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In memory of David Kelley

Monday, April 13, 2009

This is part of an article from our local paper.

One Shoals community is remembering the life of a man who served as an example, a motivator, and an inspiration to those around him.

David Kelley coped with disabilities his whole life - hearing loss, difficulty walking, and an inability to speak. However, the handicaps never stopped him from doing what he loved.

Larry Sinyard coached the Lauderdale County High School girls basketball team for 20 years. During that time, he snagged eight state championships. Though the years passed and the players changed, one person remained constant - team manager David Kelley.

"He was a servant," says Sinyard. "He had a servant's heart."

Sinyard's relationship with Kelley went beyond coach and manager.

"It was more like father and son to me," explains Sinyard. "He taught me how to love. He had the biggest heart there ever was."

When Sinyard retired in 1999, his assistant coach Brant Lluwellyn took over. He too, formed a special bond with Kelley.

"David just had a special way of knowing what you were thinking and knowing how you felt," says Lluwellyn. "He was just special to be around."

In January 2008, Kelley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. His sickness sidelined him from his duties as the team manager for the first time. Kelley hadn't missed a season since 1986. Actually, he only missed three games in those 22 years. Lluwellyn says this past season just wasn't the same without him.

"It was just like there was something missing," says Lluwellyn. "He was able to provide a closeness to our team that a lot of teams didn't get to experience."

On Saturday, Kelley's fight with cancer ended. He was 48-years old.

"He was just a magnet," says Karen Brown, a former basketball player and assistant coach. "Everybody loved him and loved to be around him."

Brown is one of eight former players that currently teach at the school. They describe Kelley as a positive, loving, fun, and happy person. To all of them, he was an inspiration.

"We used him countless times as an example to our kids in ways of motivation," explains Brown. "We loved him so much and he will be missed dearly."

Both coaches say that David Kelley's reach went beyond the Shoals area. Kelley traveled with the team to all the state tournaments, so even when they were out of town, people knew who he was.

Visitation for David Kelley will be on Tuesday, April 7th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The funeral is on Wednesday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m. Both services will be held in the gymnasium at Lauderdale County High School.

  
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KARLIEK 5/21/2009 5:39PM

    Sorry for your loss for you and your community. Sorry this is so late to say this, I confess i just read this. Karlie

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GAILYMVT 4/14/2009 6:59PM

    Sounds like your community lost a huge soul and good friend....I will be thinking of you.....

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MS.ELENI 4/13/2009 5:41PM

    Nice blog.Thanks for sharing

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MARILYN150 4/13/2009 3:42PM

    He sounds like an exceptional man and his life will be an inspiration to many. You never know who's life you will touch. This young man knew nothing of us on this site, yet his example is an example to all of us. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. Thank you for posting this.

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STUDIETWO 4/13/2009 12:56PM

    Wow, when you read about someone like that, it makes you evaluate how you are living your life and what people will write about you. It makes you want to smile more, reach out more, give more, love more. Thanks for sharing

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MRSNANABOAT 4/13/2009 12:11PM

    Sounds like he was a great man who will be missed by the community.

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Sunday Night

Sunday, March 08, 2009

TThis is the day the LORD has made, I will rejoice and be glad therein.

  
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LEIONNA 3/30/2009 11:30PM

  hey i hope your having a good night and thanks for walking i to my life i enjoy your hugs.thanks alot! emoticon

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CHEROKEE1946 3/13/2009 12:23PM

    Amen to that emoticon

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I love Friday

Friday, March 06, 2009

The weekend has a lot of promise for me this week, a shower for DIL and our FIRST grandchild. Mimi Janice had a great time shopping for little dresses for Anna Ruth that should make her appearance in about 5 weeks. Since I only had a son, this buying for a granddaughter is going to be fun. I have a lot of practice since my older sister has 5 granddaughters, younger sister has 2, and First cousin- like a sister has three. I have bought a lot of frilly dresses over the years. The quilting may take second place to sewing for a while.
Speaking of quilting, we had our quilt guild meeting last night and the show and tell was wonderful. I don't know how the ladies and gentlemen (we have two) finish all those projects. I am very slow. I am using the flannel from the Charmed Swappers Swap for my Charity quilt this Lent. I found a great easy pattern, have even material for the borders and backing. During Spring Break I will cut and sew it up and then get it quilted.

