Morristown resident, Orangie Lee Kelley, 94, passed away peacefully on her own terms February 10 at her home. She had told her family and pastor that she was ready to meet the Lord. Orangie was born in a covered wagon in Oklahoma in 1925 and she grew up in South Texas on a farm-ranch where she herded cattle on horseback and churned butter for the family business. In 1945, she married Tennessee native, James Quinton Kelley, a World War II G.I., and they raised a family in East Tennessee and were married for 69 years.
Orangie operated a children’s day care center for many years, and later a nutritional supplement business, all while continuing her love of organic vegetable gardening.
In retirement, she and her husband traveled the United States extensively with their Airstream R.V. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church since 1964.
Orangie was the last living character in a 2017 book written about her husband’s life and his WWII experiences, including their wartime romance, Hillbillies to Heroes.
Survivors include her daughters, Gerri and Jimmy Trent of Morristown and Sherie Kelley of New York; son, Al and Beverley Kelley of Kingston; grandchildren, Tony and Tammy Trent and David and Lisa Kelley; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Trevor Trent and Zoey Kelley; special caregiver, Ethel Hudgens.
The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Hillcrest Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Williams officiating. The interment will follow in Hamblen Memory Gardens. Contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund or the Food Pantry, 410 Liberty Hill Road, Morristown, TN 37813.
Arrangements by Alder Funeral Home