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Sam Pelly, 102 years of age, Adair County, KY (1917-2019)

He was a member of the Columbia United Methodist Church. He loved gardening, taking care of his family farm and spending time with all of his family.

Sam Pelly, 102, of Columbia died peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the same home he was born in on January 24, 1917. Funeral services will be 10amCT Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with burial in the Columbia Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Rev. Paul Patton and Rev. Richie Curtis will be officiating and pallbearers will be David Hutchison, Trevor Murphy, Todd Cundiff, David Pelly, Myron Kean, John Holladay, Tom Holladay, Roger Benningfield and Greg Eastham.

Mr. Pelly was preceded in death by his parents Oliver Cromwell and Mary Elizabeth Evans Pelly and his wife of 74 years Mary McKinley Pelly, who preceded him in 2016.

Mr. Pelly was a member of the Columbia United Methodist Church. He loved gardening, taking care of his family farm and spending time with all of his family.

Survivors include a son Don Pelly (Phyllis) of Columbia, KY; a daughter Linda Pelly of Louisville, KY; a granddaughter Erin Finnegan (Patrick) of Chapel Hill, NC; three great grandchildren Sam, Will and Hadley Finnegan all of Chapel Hill, NC; a sister Wilma Ballou of Henderson, KY and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Columbia United Methodist Church, Egypt Christian Church or Hosparus of Green River.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

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Sam Pelly, 102 at his death, pictured with his wife Mary in 2014

2019-02-17 - Columbia, KY - Photo Columbia archive photo by Linda Waggener.
Sam Pelly died this week in the same Adair County home 102 years after he was born there. Clicking 'read more' goes to his obituary. Sam is pictured with his late wife Mary who passed away in 2016 at age 93. They were photographed here in 2014 at the Columbia United Methodist Church where they were recognized for 72 years of marriage.

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