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4/11/2021 11:15:00 AM
Christopher Jerome "Chris" Kelly
May 19, 1965-April 9, 2021

Christopher “Chris” Jerome Kelly, 55, of Newton passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Carolina Caring in Newton. 

He was born May 19, 1965 in Rutherford County to the late Perry Watkins and to Beverly Kelly Johnson of Forest City. Chris was employed with EZ Cars of Hickory. He was organized, hardworking, a loyal friend and loved children.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Barry Kelly.

Those left to cherish his memory are:

Wife of 10 years: Deanna White Kelly of the home

Sons: Christopher Corpening of Asheboro, Christopher White of Newton, Channing Kelly of Newton

Daughter: Tayla Corpening of Asheboro 

Mother: Beverly Kelly Johnson and husband Leonard of Morganton 

Brothers: Tanis Watkins of Charlotte, Rodney Watkins and wife Chassandra of Lancaster, SC

Sisters: Tammy Kelly of Charlotte, Cleargue Johnson of Morganton, Tamara Watkins of Raleigh

A memorial service to celebrate Chris’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service, 7878 NC Hwy 16, Newton, NC 28658. Rev. Theodore Kelly will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Condolences may be sent to the Kelly family at

The Kelly family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111.


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