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KELLEY ERNEST McKINLEY a resident of Detroit, Michigan, was received in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, Saturday, August 27, 2011. He was 83 years old. Born on July 24, 1928 in Orangeburg, South Carolina to the late David and Geneva Kelley, he is survived by daughters Dr. Ursula Kelley-Wash (Dr. David Wash) and Ingrid Kelley. Ernest was predeceased by daughter Geneva Collins. Loving grandfather of Jonelle and Justin Collins, and Carrington Wash; and great-grandfather to Nathan Chandler. Ernest was a proud veteran who served his country in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and the Korean War. Ernest had a successful career at Motown Records and established a promotion and marketing company, Inter/Soul Promotions- a pillar of success in the industry. Funeral Service Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 11 a.m . at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, 6330 Pembroke, Detroit, MI 48221 with Family Hour at 10 a.m. Visitation Tuesday 3- 8 p.m. and Wednesday 9a.m. - 8 p.m. at C.W. Morris-J.W. Henry Funeral Home, 12700 Hamilton Ave., Highland Park, MI 48288. View and sign on-line guest book at www.morrishenryfuneralhome.com

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Rev. Dr. Darryl Totty, Conant Avenue United Methodist Church08/30/2011

RESOLUTION ??Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.? 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (New King James Version) WHEREAS our Eternal God, Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our Father, has called unto Himself; the dear soul of ERNEST MCKINLEY KELLEY, beloved father of Dr. Ursula Kelley-Wash of the Foundation of Early Learners PNC Grow Up Great Supervisor in Detroit, Michigan. WHEREAS we are bound to the entire family through Christian love and sympathy, we share the family??s sorrow as our sorrow, and enfold them in our prayers. BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that we, the members of Conant Avenue United Methodist Church, pay our honor and respect to ERNEST MCKINLEY KELLEY in the celebration of his homegoing as we commend the family to the care and keeping of the One who promises never to leave them, nor forsake them; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we pledge to continually be in prayer with the family in this, their time of bereavement. BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution shall be mailed to the family, and a copy shall be placed in the records of the Archives of Conant Avenue United Methodist Church, Respectfully submitted, Your sisters and brothers in Christ Rev. Dr. Darryl E. Totty, Pastor This 1st day of September, in the year of our Lord, 2011

Ken Knox08/31/2011

On behalf of the Knox Family: We share with you in the loss of your father and our friend Ernest.Ernest brought joy to us and will never be forgotten.Our prayers are with you.

Rosa Williams08/31/2011

He was a good friend to everyone he met. He is with the Lord in a better place.. Rosa Willams, Fort Mill,SC

Jane Smith08/31/2011

May God Keep you in prayer

Dorothy Riley09/01/2011

My heart goes out to the family for the loss of Ernest. He was a good man and a good friend. I will miss his wisdom and experiences.

Diane Steinberg-Lewis09/21/2011

Ernest Kelly was always a blessing to me. I remember days when he would come to our house, or see him at the radio station promoting his records. He was a household name and a very dear friend. If it had not been for Ernest's influence I would not have been so astute about music publishing, copyrighting, and the pros and cons of the music business at such an early stage in my career. I have since taught many of my students and fellow contemporaries the basics because of Ernest Kelly, After my mother, Martha Jean, The Queen passed in Jan, 29, 2000, he was always connection with the history and legacy of Motown always reminding me about his and my mother's role in the making of Motown. He advised me on many things. He loved the recording industry, the artists, and the LEGACY fo what Detroit is really all about. His last call to me STILL on my messages is "Hi, Diane, my dear friend, this is Ernest Kelly" and a loyal friends he was and will all ways be in my heart.

CARRINGTON WASH12/31/2013

HELLO HEAVENLY GRANDFATHER YOU ARE IN GOD'S HAND'S ON MY SHOULDERS AND ON MY SIDE FOREVER TO BE BLESSED ON EVERY SIDE OF MY HEART I WISH I REALY WISH I REALY WISH THAT I HAD ANGEL WINGS TO BRING YOU BACK HOME TO LIVE A LONGER LIFE AND SAFE LIFE! WITH ALL MY HEART AND WITH ALL MY LOVE TELL EVERYBODY HI AND GOD! LOVE YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER LOVE CARRINGTON WASH

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