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Anthony Kelly

June 12, 1935 — January 3, 2024

Charleston, SC

Anthony Kelly

Anthony Odrian Kelly of Charleston, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at the age of 88. He was the son of the late John and Delia Finnegan Kelly.

Tony was born on June 12, 1935, in Dublin, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States in 1963 to complete his master's degree and PhD at Columbia University. He spent his career as a leader in the textiles industry, retiring in the role of the president and CEO of Mannington Mills.

Outside of his successful business career, Tony had a deep commitment to his faith and his family. He was an avid golfer and sports fan, especially of Notre Dame football.

In addition to his parents, Tony is preceded in death by his brothers, John and Michael and his sisters: May, Kathleen, and Patricia.

Tony is survived by his wife of sixty years, Sheila Kelly; his children: Barbara Eckstein (Billy), Adrienne Reed (Bob), and Damian Kelly (Natalie); as well as his 8 grandchildren: Alex, Brenna, and Caitlin Eckstein; Jack, Sam, and Nicholas Reed; and Lauren and Justin Kelly.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Church of the Nativity, 1061 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412.

In place of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Church of the Nativity

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, 347 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, 843-614-8494.

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, January 12, 2024

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