William David O'Kelley, Jr.

Born: Thu., Sep. 17, 1942
Died: Tue., May 17, 2016


Graveside Service

Sun., May 22, 2016
Location: Rutledge City Cemetery


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William David “Buddy” O’Kelley, Jr of Rutledge, died May 17, 2016.  He was a native of Rutledge, born on September 17, 1942 to William D. O’Kelley, Sr. and Helen O’Kelley Brown.  After graduating from Morgan County High School, Buddy obtained an education degree from Berry College.   He later earned a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a Specialists degree from Jacksonville State.  He taught at Pepperell High School for thirty years and also served as Principal at Pepperell Junior High.  Buddy also spent time teaching at the college level.  William “Buddy” O’Kelley loved to make others laugh.  He was a devoted member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Mr. O’Kelley is survived by a son, William David “Bill” O'Kelley, III & Robyn of Lindale, GA.  He also leaves a number of cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 PM at the Rutledge City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church 3861 Ebenezer Church Road Social Circle, GA 30025.

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Pauline Stewart Banks
   Posted Wed May 18, 2016
I attended Rutledge Grammar School with Buddy from first through seventh grades. Sorry to hear of his passing, and send my condolences to family and friends.

emory and marinell thompson
   Posted Thu May 19, 2016
Prayers and thoughts are with the family at the time. Emory and Buddy and some of the other Rutledge boys shared alot of fun times together. Those memories are not easily forgotten. Rest in peace "Buddy"

Jackie Welchel
   Posted Thu May 19, 2016
Mr. O'Kelley was our Assistant Principal at Pepperell High when I was a student there. I had the utmost respect for him. He was a class act. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Sheila Wright Trapp
   Posted Fri May 20, 2016
One of Mr. O'Kelly's first students. Boy, did we give him a hard time! He was just too good to be teaching a class of wild eighth graders. Over the years I would see him in different settings, and he was just the same as when I was a girl. Always reminded me of the antics of my best friend and myself. It breaks my heart to hear of his passing. I will always remember him with fond memories.

Linda Spivey
   Posted Fri May 20, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. O'Kelley. He was a great teacher, principal, employee, and friend. I am praying for the family. Proverbs 3:5

v. thompson
   Posted Sat May 21, 2016
My sincere condolences to the family of Buddy O’Kelley, Jr. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8) With deepest sympathy,

Vickie Shaw
   Posted Mon May 23, 2016
Coach O'Kelley is one of my most memorable teachers. He brought American History to life at Pepperell and put so many smiles on the faces of those of us he coached with his antics. He will always be remembered fondly. My condolences to the family for your loss. May you have peace in knowing he touched the lives of so many!

Steve Johnston
   Posted Tue May 24, 2016
As a co-worker with Buddy at Pepperell High School, I knew him to be a good teacher,a good principal, but most of all a good friend. Had he not been a educator, he could have a professional comedian. He was a great story teller. Many stories that he shared were at his own expense. Some were probably true. We will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill and the rest of the family,

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