  
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SUZY6281 3/9/2009 3:30PM

    Hope you weekend was wonderful! Take a photo of the quilt when you finish it. I would love to see it. I'm slow on my projects too. There never seems to be enough time in the day.

suzy

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ANGELBELIEVER 3/6/2009 9:43PM

    I know you're going to love the shower and all those baby gifts. Have fun with the quilting as well.

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MS.ELENI 3/6/2009 7:58PM

    I have never done any quilting but my sister does a lot. I always thought I would try some day. Sounds like you are staying busy. Have a great weekend

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KATHYBFIT 3/6/2009 2:56PM

    Hun, you will love being a Gramma just like I do! My little Grandson who is 4 now, is my sunshine every day! They grow so fast! What fun you'll have spoiling your little sweetheart! When is she arriving?
emoticonKathy

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Well, we had a little snow

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Actually on Sunday about 8:00 we had 1.5 inches of snow on the air conditioner unit. It was beautiful, the snow blew and covered the trunks and branches of the trees. By afternoon most of the snow had melted except in the shade on the north side of the house and in the woods. Even this morning there were patches of snow in the shoddy places. After the warm up tomorrow, all of it should be melted. The kids really had a great time playing and snow ball battles. My husband said it was his kind of snow pretty falling, to look at then gone quickly. I wonted to be home for a couple of snow days.
After my one excursion to measure and report precipitation, Dear husband reminded me of my fall and broken knee and said he wasn't ready to be nurse again. That was the end of the snow for me except through the windows. emoticon

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/6/2009 11:46AM

    Looking at snow falling gently can be an awesome experience. Kind of like having a connection to nature. That's the one thing I miss about not being up north any more - the first snow of winter is magical. Like you, I don't do well on ice and snow because of knee replacements and a fear of falling. I love the warmer temperatures here in Florida. It is a little strange that the growing season for flowers down here is so totally different. The petunias that are on my page were planted in the beginning of November and are still going strong. When the sun becomes intense in another two months, they'll get crispy and I'll have to pull them out! Have a wonderful weekend!

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ANGELBELIEVER 3/5/2009 11:43PM

    Thanks for walking all the way over to my page in the snow to say HI and give m that hug. I hope you didn't fall on the way over here. I don't have to worry abut snow in central Fl. emoticon

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OPENMYMIND_2 3/3/2009 4:20PM

    Broken knees heal. Snow falls but rarely in Alabama. I would say GO FOR IT.

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Snow in North Alabama

Saturday, February 28, 2009

I live in western North Alabama and e seldom get snow here. They are predicting from 2-5 inches for our area. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Maybe enought for a proper snowman or at least a skinny one
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RD03875 3/6/2009 7:22AM

    We used to live in Huntsville (AL) from 1981-1984. It snowed in December of 1983 and if I remember correctly, November of 1981 around Thanksgiving.
Enjoy your snow!

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RED123ROSE 3/2/2009 10:39PM

    Hi, I'm mona thanks for the hug on my page. I'm from south Alabama and once again we got nothing. I was praying for snow. emoticon

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CATIATM 3/2/2009 12:11PM

    I live in an area that never sees snow, so I hope you get a bit to enjoy, whether your snowman is skinny or fat!

Thanks for walking over to my page - now go put some shoes on those poor feet if you're going to walk around in the snow! emoticon

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MOMMY-TO-4 3/2/2009 11:58AM

    I live in central Alabama and we got alot yesterday. My kids loved it. I was just as excited as they were!!!

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