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Angello Kelley

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A Private Funeral Service for Mr. Angello Cohen Kelley will be conducted 3:00 PM Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ, 203 Carolina Drive, Florence, South Carolina, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mr. Angello Cohen Kelley was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 18, 1952 to James Angello Dorsey and Beverly A. Evans Dorsey. That union was dissolved in 1955 and Beverly Kelley married Floyd Kelley, Jr., who adopted Angello and his older sister. After welcoming to the family two more sisters, the family relocated to Ohio.

Angello was baptized at Saint Josephs Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio and served as an Alter boy during Sunday Mass. He attended Catholic School and enjoyed camp in the summer and going on family outings.

The family moved back to New York in the fall of 1966 with two more additional siblings, and settled in Queens New York. Angello attended Saint Pascals of Baylon where he excelled in basketball and became his teams’ captain; the team often played against a rival team whose captain was Rick Pitino. His enthusiasm for the game allowed him to play in many courts around New York including Centennial Park in Roosevelt Long Island, where he would play with Julius Erving and other local basketball enthusiasts. Angello received a basketball scholarship to Fort Lauderdale University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After graduating from college he settled in New York City and became a Probation Officer for a short while. He expressed that probation was not for him and decided to relocate to Florence, South Carolina in 1976, where he resided with his grandfather until he became certified as an Electrician and settled in his own place. He was proud of his work and often boasted about all the hospitals and businesses that he helped to build.

Angello built a life for himself in Florence while being devoted to his only daughter. He was certainly a proud father. There was always a special light in his eyes when he spoke of his daughter, Angella, and all the accomplishments she made. Angello was affectionately called “The Gentle Giant” because of his 6’8’’ stature and his cool and calm disposition, but he always loved being with his family especially all of his siblings and their children. He had a great sense of humor and could relate to almost every generation.

Sunset came to him on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina following a long illness with cancer.

Angello was preceded in death by his late parents; a brother, Sheldon Dorsey; and a great-grandniece, Lilyanna Thompson.

Angello leaves to mourn his loss: a daughter, Angella Kelley (Rhysheen) Williams; three grandchildren, Zarianna Williams, Zari’on Williams, and Ariyanna Williams; an aunt, Eula Stephens; four sisters, Bevanjae Kelley, Fontell Kelley (James) Douglas, Fontaine Kelley, Pilar Kelley (Benjamin) Coleman, a brother, Martinez (Gwen) Kelley, nine nephews, Delaine Kelley, Maurice Miller, Martin Woolwine, Marquez Villegas, Kelley Williams, Khary Williams, Angelo Kelley, Robert Kelley,and Stephen Kelley; eight nieces, Pilar Miller, Yvonne Kelley, Eliana Coleman, Alexis Diaz, Charlene Diaz ,Doreen Himmel, Jessica Diaz and Melissa Diaz; and a host of other relatives; and friends.

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Uncle Angello you were truly amazing. You always knew how to make everyone around you laugh especially me. Heaven gained a special Angel with a perfect smile. I rejoice knowing that this is a see you later not a goodbye forever. I love you!

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Uncle Angello,Thank you for ALL the stories, the talks & especially for the Laughs. I ask you to please watch over Princess Lilyana & all our Loves one. Please know that I will always cherish moments we shared together. Until we meet again, Love you always & Forever. Your niece Alexis Diaz

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Dad, I'm truly going to miss you so much! I love you! I'm no longer going to get the chance to call you and tell you I love you or I'm on the way bring you a plate of food or the snacks you love. I will never have that chance to hold your hands and look into your eyes that Ms Queen so dearly love! Until we meet again, you will always have a special place in my heart my gentle giant! The first man that I've ever meet that was 6'9 Love your daughter Angella

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Uncle angelo ooman I have soo many beautiful funny memories with you. You've always gave me the best advice you taught me a lot of things when I was younger I remember all ice family get-togethers and have you always no matter what always made us laugh even at times when all we wanted to do was cry uncle angelo you will be missed Uncle Angelo Niece Jessica Diaz

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Big Brother Angello, You are no longer here for me to touch,(Tears Flowing). You will always be in my heart. I will always remember ,the fun fun childhood memories of long ago and up to the day, you were called home ,to be with the Lord.Until we are together Rejoicing, with all love ones in Glory with the Lord,God the Father.Your loving sister Fontell

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

It's never easy when someone has passed . But what is easy is to talk Truth about someone . Angelo Kelley as I know him was simply a Gentleman. A gentle Heart and enormous personality . Smart intelligent and kind. I can go back to playing ball with you in the 70, s not aware that one day I would be married to your Sister Fontell Kelley Douglas. We had good talks . But the thing that I'm Honored the most by is when you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. God says whosoever will let him come . And you came and turned your life over to Christ. You may be gone in the flesh but never in our Hearts. You have not lived your life in vain and God has you now. Rest In Peace Big Brother Angello . Rest in the arms of the Father . We Love you and one day we will see and greet you on the other side of Jordan . Your Brother in Law Jimmie Douglas.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My Deepest Sympathy and prayers are with you Mrs. Angella Kelley-Williams and your family during your time of Bereavement. Your Family here at ASGDC is keeping you all in our prayers. Sgt. Jeanette Frazier

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

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