top of page



Kelley, Sr.


June 26, 2024

Ralph Garnett Kelley Sr., age 83, of Covington, passed away due to an unfortunate accident on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

Mr. Kelley was born on March 14, 1941 in Williamson, WV.  He was the son of the late Edward and Velvie Wright Kelley; other than his parents he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Carlos Elwood Kelley.

Mr. Kelley attended Covington High School and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, he served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962, he retired from Westvaco with forty-one years of service, and served as a volunteer at WECCU (Jackson River Credit Union) for thirty-two years. Ralph was also a member of the Callaghan Ruritan Club and he enjoyed volunteering at local churches as a Sunday school teacher and a song leader.

Ralph enjoyed attending auction sales, flea markets, buying, selling and scrapping; he was a Christian man of many talents and was loved dearly by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years Una Hubbard Kelley, three children Ralph Kelley, Jr. (Betsey), Angela Shinault (Dale) and Chris Kelley (Beth); six grandchildren Brandon (Heather), Zachary (Jill), Tyler (Bethany), Kursten, Bryce (Josey), Baylie; five great grandchildren, Liza, Nora, Parker, Davis, and Waylon; also surviving are two sisters, Loretta Reed and Janet Campbell; two brothers Edward Kelley and Lloyd Kelley; a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Monday, July 1, 2024 at 2:00PM in the chapel of Arritt Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Brown officiating, assisted by Rev. Curtis Stump.

The interment will be made in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Kelley’s name can be made to, Cornerstone Church, 1262 S. Lexington Ave, Covington Va. 24426, C/O Janice Webb.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Arritt Funeral Home.

Friends wishing to send online condolences may do so by visiting

View Livestream


Arritt Funeral Home Chapel

July 1, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM

1102 South Lexington Avenue, Covington, VA, USA


Arritt Funeral Home

July 1, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM

1102 South Highland Avenue, Covington, VA, USA

Final Resting Place: 

Cedar Hill Cemetery

1528 South Carpenter Drive, Covington, VA, USA



Tribute Posted

bottom of page