Celebrating the life of

Michael J. Kelly

July 05, 1955 - June 07, 2021

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Michael J. Kelly

Michael J. Kelly passed away peacefully on Monday, June 7, 2021.

The Savannah native was the son of the late John J. Kelly, Jr., and Jean Desch Kelly. He was a graduate of Benedictine Military School, Reinhardt Junior College, and Georgia Southern University. Mike followed in his father’s footsteps by earning the rank of Eagle Scout and serving as a Scoutmaster for the Boys Scouts of America. 

Mike has deep roots in Savannah’s Irish community. He was a longtime member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee where he served on the Adjutant’s Staff for more than 25 years. He was a member of the Irish Heritage Society, The Shenanigans, and he served as president of The Savannah Pipes & Drums.

In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by his wife, Norma Jean Rogers Kelly; sister, Kathleen K. Price, and nephew, Donovan Price.

Mike leaves behind his sister, Patricia (Pat) Kelly, and her husband, Mark Green; nephew, Gary Price, Jr. (Elisabeth) and their children; his loving partner of many years, Barbara Murphy and her children, Ryan, Brad (Katie), and Garrett Murphy (Jana) and Liz Murphy, and their children.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Mike’s memory to the Savannah Pipes & Drums, 112 Cedar Point Drive, Savannah, GA 31405 or Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.




Pat, I’m so sorry for your loss!! I just loved Big Mike!! I hope we can get together soon! I sure hate I’m going to miss the funeral. Love to all. Say goodbye to him for me please!! Love, Bunky

- Mercedes Kelly Sampsell, Fayetteville , AL

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss. I had the great fortune of knowing Mike during our time at Reinhardt College and after I moved to Savannah. He was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him

- Laura Martinez, Savannah, Georgia

Barbara and family, I offer sincere condolences on Mike’s sudden passing. It was our pleasure knowing him. Loving thoughts and prayers. Nancy and Donnie

- Nancy Anderson, Tybee Island, Ga

I was lucky enough to be Mike’s friend and classmate. Always with a smile always with a kind word he was an example for all of Savannah to follow. Michael I will miss you my brother

- Mike Finocchiaro , Savannah , Ga

Our thoughts and prayers are for Barbara and her family. Know he was an important part of your lives.

- Kathleen Reeves, Raleigh, USA

It had been many, many years since I’ve seen Mike from high school but when I did see him we both remembered our friendship ……this has been such a shock ….we can’t take anything for granted anymore,every day is a gift.

- Ed Cope, Savannah , Georgia

Betty and I send our sincerest condolences to Mike’s family and loved ones. I knew him for years and he always was interested in you and what was going on in your life. May perpetual light shine upon him.

- Billy S. Wilson, Jr., Savannah, GA

Aunt Barbara and family, We are sending you much love and prayers at this time. Love, The Harrop Family

- Tiffany Harrop, Cary, NC

I too was lucky to know Mike Kelly for 60 years. His father raised a fine son. Mike should have been Grand Marshall. Always a smile always straight up. God rest his soul. Condolences for the family. He will be missed.

- O C Welch III, Savannah , Ga

Pat we are truly sorry for your loss and are struggling with making sense of it. You have been through so much and we hope that you find peace and comfort knowing that Mike has been reunited with my mom.(Norma Jean) He will be missed by many in the community including his (step) daughter, grandchildren, and great children . Truly a loss for everyone. We will always love our “Pebbles”.

- The Adkins Family, Savannah , Georgia

I was so sad to hear the news about Mikes passing. I feel blessed to have seen him a few weeks ago. Mike loved life and was a really nice friend. I pray for the family at this time of loss. God speed my friend.

- M. Keith Williams , Savannah , Ga

Mike was one of the good guys. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will remember Mike with a smile and laughter.

- May, Okinawa, Japan

II am so sad to hear about the passing of my friend Mike Kelly . He was a wonderful friend tthat I met at Reinhardt College in 1973. I ask Mike what made you come to Reinhardt College. He told me that he met two ladies from Reinhardt College . He had 2 questions to ask them. Do you have pretty mountains at Reinhardt ? Oh yes. The Blue Ridge Mountains very beautiful. And the last question was do you have Nuns at Reinhardt? The answer was no Nuns but we do have the United Methodist Church on campus. Mike’s response was sign me up for Reinhardt. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mike was a kind and loving friend!

