Darby Joseph Kelley Sr.
Darby Joseph Kelley Sr., 82, of Orange, passed from this life on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in a local hospital in Orange. Services to remember his life will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov.ember 6, at the Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine, La. Officiating will be the Rev. Ralph Doiron, pastor of the Faith Tabernacle in Bayou Sorrel, La. Interment will follow services in Grace Memorial Park in Plaquemine. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange and also from 10 a.m. until service time at Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine.
Born on Sept. 7, 1927 in Bayou Chene, La. to parents, Charlie Kelley and Elizabeth (Diamond) Kelley, he lived in Orange since 1962. He retired as a welder and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Kelley was a simple kind of man who enjoyed sports, the gardening of vegetables, reading of his bible and he enjoyed sitting on the porch swing drinking coffee.
Mr. Kelley is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Perry Kelley Sr.; brothers, Arthur Kelley and Earl Kelley Sr.; and his wife, Betty Ann Kelley.
Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughters, Jill Hull and husband Paul Sr. of Marrero, La. and Kim Prater and husband, Jim of Orange; sons, Jimmy Kelley and wife, Cathy of Plaquemine, Darby Kelley Jr. and wife, Donna of Petersburg, Neb. and Terry Kelley of Orange; sisters, Joyce Carline and husband, Carl of Charenton, La. and Emily Carline of Charenton, La.; brothers, George Kelley and wife, Patricia, Millard Kelley and Darrell Kelley all of Bayou Sorrell, La.; 19 grandchildren, 23 great- grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.