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James O. O'Kelley

April 22, 1935 ~ September 19, 2018 (age 83)

Mr. James Owen O’Kelley, 83, entered into rest Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the Veteran’s Victory House in Walterboro.


Born April 22, 1935 in Asheville, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Owen Edward O’Kelley and Margaret Lorine English O’Kelley.  Mr. O’Kelley served his country faithfully in the United States Army for 28 years, where he was a Special Forces Airborne Ranger.  During his service in the Army, he received many commendations and medals including the Purple Heart.  After retirement, he became a Captain for the Salvation Army in Jacksonville, North Carolina and Georgetown, South Carolina. 


Surviving are: his wife of 60 years, Joyce McClurg O’Kelley of Conway; son, Patrick James O’Kelley of Lillington, North Carolina; daughter-in-law, Alice Rose O’Kelley; grandchildren, Cailin O’Kelley, Adelise O’Kelley, and Katrianne O’Kelley; sister, Owena Chambers of Sun Lakes, Arizona; special friend, Bette Bryson of Conway; and one that he loved as a daughter, Julie Ryan of Hamstead, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his son, Sean O’Kelley.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.  


Arrangements by:    THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, 843.538.5408.  Visit the registry online at:



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