish his memory are sons, Sammy (Robin) Kelly of Partridge, KY, Lee Roy (Sarah) Kelly of Cumberland, KY, daughters, Kathy (Rick) Fields of Cumberland, KY, Goldie (Trey) Kelly of Rutledge, Tennessee, Donna Kay (Billy) Kelly of Closplint, KY, Barbie Clark of Cumberland, KY, Jennifer (Jesse) Davis of Lynch, KY, brother, Clyde Colson (Tasha) Kelly of Atlanta, GA, sisters, Loretta Thompson of Evarts, KY, Dorothy Seagraves of Totz, KY, Shirley North of Hanna, Indiana, Janice (Butch) Arndt of Valparaiso, Indiana, Norma Jean Kelly of Lexington, KY, Vada Hendrix of Hazard, KY, twenty grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren also survive.
Visitation will be Friday, December 3, 2021, beginning at 12 noon at the Tri-City Pentecostal Church.
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 4, 2021, at the church beginning at 2 p.m. with Brother Billy Lewis officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sandhill Cemetery in Cumberland, KY.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Cumberland Valley Funeral Home is Honored to Serve the Kelly Family.
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