COLUMBIA – God called his faithful servant, Bonnie Faye Kelly home on Friday, November 22, 2019. Funeral services will be held 2 o’clock, Monday, November 25th, at Broad Acres Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Geddings and Rev. Shane McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow the service in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church beginning at 1 o’clock. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.
Bonnie and her six siblings grew up on their farm in Fairmont, NC. After moving to the “Big City” of Columbia, SC, where she attended nursing school, Bonnie met and married the love of her life, Carl H. Kelly. Raising her four children tasked her with a full-time job. She later brought in her 16-year-old niece, Sherry Flower Spurlock to be a permanent part of her family, growing the total of her children by one.
Bonnie devoted her life to her family and mixed a sweet heavenly love with a measure of toughness to prepare them for life events they were awaiting.
As a faithful member of Broad Acres Baptist Church, supporting her church family was her mission. Those friends were her passion and teaching many age groups throughout the years filled her heart and theirs. She was affectionately known by all as “Momma Kelly”. Even after entering NHC Healthcare, Bonnie continued her Sunday School teaching to the delight and fulfillment of her co-residents.
Bonnie is survived by her children, Butch Kelly (LaDonna), Kenny Kelly (Tera), Debbie K. Rabon, Steven Kelly (Tracey); 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hearthspert Kelly; daughter, Sherry Flower Spurlock; two brothers; and four sisters.
The family would like to extend deep gratefulness to her Broad Acres family and to the beautiful caregivers of NHC Healthcare. Bonnie had many friends among her co-residents, but the professional staff perpetually went well beyond their required duties, including the administration staff. The family was overwhelmed and “Touched” at the many tears shed on the job by some of those staff members upon her departure from this world.