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Charles Wayne Kelly | 80 | Nebo

Charles Wayne Kelly, 80, of Nebo, IL passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at his home in Nebo surrounded by his family.Charles was born May 20, 1942 at home in Nebo to William and Opal Waggoner Kelly. He married Karen Graham 61 years ago and she survives.
Charles was a hard worker to the point of being called a workaholic. Charles retired in May of 2002 after 33 years working for the same railroad that changed names five times, Gulf Mobile & Ohio (GM&O), Illinois Central Gulf, Chicago Missouri & Western, Gateway Western and Kansas City Southern. He also worked for the village of Nebo as a water and sewer plant operator and in street maintenance. He had a backhoe and plumbing business, owned a gun shop in Nebo and had worked as a meat cutter for Boren’s Red & White in Nebo and at Holloways in Pearl. He had also served as a Spring Creek Township supervisor.
Charles was a member of the Pike-Calhoun Sportsman Club in Pleasant Hill, the Jacksonville Sportsman Club, and the CMSA (Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association). Charles started competing in CMSA in 2004 and competed until health problems stopped him in 2020.
Charles, Karen and their horses traveled to many CMSA events in several states over 16 years and met some wonderful friends. Charles raised and trained American Quarter Horses. He was a hunter, trap shooter and skeet shooter. He loved to travel, trailride and camp out. He was his happiest on the back of a horse.
Charles was a member of the former First Christian Church in Nebo.
He is survived by his wife Karen, son Brett Kelly of Nebo, two granddaughters, Catherine Jean (Justin) Trammel of Quincy and Nicki (Mike) Lozen of Prescott, AZ, four great grandchildren, Skyler, Caden and Isabella Lozen and Asher Trammel and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Chamberlain, two brothers, Lawrence Kelly and Bill Kelly and also, one of his favorite horses, Robin.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 25, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Pastor Don Hannel. Burial will follow at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill or to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Association.
Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements.

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