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Pete Kellett

Carlton Ray “Pete” Kellett





Carlton Ray “Pete” Kellett, 77, of 3608 Todd Quarter Road and husband of Leila Cook Kellett, passed away Monday, May 17, 2021.


Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late John George Kellett and Jessie Fuller Kellett Duncan. Mr. Kellett was a US Army veteran and also served in the US Navy Seabees during Vietnam. During his service in the military, he also served with the VFW Color Guard to honor our veterans. He was a retired insurance agent and then retired as a truck driver with Box USA. He was a member of Gospel Tabernacle in Laurens, enjoyed woodworking and was a jack-of-all-trades who was proud that he taught his children to have the ability to do anything themselves.  


In addition to his wife, he is survived by: children, Angela K. Rugh (James) of Portsmouth, VA, Carlton R. Kellett, II (Sheila) of Laurens, Christopher L. Kellett (Michelle) of Laurens and John M. Kellett of Waterloo; grandchildren, Ashley K. McElhannon (Matt), Kyle Kellett, Kimberly K. Grant (AJ), Christopher Rugh (Anna), Luke Kellett (Kayla), Joseph Rugh, Daniel Kellett and Cathleen Rugh; great-grandchildren, Braden McElhannon, Cooper McElhannon, Carter Kellett, Malikih Grant and Finley Kellett; and a sister, Shirley K. Smith of Cross Anchor.


In addition to his parents, Pete was predeceased by a grandson, Henry Kellett; and siblings, Robert “Buck” Kellett, Perry Kellett and Pat K. Lyda; and a step-father, Bill Duncan.


Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Gospel Tabernacle in Laurens conducted by Rev. Leon Bible and Rev. Terry Wilkerson with burial to follow in the Cross Hill Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the memorial service.


The family will be at the home of his son, Christopher Kellett, 591 Deerfield Drive, Laurens, SC 29360.


Memorials may be made to Hospice and Pallative Care of Greenwood, 408 W. Alexander Ave., Greenwood, SC 29649.


Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.


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Leila i am so sorry for your loss. I love you and will pray for your comfort.

Lurline Threatt May 27 2021 12:00 AM

Prayers for family and friends. May God comfort you and walk closely with you . Hold to your sweet memories.

BettyAnn Spires May 19 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pete Kellett

Sandra Laws May 19 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pete Kellett

Cynthia Stone May 19 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pete Kellett

Rickey and Brenda Hyder May 18 2021 12:00 AM

Leila and Family, Just letting you know that I am Praying for you during this Time.

Brenda Hartline Townsend May 18 2021 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you and your family, Leila. May the peace of our Lord surround you all at this time.

Rick & Janine Metcalf May 18 2021 12:00 AM

Leila and family, I was sadden to see Mr. Kellett had been called home. It was such a pleasure to see and talk with both of you a few weeks ago. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God comfort you all during this time and days ahead.

Sheila Vanderford Calvert May 18 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pete Kellett

Cathy Owens May 18 2021 12:00 AM