Published 10:57 am Thursday, March 23, 2017

Victor Julian Kelley Jr.

Mr. Victor Julian Kelley Jr., 69, of Prosperity, S.C.went died on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Mr. Kelley was born June 2, 1947 in Durham to the late Victor Julian Kelly Sr. and Hope Genieve Hosner Kelley.  He had a fulfilling life of adventure and travel but most importantly the love of family and friends. He adored the fine arts, music and dancing with his bride of 35 years.  Mr. Kelley was proud to be a Navy veteran and proud of his strong Irish roots. After graduating high school at Florida Air Acadamy he joined the U.S. Navy serving on Fast Attack Submarines and as a Navy Diver retiring at the rank of E7 Chief Petty Officer.  After retiring from the Navy he studied at Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina and Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Kelley was employed by SCE&G VC Summer Nuclear Station in South Carolina as the director of emergency preparedness evacuation, training nuclear operator in Atlanta at IMPO, inspector and facilitator at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation in Kansas and promoted to senior nuclear operator. Mr. Kelley was a member of the Lake Murray Rescue Squad, former chief of the Little Mountain Resque Squad where he was a volunteer firefighter and paramedic. He was a PADI certified open water diver and an experienced recovery and rescue diver with his wife.  He was a trainer of the Jaws of Life and proud to have taught his wife and she was the only woman certified in South Carolina at that time.

He is preceded in death by: his wife, Linda Jean Brown Kelley; a sister, Marion J. Kelley and a niece, Sharon J. Kelley.   

Survivors: a daughter, Pamela Smith Brookman (Robert); a son, John Ezzell (Laura); 7 grandchildren, Meagen Brookman Price (Jake), McKenzie Brookman, Gaivnion, Maggie and McKenna Smith and Lizzy and Brennan Kelley; 2 great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Jameson Price; and a brother, Patrick Kelley (JoAnn).

A graveside service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Salisbury National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel.  Pallbearers will be Robert Brookman, Gaivnion Smith, John Ezzell, Jake Price and Matthew Boger.

Memorials: American Diabetes Assoc., 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.