Willie “Evelyn” Kelley passed away on June 19, 2022. She was 89 years old.

She was born in Beulah, Alabama, on March 5, 1933, to the late, Omer Ralph and Ethel Lou Howard Kelley. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Sulla B. Coxwell and brother, James Kelley.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Ray Babson, Ronald “Ronnie” L. Ray, and Karen D. Caylor (John); grandchildren, Christopher M. Watkins (Amanda) and Kelly Ann Watkins; great-grandchildren, Katherine Evelyn Watkins and Kara Rose Watkins; nephew “phone buddy,” Franklin Kelley, and other family members.

She was an lifelong member of Liberty Baptist of Opelika.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parlor of Frederick-Dean Funeral Home. Her funeral service was held on Thursday, June 23, at 9 a.m. in the chapel of Frederick-Dean Funeral Home. Interment followed at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Brother Billy Short officiated.


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