- Edna Cook, Waleska, Ga.

Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers.

- Jimmy and Connie Deal, Savannah, GA

Barbara, Pat and All of the Family, We are just heartbroken over the loss of Mike. We think back on all the great times we had together. So glad we were able to get together on Memorial Day. And were planning our next get together. He gave the toast at our wedding. He and George were best friends and will leave a void in our lives. We shall always remember the twinkle in his eye the smile on his face and his funny wit. (How he came up with KMI_!)When Irish eyes are smiling ....they are always up to something! May God hold you in the palm of his hand until we meet again rest in peace our friend. Love Sherrie and George

- Sherrie Schwarz, Savannah, GA

“Pebbles” will be missed by us all. We are so thankful we were able to get together just a few weeks ago. We offer thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

- Madison, Tommy, Chloe & Ryder Hurst, Guyton, GA

Pat and Family - so sad to hear this news , our deepest deepest sympathies. praying for all of you .


Dear Pat and family, Maryjane and I are very saddened by the loss of your dear Mike. He was an extraordinary person, friend, Shenanigans member and simply wonderful human being who brought Joy, happiness and friendship to us and all who knew him. He will be missed by all his Irish friends as well as to anyone whose path he crossed. The memories formed in us all will keep him dear in our hearts. We pray for Peace and Serenity for you and your family and will never forget Mike and Mike's kindness and friendship. Bill & Maryjane Mataxas

- Bill Mataxas, Savannah, Ga

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family . May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time . I have known Mike for 60 years . He was so full of life . He was funny , compassionate and had a love for everyone . He will truly be missed .

- Sue & David Cannady, Savannah, Ga

Mike was so full of life, his huge smile and friendly greeting was always a welcome sight. I still have a jar of his Shrimp Boil spices he made for me, I will cherish it and remember him as I sparingly use it in the future. My prayers and thoughts are with the Family and all of his many friends who like myself are sad in his loss. I will miss you Mike, you were one of a kind☘️

- Stan Howe, Roswell, GA

Will miss that smiling face. So many fond memories, as far back as high school. We will raise a toast on every March 17th in his honor. He will be missed.

- Ginger & Mike Robertson, Savannah, GA

Mike has been a dear friend of ours for over 30 years. He was more family than friend and he will be greatly missed by our family. We will forever remember Mike for his overwhelming kindness and love for our family. Mike was a man you could count on through thick or thin and he would give your the shirt off his back if you needed it. Our condolences go out to all of Mike's family and those of us who were fortunate to have his as a friend/brother.

- Doug & Patti Foote, Loganville, GA

Mike was one our first friends when we moved to Savannah over 30 years ago, and he always remembered us, and the things we had done together. Rest in peace, brother. You will be missed.

- Mike and Lori Williams, Pooler, GA

Barbara and Kelly family so sorry about Mike's passing my thoughts and prayers are with all of you

- Margo Harrison, Savannah, Georgia

Aunt Pat I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how hard this is on you. I know that I’m still in shock considering Pebbles (Grandpa Mike) and I were just reconnecting. Its hard to have lost the only GRANDFATHER I had left! We were actually supposed to have lunch next week to finish talking about my college plans! Natalie Adkins (GRANDDAUGHTER(Norma Jean)

- Natalie Adkins, Savannah , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, Georgia

Pat, Gary and terribly sorry to hear about Michael’s passing. Sending love and prayers to alll

- Carol Kilpatrick and Mike, Savannah, GA

Pat, Gary and terribly sorry to hear about Michael’s passing. Sending love and prayers to alll

- Carol Kilpatrick and Mike, Savannah, GA

Barbara, Pat and Family, My condolences on your loss. Mike was a good friend for 50 years. He was a good man and we are all better for knowing him. May God grant him eternal rest.

- Mike Overstreet, Atlanta, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Lindy Cash, Savannah, GA

Pat and Barbara, this is so hard to believe. Mike was so loved by us and so many. Billy will be there on Thursday but I have an an appointment that prevents my attendance. May God give you peace through this difficult time. We love you!

