George Simon Kelly

Born: Thu., Sep. 4, 1947
Died: Thu., Jul. 19, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jul. 28, 2018
Location: Minor - Morris Funeral Home, Ltd.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 28, 2018
Location: Minor - Morris Funeral Home, Ltd.

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George Simon Kelly, known to friends as "Big" passed away on July 19, 2018 at the age of 70 years.

Raised in East Chicago, Indiana, the son of Charles and Lucille Kelly Sr., he was a lifelong resident of the northwestern Indiana/Chicagoland area.  George attended the University of Indiana and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business.  While attending IU Bloomington, Indiana, George became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, the second oldest existing collegiate, historically Black, Greek-Letter Fraternity which is distinguished for leadership in community service & outreach activities. In addition, he was very proud of the impact he made as director of the local community center while in college.

George married Janet (née Eva Coleman) in 1968 while residing in Gary, Indiana and began a career in industrial sales. Although his first profession was successful and trailblazing, he retired from a second career as a faculty member of Joliet Central High School in Illinois.  George was truly gifted in his ability to relate to young people and found his mentorship role in education to be most fulfilling.

George was a believer of God’s grace and loved his family more than anything in the world.  He was outgoing too. George was most deft at a variety of activities that he really enjoyed including swimming, roller skating, partner dancing (specifically Chicago Style Steppin’) and playing the “pennies” card game with friends.  Also, he loved just chilling at home watching action movies & westerns, having great debates with his kids and of course watching his favorite teams the Bulls and the Bears.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.

Mr. George Simon Kelly is survived by his daughter and sons: Eric Curry, Candice Kelly and Michael (Sakinah) Kelly; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his siblings Charles Kelley Jr. and Joice Kelly; niece Bridgette; nephews Kenneth, Kevin, Keith, Charles III and Brian; his beloved goddaughter Demetrius and a host of relatives and close family friends. George’s passing was preceded by his parents, as well as, his grandson, Teric Curry.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 am at the funeral home.   Service at 11:00 AM.  Private interment.

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Valarie Hudson
   Posted Wed July 25, 2018
Candace and family...With heartfelt sympathy in honor of a life so beautifully lived, may you carry all the special moments and cherished memories in your hearts. I’m so thankful to have shared a decade with George and will always carry him in my heart! I pray that you all lean on each other during this time of sorrow. May God’s grace be with you all🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Laquita Robinson
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
I’m so sorry about your (our) loss when it’s in the heart it’s felt and I know I haven’t seen you guys in a while but only God knows the feelings I have for you and your family!! My heart is grieving right along with u!! I’m here right here!! God definitely has called an awesome angel! My biggest condolences I love u so much always!

Debra Farmer
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
To my cousins (Candace and Mike) - I am sorry for the loss of your dad. Losing a parent is very difficult. I hope you know that he is in the hands of God and he will be looking down on you guys for the rest of your lives. I am sure he fought a good fight. He will never leave you in spirit. To my aunt, you are in my prayers. it is never easy to loose someone you loved and especially not someone that you grew up with - those longtime friends in your life. The McClatcheys and the Farmers are here for you and we will be there for you. Always love Debbie

Deborah Manuel
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018


Candice, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We loved your dad and will miss him dearly! Debb & Linda

M. Tribie
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
Sending my deepest condolences to Soror Candice and the family during this difficult time. I hope your memories keep and sustain you. I pray Mr. Kelly rests in peace and love...

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