Tony Allen Kelly

Published 11:47 am Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Tony Allen Kelly died on Nov. 8, 2010, unexpectedly in Philadelphia, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Karen McBride Kelly; three daughters, Shannon Kelly, Paige Pawson (Todd) and Alix Overbeek (Dan); four grandsons; one granddaughter; a sister, Nan Law of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and five nieces and nephews.

Born in Decatur, Ind., on May 17, 1939, the son of Helen DeVor Kelly (deceased) and Roger Kelly (deceased) spent his youth there and was a graduate of Indiana University. Karen McBride of Vicksburg and Tony Kelly were married on Oct. 21, 1966, in Vicksburg.

He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge No. 571, F.&A.M., and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI Inc.

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His earlier careers began as a teacher and expanded to being a special agent with the FBI. After the Bureau, he pursued a new career in labor relations in the construction industry, which consumed 38 years of his working life. He spent 17 years with Townsend & Bottum Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 2002, he retired as vice president of labor relations from Black and Veatch, a global engineering and construction firm based in Kansas City, Kan.

He was a member of the board of directors of Associated Maintenance Contractors Association and the North American Contractors Association. After his retirement, he was a consultant to numerous major corporations and was a leading construction industry arbitrator.

Golf was his final career. He was an active member of the St. Johns Men’s Golf Association in Elkton, Fla.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Craig Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Smith of Ann Arbor officiating. There will be an interment service at Wintergreen Cemetery on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Port Gibson, Miss.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The First Tee of St. Johns County, 4401 Cypress Links Blvd, Elkton, FL 32033, the Wintergreen Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 91, Port Gibson, MS 39150, the Breast Cancer Foundation or the Heart Association.

Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.