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“Paris was the aunt of my sister in law, Sherry Rockett. I met her many times. She was always a sweet lady who always had candy. My heart goes out to...Read More »
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“I took care of David and Michael when they lived on Enon Rd. I remember Paris being the sweetest person and she had great kids. This goes back many...Read More »
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“Paris was a good friend of my mother, Anne Harris. I would often find them chatting and supporting each other. May you find peace and comfort in...Read More »
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“Rest In Peace I have lovely memories of our time shared. ”
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“Wonderful memories of Paris at FBC Valdese. Much love to her children and grandchildren as well as her sister, Nadine and the Rockets. ”
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Mrs. Paris Keever Kelly of Valdese, 91, passed away peacefully on October 19 at Shaire Center where she had been a resident since 2012.

Paris was born on May 7, 1927 in Burke County to the late Oliver D. Keever and Donnie Singleton Keever. She graduated from Valdese High School where she was Salutatorian in the Class of 1945 and began work in the local textile factories. Paris married Everett O. Kelly in 1947 after he returned to Valdese from service in the U.S. Navy as a submariner in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

After her sons began school at Valdese Elementary School, Paris returned to the work force at Alba-Waldensian Inc. where she worked until her retirement. She was a dedicated member of Valdese First Baptist Church for more than sixty years and served the church in many capacities. She particularly loved singing in the church choir for many years under the guidance of several wonderful music directors, including Virginia Fite Riddle, her classmate and close friend from the Class of 1945.

In addition to her parents, Paris was preceded in death by her husband Everett, her older sister Nellie Jean Keever and her dear brother-in-law J.D. Baker.

Survivors include her sons David (Xiaohong "Maggie" Wang) of Hoover, Alabama and Michael (Marsha) of Greensboro, her sister Nadine Keever Baker, grandchildren Marie McCain (Matthew) of Alabaster, Alabama, David R. Kelly, Jr. (Jennifer) of Kernersville, Mary Kristen Kelly (Maria) of Raleigh, Jennifer Kate Kelly of Charlottesville, Virginia and Xianming "Sean" Li of Palo Alto, California.

Surviving great grandchildren are Madelyn, Zachary and Amelia of Alabaster, and Michael, Theo, Mitch and Will of Raleigh.

Paris is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews and nieces, including her niece Sherry Baker Rockett and her husband Bruce, who along with Paris's sister Nadine and husband J.D., provided constant love, care and companionship to Paris, particularly after the death of her husband Everett.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. and funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Valdese First Baptist Church with Rev. Josh Lail and Rev. Tim Horldt officiating. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Cemetery with David R. Kelly, Jr., Matthew J. McCain, W. Allan Huneycutt, Jr., Bruce Rockett, Xianming "Sean" Li and James Benton Brinkley serving as pallbearers.

The family expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude for the love and care given to Paris by the health care providers and caretakers at Shaire Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Valdese First Baptist Church, 500 Faet St. NW, Valdese, N.C. 28690.