The family of Ralph “Manion” Kelley of Opelika, Alabama is saddened to announce his passing on Monday, March 14, , at the age of 63. Manion was born in Opelika, Alabama, on Sept. 9, 1958.

Manion was known as a brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend but he was most proud to be called “Dad” and “Papaw.” Everyone who knew him, knew he loved his boys and grand boys more than life itself.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Brandon and Chad Kelley; grandchildren: Brooks and Rhett Kelley; brothers: Franklin (Cathy) Kelley, David (Bonnie) Kelley; aunt: Evelyn Kelley; nieces: Audra Doster, Jodie Brand, Jennifer Harmon; nephew: Sully Kelley; special loved ones: Ronnie Bowles, Sherri Ruff and Lynn Mangum. 

He was predeceased by his parents: James and Frances Kelley and Mary Whitman; aunt and uncle: Sue and Jimmy Coxwell; nephew: Jamey Kelley; niece: Kristy Kelley. 

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Jeffcoat- Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. 


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