Hometown: Hawesville, KY
Date of Birth: June 1, 1881
Date of Death: September 14, 1948
Legal Name: Edward Patrick Kelly
Biography - Edward P, Kelly, History of Kentucky by American Historical Society (1922)
Edward P. Kelly was reared on his father's farm in Hancock County and attended the public schools and made such progress in his studies that his watchful parents decided upon giving him further educational advantages. He was therefore sent to the Kentucky State University at Lexington. Kentucky, from which he was graduated in 1906 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and then for the subsequent nine years was engaged in teaching school. He rose to be principal of the Richmond schools, holding this responsible position for five years, and during that time became one of the most popular educators in that region.
Mr. Kelly is a very ambitious man, and while acquiring honors in the educational field, determined to widen his scope of usefulness and so studied law and was admitted to the bar at Shepherdsville, Kentucky, after he attended the Danville University at Danville, Indiana, in 1911. He began the practice of his profession at Hawesville, and built up a wide connection. When his cousin, who was postmaster of Hawesville, died in 1920, he was appointed to fill the vacancy, and since January 23, 1920, has been acting postmaster.
In politics he is a Democrat, and has been very active in local affairs. The Catholic Church holds his membership and receives his earnest support. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus and is zealous in behalf of that order.
During the late war he was one of the active war workers, and among other duties voluntarily assumed he discharged those pertaining to membership of the Legal Advisory Board.
In 1912 Mr. Kelly was married at Knoxville, Kentucky, to Edwina Lanham. They have no children. Mr. Kelly has a most extensive acquaintanceship and a well-established reputation for integrity, ability and good fellowship wherever he is known.
Hancock County Leading Citizen Passed Away - Hancock (KY) Clarion, September 16, 1948
Edward P. Kelly, long a prominent personage in legal and political circles of Hancock County and western Kentucky, died at the Lady of Mercy Hospital in Owensboro, Tuesday morning at 3:45, having been admitted there late Monday. His death followed many months of declining health, his condition becoming critical a few days prior to his death.
Mr. Kelly graduated from the law school of the University of Kentucky in the class of 1906, returning to his native county, where he began the practice of law. For a few terms he was also Principle of Beechmont High School soon retiring from that profession, although he loved it, to follow the legal trend of life.
At the time of his death he was serving his third term as county attorney of Hancock, being an ardent member of the Democratic party, but numbering among his friends and supporters, people of both political parties.
Mr. Kelly was awarded a Congressional Citation of Merit at the conclusion of World War II for his faithful and impartial rendering of duty in the Selective Service during the war.
He was long a member of the State Bar Association, being well known and prominent among the attorneys of the state.
Mr. Kelly was a devout member of the Catholic Church, being a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of this city his entire life, daily giving of his best zealously and happily in service to his religion. He was a member of the Tell City Commandry of the Knights of Columbus.
Being ever faithful to the church of his choice and the political belief which he supported, he was just as willing to be ever helpful and ever considerate to his friends regardless of creed or belief. He was a friend to all classes giving of his services, often offering his most helpful advice and service to those he knew were least able to compensate him.
By the testimony of his many friends of the county, it can be well and simply said that Hancock county citizenship has lost a cheerful, loyal friend whose memory will be cherished by many for numerous favors never mentioned in life.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edwina Lanham Kelly, a sister, Sister Mary Phillip, Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville, and three nieces Mrs. Coy Ogle, of this city; Mrs. Tom Mattingly, of Louisville, and Mrs. Joseph Bunte, of Gary, Ind.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. The services consisted of a Solemn Requiem High Mass, Sermon and Absolution. All the former pastors of Immaculate Conception Church who cold be present took aprt in the solemn burial services. The Rev. Anthony Higdon, present pastor, was the celebrant; the Rev. James W. Mills deacon; the Rev. Anthony Gherts, subdeacon; the Rev. Walter Hancock, master of ceremonies; the Rev. J.J. Rives delivered the sermon. The Rev. Leo Smith, a former pastor, was unable to attend.