04 Jan N. W. Kelley
August 29, 1893
Noah Wilbourne Kelley was born August 29, 1893 at the family farm on Kelley Road near Brooks in the same room where his father was born. The son of Minnie Patterson Kelley and George Columbus Kelley, he was educated in the Brooks schools and at the A & M School in Barnesville, later Gordon College. He moved with his family to Kenwood in 1914. He served in World War I stateside.
N.W. worked for J. B. McEachern until he was elected to the office of Clerk of the Fayette County Superior Court in 1920. After his first race, he ran without opposition until he retired in 1960.
After the death of his father in January 1925, he assumed responsibility of his younger siblings, Martha, and Hoke.
N.W. was active in the community serving as First Commander of the American Legion, and last Master of the Mount Moriah Lodge. He served as a Steward and Sunday School teacher in the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. He served for some years as Chairman of the Fayette County Red Cross Chapter. He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Fayette County.
In retirement, he served on the Board of Health and on the Zoning Appeals Board.
He died on December 16, 1968 and is buried in the Fayetteville City Cemetery.
By Lamar P. McEachern
Source: Fayette County Georgia Heritage Book
Kelley Family Records