- William and Carol Ray, Savannah, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

- Lou and Toni Jones, Pooler , Ga

Pat, we are so sorry and saddened for the loss of Mike. He was one of the first friends we met 25 years ago in the Harley Owners Group. We will miss his wit, his humor, his smile and his character. Mike was truly a good man and never met a stranger. He was very special. Prayers are with you and your family.

- Richard and Kathy Kurazawa, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about Michael. Always enjoyed talking to him at credit union conventions. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

- Debbie and Roger Beam, Mount Airy, GA

Pat, I’m so sorry for your my prayers are with you and the family . Love Bonnie

- Bonnie Bowers , Bloomingdale , Ga

Pat and family, Please know that I am praying for the Holy Spirit to bring you peace. Mike was fun to be around, and I enjoyed playing golf with him. He loved the credit union folks, and we loved him. I will miss him, and his big smile.

- Arno Quon, Greensboro, GA

When I first met Mike at an Parade Adjutant meeting 30 + years ago. He had that grin that you knew immediately something was up. Mike was true Irish gentleman, but always something going on in that head. Mike was a true Shenanigan. I could give you 100 examples, but wearing Shirt and Tie and Bermuda short to George and Sherrie's Wedding but the best part was talking the rest of us into doing it also. One Parade my job was to keep Mike under control per Norma Jean. I was a complete Failure and Norman Jean let me know it. You can't control Mike, Mike was Mike and God Bless the family and all the memories they have to honor such a good life. I said earlier, Mike & Johnnie is us there in heaven planning a parade and all those decease Grand Marshal are telling them how to do it right. God Bless the Family and Thousands of friends that feel this loss. Ron KMIA (The One Legged Leprechaun) & Joanne Webber

- Ron Webber, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I met Mike in 1983 when my youngest daughter was born. He had just started working at CUNA Mutual and we both had the honor of serving Georgia credit unions for over 30 years. My two daughters considered him their crazy uncle and he would try to visit with them when he was working in Valdosta and they were in college. I always considered Mike a really good friend and as others have already said he would do anything for you. He had such a good spirit and will be missed by the Gilbert family.

- Allen L Gilbert, MACON, GA

A candle has been lit!

Our hearts are broken for the Family and Friends Mr. Mike leaves behind. He was Loved by so many, and will be missed dearly. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Mike, may you rest in peace. I will treasure all of my wonderful memories myself and my Family have with you.

- Shannon, Lindsey, and Collin Bancroft , Ellabell, GA

A great man, mentor, and Uncle. He is and will continue to be greatly missed. The memories we made together, especially when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, will be cherished by myself and family forever. My sincere condolences and well wishes to my extended family for his passing. “Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed, and very dear.”

- Austin O’Kelly, Virginia Beach , Virginia

I first met Mike in 1969 our freshman year at BC, both of us were drummers in the BC Band under thr tutelage of Father Ralph Bailey, O.S,B. We were classmates in the Class of 1973. We reconnected last year during monthly dinners at Bowtie bar-b-que along with several members of the Class of 73 led by attorney, Mark Shawe, and our former quarterback, Mike Finocchiaro. Mike Kelly was always an upbeat and positive guy to be around. Savannah, and the world, was a better place with him in it. We’ll miss you Mike

- Ed Cox, Savannah, Ga

May God rest and bless Michael's soul. Sending prayers of peace and comfort for all.

- Julia Bremer, Savannah, Georgia

Mike was a wonderful guy with a fabulous sense of humor and adventure. They always had the most beautiful blue eyes and smile. We knew each other in high school and had some great times growing up. My thoughts and prayers go to the family, he will be surely missed.

- Capt.Patricia Michelle Gillikin , Tybee Island , Georgia

I was truly sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was a very sweet, thoughtful and kind man, and I will always have fond memories of our growing up years together in Boy Scouts and at St. James and BC.

- Henry Brett Highland, Savannah, GA

I am saddened to hear about Mike's passing. He was a great friend and neighbor. Pat, my utmost condolences. Anyone that knew Mike, always had nothing but good things to say about him. He will be missed and I'm thankful to have known him, and your family. Godspeed my friend. Until we meet again.

- Jim Goggins, N. Chili, New York

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Burial
  • on Thu, June 10, 2021
  • Catholic Cemetery
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