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Death of Former Mayor Rudy G. Kelley
Posted on Monday May 04, 2015
Rudy Kelley served as Mayor of the City of Stockbridge faithfully from 1978 to 2009.  The City grew, changed and took shape under his 31-year watch as he added the Merle Manders Conference Center, the Ted Strickland Community Center, multiple city parks, the expansion of the City's wastewater treatment plant, the widening of North Henry Boulevard from two lanes to five, the building of the current City Hall - which bears his name, and many other accomplishments.  Most notable is the fact that he ran Stockbridge in a fiscally responsible manner that enables residents to enjoy no city property tax.

February 9, 2015 was proclaimed as "Rudy Kelley Day" in Stockbridge as Mr. Kelley was presented with the proclamation by Mayor Tim Thompson and City Council and his portrait was hung in City Hall.  A reception followed the Council meeting with several county officials in attendance. 

Mr. Kelley's unexpected death occurred as he was recovering from a recent heart procedure. He leaves behind his wife, Mary Jo, three children and grandchildren.  Please join us in remembering the Kelley family at this difficult time.

Arrangements are being handled by Cannon Cleveland Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday, May 5 from 1-3:00 pm and again from 6-8:00 pm.   The funeral will be on Wednesday, May 6, at 3:00 pm at Stockbridge First United Methodist Church.

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