Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. and Josephine Strickland Kelly



Josephine Strickland Kelly was born on July 3, 1922 in Clinton, NC., and her husband, Charles was born in Shelby, NC on December 9, 1932. They were married in 1955 and lived in Trenton, NJ from 1950 to 1973 where they raised their nephew, James E. Butler, Esq, as their son. They retired to Clinton, NC in 1973 and remained there until 2012 when they moved to St. Louis, Missouri where they were lovingly cared for by their son James and his family.

During his final illness, Charles died peacefully in his sleep in the late evening on February 2, 2014 in St. Louis. Four valiant years later Josephine passed in her sleep at her St. Louis home with James holding her hands in the late morning of February 23, 2018.

Josephine, the third of 9 sisters, is predeceased by her parents, John Henry and Laura Williams Strickland, and four sisters - Rena Strickland Boykin, Fannie Strickland Dafford, Mozelle Strickland Butler, and Mary Strickland Andrews. She is survived by four sisters - Dolores Strickland Barnes, Doris Strickland Manuel, Christine Strickland Partee, and Martha Strickland Taylor (Ralph).

Charles was the third of four children born to Fred and Cora Lee Brown Kelly. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings, Robert Kelly, Fred Kelly and Mary Kelly Wharton.