Doris Kelly

Doris Kelly

Sunday July 22nd, 1917 - Monday April 19th, 2021
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Doris Bruce Kelly was born to the union of Earl Bledsoe Bruce and Rosetta Dobbs.  She lived her entire life in the St, Elmo Community.  Doris was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of East Eighth Street where she served as vice chairman of the trustee board for many years.

Doris was educated in the Chattanooga Public Schools, graduating from Howard High School.  She attended Tennessee A & I State University where she received BS and MS degrees.  Doris did postgraduate studies at the University of TN at Knoxville, the University of North Dakota, Middle TN State University, and Northwestern University. While at Tennessee State, Doris joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She celebrated her 75th anniversary with the sorority in 2013.

Doris, a lifelong educator, served on the staff of Howard High School for many years before taking an assignment as Uniserve Representative for the Tennessee Education Association. She held life membership with the National Education Association and was a past president of the Chattanooga Education Association. In her role as educator, she received many accolades and awards for her service. She continued to serve in the Retired Teachers Association for many years after her retirement. In addition, Doris served on the board of directors of the Chattanooga Bicentennial Library.

Doris was married to William Taylor Kelly who preceded her in death. While there were no children born to this union, they were involved in the lives of many young people, four of whom Doris claimed as her own., Vance Kelley, brother-in-law , preceded her in death; cousin, Judy Jackson; goddaughter, Deborrah Bradley Carter; and godson, Mack (Tekelia) Kelly, who survive her , along with numerous other friends and family.

Doris lived a life of servitude, giving of her talents and resources to others freely. Her words to live by were “If I can Help Somebody”, which she did.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks monetary contributions to be made to the Ivy Rose Foundation’s scholarship fund, in memory of Doris Bruce Kelly. Remit funds to Ivy Rose Foundation, Inc, PO Box 81053, Chattanooga, TN 37414.

A public viewing will be held 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am  Thursday, April 29, 2021, in the chapel of John P. Franklin Funeral Home. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995. 
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday April 28th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday April 28th, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday April 29th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday April 29th, 2021 11:00am
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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JoAnne Burch

Posted at 01:28pm
Having lived across the street from her for four years, during which my daughter’s family was with me for 16 months, we came to know “Ms. Doris” well! She was a rare treasure, opening her heart to my little granddaughters and always welcoming any of us ... allowing the girls to ride their bikes in her large driveways and always providing overflow parking for my guests. Heaven has gained a SPECIAL citizen with her passing; may God give comfort to those of her family - both by blood or choice - who surely miss her! ❤️

Jason and Amber Kelley

Posted at 09:57am
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Djuana KelleyVines

Posted at 05:30pm
Aunt Doris you will be greatly missed. I will cherish all the memories and special times we shared over the years. Much love the Kelley family (John and Djuana)

John, Djuana and Kelley Family

Posted at 04:41pm
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Dr. Billy James Taylor, MD

Posted at 02:19pm
I met Mrs. Doris Bruce Kelly as a sophomore at Howard High School in 1958 in a typing class. She was a very nice warm caring person. Well, in 2014 or there about via serendipity, I discovered that we were cousins. I immediately established a relationship with her. She taught me plenty about the BRUCE family as well as things about herself. I talked with her almost every day. When I visited her, she share information about her early growing up days (cooking breakfast for her parent, she and her mother going down town on the street to Beulah Brothers, that one her mothers teachers became the first president of TSU, also we discussed her TSU days - she used to finish her course work early so that she generate extra money by typing other students research, also she was responsible for president Davis and his wife meeting, she used to go down town in Nashville various women"s clothing to look at latest fashion return to campus make a pattern then make the garment. Also during visits Doris and I would look at lot of her family pictures a journal she kept while at Tennessee A & I. I enjoyed the time spent with her and learned a great deal about her and the Bruce family. Doris was a women before her time but she function well within her time. Hopefully we will be to generate a book telling the "Doris Story". I will miss her! Dr. B. J. Taylor, MD

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