The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 15, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, April 15, 2013


Shella ‘Berthel’  Kelley Jr.

Shella “Berthel” Kelley Jr., age 57, of Whitby, WV, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington following a sudden illness.

Born on December 2, 1955, in Beckley, he was preceded in death by his parents Shella “Sonny” Kelley and Mildred Mae Winston Kelley. He was also preceded in death by a brother Richard Kelley and a sister-in-law Evelyn Lilly and her husband Ronald Lilly.

Berthel loved fishing, hunting, riding his four-wheeler, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends.

He attended Stoco High School and worked construction. Berthel also drove a truck most of his life until he became disabled.

His survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Jean Hargus Kelley, three daughters, Katherine Robin Hatcher and her husband Danny of Jonben, WV, April Cox and her husband John of Jonben, WV, Jamie Brandstetter and her husband Greg of Danese, WV.

Seven grandchildren his pride and joy whom he loved with all of his heart: Ryan, Jacob, Breanna, Daniel, Jeremiah, Joshua, Jayden, and one on the way. Two great-grandchildren: Adrianne and Justin.

A brother, David Utt of Shady Spring, WV, Six sisters, Patricia Vaughn and her husband, Doug, of South Shore, Ky.; Stella James and her husband Robert of Epperly Hill, WV, Victoria Neuzum and her husband Richard of Epperly Hill, WV, Violet Thompson of Midway, WV, Barbara Keeling of Asheboro, NC, Gayla Smith of Daniels, WV, Sisters-in-law, Kathy Kelley of Odd, WV, Julie Hensley and her husband Donald of Fireco, WV, Mary Canterbury and her husband Johnny of Coal City, WV, Carolyn Rollins, and her husband Jim of Vernon, Florida, A brother-in-law, Thomas Meadows and his wife Faye of Dickson, TN. Numerous nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

According to his wishes, Berthel will be cremated. Family and friends may gather Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in a Celebration of his life at the home of his daughter, April Cox, 318 Bacontown Road, Jonben, WV.

Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

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