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Died Jan. 15, 2011

OCALA, Fla. -- Phyllis Dorman Kelly passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at her home in Ocala after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Americus, Ga., in 1938, she was the first child of Thomas Preston Dorman and Dorothea Yeargain Dorman.

Phyllis graduated from Marietta High School in 1956 and attended Georgia State University.

After raising her four children, she was employed at Georgia Tech as the graduate program cooperative education coordinator.

Phyllis married Edward Kelly of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1991, and moved to Sleepy Creek in Dudley, N.C.

She was the office manager and human resource director of the Georgia-Pacific Chip and Saw Plant until she retired in 1997.

Phyllis was active in Old Waynesborough Society in the restoration of on-site homes, as well as a member of Goldsboro Rotary, where she served as president in 1999 and 2000.

In 2001, Phyllis and Ed moved to Silver Springs Shores in Ocala, Fla.

Phyllis was active in the Senior Institute at Central Florida Community College, as well as the Residents' Association in the community. Phyllis was one of the original SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors, who assisted older citizens with interpretation of supplemental Medicare insurance coverage.

Phyllis was president of Belleview Busy Bee Quilters from 2007 to 2008. Phyllis became active in serving at the local level politically, and was elected to the Tax Advisory Board in 2004, and became chairman. Phyllis served in this capacity until her death.

During this same period, she worked to start the Silver Springs Shores Boys and Girls Club; she established a trust fund for building its own facility.

In lieu of flowers, donations to this fund in her name are appreciated, and may be sent to Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church, 674 Silver Road, Ocala, Fla., 34472, marked SSS Boys and Girls Club Building Fund.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of Shores and a sister, Sharon Hodnett of Hiram, Ga. Additional immediate survivors are her daughters and son, Grandee Ray of Charleston, S.C., Toree Hunt of College Park, Ga., Windee Ray of Fayetteville, Ga., and W. Andrew "Andy" Shahan of Atlanta, Ga. There are five stepchildren, to include Ed Kelly VI and Mike Kelly of Goldsboro, N.C., Kathy Kelly Miller of Sanford, N.C., Kevin Kelly of North Richland Hills, Texas, and Pat Kelly of Lynn Haven, Fla. Phyllis has 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Phyllis is survived by two nieces, Gretchen Hurley of Nashville, Tenn., and DeAnn Johnson of Charlotte, N.C.

A celebration of Phyl's life will be at Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church at 674 Silver Road, Ocala, Fla., at noon Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.

Visitation and lunch with the family will follow.


Published in Obituaries on January 20, 2011 1:48 PM