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Dewayne Carnell Kelley, Sr.

July 27, 1960 ~ September 29, 2021 (age 61)


Dewayne Carnell Kelley, Sr.

July 27, 1960 ~ September 29, 2021 (age 61)

Dewayne Kelley, 61, of Bolivar, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Bolivar, Tennessee.

His funeral service was held on Saturday October 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Olive MB Church  with burial in the church Cemetery with Minister Elliot Wilkes in charge. Dixie Funeral Home ( was in charge of the professional service

Dewayne Carnell Kelley Sr., better known as Dano, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.

Dewayne was the son of the late Albert and Gloria Sain-Kelley. Dewayne was truly a jack of all trades. Dewayne was known for his love of driving, sports, which included, WWE Wrestling, basketball, football, and baseball. His one wish was to see his New York Knicks win a championship. He also loved to detail cars and buses. His favorite thing to do was to eat, especially, concession stand food.

Dewayne confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. His favorite scripture was Psalms 121:1, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”

Dewayne graduated from Bolivar Central High School in 1979. He attended Whiteville Vocational School in Whiteville, Tennessee with a certification in Auto Mechanic.

Dewayne was employed at Bolivar General Hospital, Hardeman County Schools as a bus driver (bus 11). He was also employed at ABM as a custodian and Nat T. Win-ston, Western Mental Health Institute as a technician.

Dewayne was preceded in death by his parents: Albert and Gloria Sain Kelley; grandparents: Aubrey and Idell Sain; two sisters: Darcus Morrow and Bobby Cheairs; one brother: James Wilkes; one brother in law: Charles Morrow; two aunts: Mattie Woods and Daisy Sadler.

Dewayne was united in Holy Matrimony to April, the love of his life, in 1995, who survives him and will cherish his memory. Dewayne is also survived by three sons: Dewayne, Jr., Ridriquez (Deon) Kelley, and Ereon Depriest; one daughter: Dominique Kelley; four grandchildren: Devon Kelley, A’Niylah Kelley, Kourtni Sims, and Elan Carillo; two sister: Nancy Kelley and Glenda (Thomas) Jones; two brothers: Kenneth and Kelvin Kelley; one stepbrother: William Jones, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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 Service Program


October 8, 2021

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jerome Boyd Chapel at Dixie Funeral Home
750 Bills Street
Bolivar, Tennessee 38008

Funeral Service
October 9, 2021

1:00 PM
Mt. Olive MB Church
11210 Highway 125 S
Middleton, Tennessee 38052

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