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Ronald Wayne Kelso

December 12, 1950 — July 1, 2023

   Ronald Wayne Kelso, 72, of 103 Green Run Court, Elizabeth City, NC, passed away and joined his Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 1, 2023 from his home where he was cared for by his family.

   Mr. Kelso was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 12, 1950, and was the son of the late Thomas Lee and Betty Jo Jester Kelso. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, JoElla Reneé Kelso Alexander.

   Mr. Kelso retired as a Shot Peen Operator with Diamond Chains in 2011. He had been an evangelist and pastor in the Pentecostal Holiness faith for 49 years and since moving to Elizabeth City two and a half years ago had found his church family with Fountain of Life Church.

   Surviving is his wife of 53 years, Sandra Raye Kelso; two daughters, Nicole Thomas (husband, Chris) of Bloomington, IN and Michele Kelso of Elizabeth City; his son, Ronald Wayne Kelso II (wife, Shannon) of Indianapolis; three brothers, Tom, Randy, and Gary Kelso, all of Indiana; ten grandchildren, Ashli, Kati, Brittany, Sandi, Keith, Noah, John, Vanessa, Bailey, and Corin; and four great-grandchildren, Marie, Cora, Everlee, and Jonathan.

   A service in Celebration of his Life will be held Saturday, July 8th, at 3:00 p.m. in Fountain of Life Church and will be conducted by Pastor Hans Hess. Friends may visit with the family in the church immediately following the service or other times at the residence.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Fountain of Life Church, 1107 Highway 17, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, or to any chapter of the American Cancer Society, online at

   Online condolences may be made by visiting

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