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Edward James “E.J.” Kelly III, age 39, of Atlanta, passed away suddenly on January 31, 2018 from cardiac arrest.
E.J. was born on December 30, 1978 in Irving, TX. He studied business at Kent State and Ohio State University before eventually becoming a Home Renovator and Investment Property Manager, which he did successfully for 10 years. He was talented in his field and had the personality of a born salesman, though his greatest gift was his genius imagination which resulted in many novel inventions. He was known to be very intelligent and athletic in his younger years and participated in many sports including soccer, wrestling, tennis, baseball, basketball and was even offered a scholarship in ballet due to his incredible dance skills. On top of that he also possessed a great talent for drawing and poetry, gathering much of his inspiration from his deep love of nature, the beach, and his local favorite, Piedmont Park. Known by his cousins as “EJ the DJ”, he was always the first to show his friends and family the newest and greatest music. He was a true modern-day renaissance man of many talents and abilities. He will be remembered as a champion with a big heart who loved his friends, his family and his life. He was the life of the party with a memorable laugh, a charming smile and beautiful blue eyes. E.J. was deeply loved and admired and will be missed by countless friends and family members.
E.J. was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Edward James Kelly I and maternal grandfather, Donald Peterson. E.J. is survived by his mother: Sherri Kelly of Sandy Springs; father and step-mother: Edward and Anita Kelly of Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; siblings: Katie Kelly and husband Gavin of Peachtree City, Grace Kelly and special friend Matt of Los Angeles, CA, Brandy Steele and husband Jason of Loganville, Taylor Carpenter and wife Elizabeth of Dallas-Forth Worth, TX, Dalton Loughran of Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, and James Carpenter of Dawsonville, GA; maternal grandmother: Lois Peterson of Maryland Heights, MO; paternal grandmother: Loretta Kelly of Saint Charles, MO; aunts and uncles: Godmother Karen Schooling, David Maldonado, Maureen Short, Shawn and Kim Kelly, Tim Kelly and Anita Geiger, Heather Connell, Godfather Steve and Susan Peterson, Laurie Fernau; nieces and nephews: Bella, Jude, and Ryder; cousins; Ryan, Ian, Collin Sheenah, Shane, Casey, Timothy, Tristen, Lauren, Patrick, Austin, Madi, Ryan, Chad Zachary, Greg, Todd and Colleen, and his beloved pit bull Gucci.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at Twisted Taco, 115 Glynn Street South, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Friends may join the Kelly family to share thoughts, memories and stories of E.J. as they commemorate his life.
Flowers can be sent to the venue by 12PM on Saturday, otherwise they can be sent to 108 St Andrews Square, Peachtree City, GA 30269.
If you’d rather make a donation in his name, any memorial contributions may be made to The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center. (Completely optional to add memorial contributions if you’d like friends and family to make donations to an organization in E.J.’s honor.)
The Kelly family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.