Obituary of Greg Kelly
Gregory Dana Kelly passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 24th, 2023 after a battle with cancer. We are saddened that we will be without him, but rejoice that he is now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on February 11th, 2023 at Cross Point Church-Mount Juliet, located at 85 Athens Drive Mount Juliet, TN 37122. A visitation will take place prior to the service at 2:30 P.M. and the family will receive friends and family after the service at Avid Holiday Inn, located at 75 Belinda Parkway Mount Juliet, TN from 5:30 -9:30 P.M.
Greg was born on September 5th, 1963 in Elizabethton, TN to the late Phyllis Capps Kelly and Roger Flynn Kelly. He graduated from Dobbins Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN in 1981 then went on to study Business Administration at The University of Tennessee, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree. After graduating in 1986, he began his career as a supervisor at Kaiser Roth Hosiery and held Operations Management positions at Modine Manufacturing, Formrite Corporation, Rockwell Automation and Nortel Networks. Greg was Director, Fulfillment and Manufacture Operations at Dell, Senior Vice President of Operations-Contract Logistics at Genco Supply Chain Solutions, Senior Vice President Operations at Miraca Life Sciences, Global IT Director and Supply Chain Operations Management at General Motors and ended his career as CEO of Heartland Steel Products. Although Greg had success at each position the people and life long friendships made at each company were most important to him.
Greg enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, vacationing at the beach, and listening to music at his pool. Greg loved attending the University of Tennessee Volunteers football games, taking any opportunity he could to see live music, and was an avid fan of Professional Wrestling. He was at his happiest as long as he was surrounded by family and some loud music. Greg was a member of Cross Point Church where he volunteered on the churches media team. He was an active member of the church and enjoyed spending time with the men in his life group. He gave back to his community as a member of the Board of Directors at STARS Nashville. Through the years Greg supported Younglife, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity and Hospital Hospitality House.
He was proceeded in death by his mother Phyllis Capps Kelly, niece Ashely Elizabeth Kelly, and beloved grandparents. He is survived by his beloved wife Julie West Kelly, children Lauren Elizabeth Kelly and Matthew Wyatt Kelly. As well as, his father Roger Flynn Kelly, brothers Jeffery Martin Kelly and David Glenn Kelly, and many other loved nieces, cousins, and family members.
In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made in Greg’s name to any of the organizations below.
The Gregory D. Kelly Memorial Supply Chain Management Scholarship is in partnership with The University of Tennessee and LFM Capital/Heartland Steel Products. This Scholarship will support students who intend to receive a Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee.
STARS Nashville mission-to help young people pursue their unlimited potential by providing hope, health and connection. STARS offers evidence based programs and services for grades K-12 in Middle Tennessee. Greg has supported this organization for over 20 years.
Greg valued giving to Cross Point Church to support the church and many local community projects. You may send a check to Cross Point Church Attn: Mt. Juliet Campus P.O. Box 60468 Nashville, TN 37206 or by using the link below.
Henry Smith is the 10-month old son of the Kelly family’s friends, Taylor and Aubrey Smith. He is currently at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt awaiting a heart transplant. The Smith Family has partnered with Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) to help raise funds in honor of Henry. Please use the link below to donate to COTA in honor of Henry and remembrance of Greg.