Forrest “Bud” Edwin Kelley

May 20, 1939 - February 4, 2019
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Philippi, WV 26416
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Wednesday 2/6, 5:00 pm

Forrest “Bud” Edwin Kelley, born May 20, 1939 in Camden New Jersey to parents Forrest and Eleanor Kelley, died on Monday, February 4, 2019. Bud attended Alderson Broaddus College and graduated with a BA in Education and then married Barbara Hale in 1961. He spent three and a half years in the U.S. Army inContinue Reading

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John and Sandie Clovis left a message on February 9, 2019:
I met Bud on a fishing trip to Pa with friends years ago. We spent many hours not fishing but talking and sharing stories together. Several years later Bud and Barb visited us at our Greenbrier Co. home. We had another wonderful time together and soon realized what special friends they both were. I shared some of my art work with them and they both decided on a painting they would like to have in their home. May Bud rest in peace. He will be missed by many. Sincerely, John and Sandie Clovis
Darlene White Angell left a message on February 8, 2019:
Even though Mr. Kelley was my teacher over 30 years ago, I thought of him often and would mention him to friends and family. He was a great teacher, told amazing stories, made learning exciting and challenging, and was honorable and respectful. I offer my condolences to his family and friends. It's always hard to lose a loved one, and it's even harder when that loved one is such a wonderful human being.
Mary Hefferin Ronayne left a message on February 7, 2019:
The BEST teacher I ever had. The world has lost an amazing human being. Condolences to the family. May Mr. Kelley rest peacefully with God.
Ed Snively left a message on February 7, 2019:
I came to know Bud through a mutual friend of ours. All of us graduated from Alderson-Broaddus albeit at different times. Upon meeting Bud for the first time I sensed how easy he was to converse with and on a wide range of subjects. He taught all three of my sons and they had the utmost respect and admiration for him as an educator and person of such honor and integrity. I will miss our talks my friend but I am comforted by knowing you are pain free and have gained your heavenly reward. If you were lucky enough to know Bud then you were lucky enough. I was the better for it having known this gentleman. Rest in peace dear friend.
Katie Morgan left a message on February 6, 2019:
It is with great sadness I read about Mr Kelley today. He was my Biology teacher at GHS and after I finished classes with him, would still ask me how I was getting on in the rest of my classes during my final years of high school. He influenced me in my pursuit of science and gave me confidence in studying genetics which I still remember and smile about when I'm preparing data and designing experiments to this day. He was a kind man and always cheerful. He was a great teacher and an inspiration to many. I'm so sorry for your loss and for the loss of the community he served for many years. He is irreplaceable.
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Dave and Sis Bruner left a message on February 6, 2019:
Bud was a wonderful friend and colleague. We both taught with Bud for years at GHS. He was well respected by his peers and beloved by his students. He was fun; enjoying a good joke as a recipient or delegator. Rest in peace dear friend. Dave and Sis Bruner
Carol Skrodinsky left a message on February 6, 2019:
Bud was not only a good and honorable man, he was a dear friend. Over the years we enjoyed trading emails---often laughing, sometimes commiserating, but always knowing we were there for each other. I will miss him in more ways than words can tell. My sincerest sympathy to Barb, Derek and Kim. Your husband, dad, and father-in-law will always have a special place in my heart.
Judy Buckner Larry left a message on February 6, 2019:
Barbara, I was so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing I’m sorry I couldn’t be there in person to express my condolences. I’m out of town rightt now. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dick Mercer left a message on February 5, 2019:
Bud was an outstanding science teacher and a special human being who loved life, his family, and the students he taught. He was a teacher with impact and one who had total respect from everyone. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been one of his friends. He will be missed in a big way but the memories of his teachings and friendships will be long lasting. He lived life well but was taken much too soon for family and friends. What a great man!
Gail left a message on February 5, 2019:
Rest in sweet peace, kind sir. You were a gem! I am a GHS 1980 alum. He was my favorite teacher. He treated every student with the same loving and respectful interest. Deepest condolences to Mr. Kelley’s family and friends. Sincerely, Gail Reel Morrison
Candace jacques left a message on February 5, 2019:
May our Lord bless and comfort you during this time of grief. I am so sorry for your loss. May Bud’s soul rest on peace. e
Lisa Slaton Retherford left a message on February 5, 2019:
Mr. Kelley was my favorite teacher of all time. He made Science class so much fun with all his gestures, noises and excitement. Loved him dearly. Prayers for his family.
JR Toothman left a message on February 5, 2019:
Amazing teacher who engaged the class and cared about his students as people. A college level teacher that we were fortunate enough to have in high school.. I am forever grateful for having known him as an educator and a man. JR Toothman
Kathy McDaniel left a message on February 5, 2019:
He was a wonderful teacher and one of my favorites!
Patrick Docherty left a message on February 5, 2019:
Wonderful father and husband, outstanding educator, tireless community service volunteer, great sense of humor and loyal friend of mine for over thirty years. In summary just a dam nice guy that I was lucky to count as my friend. RIP my old buddy. You will be missed!!
Candace jacques left a message on February 5, 2019:
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