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Patrick Nealley Kelly

Posted By obits On February 13, 2022 @ 10:12 am In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 37 Comments

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Thursday, February 10, 2022, Patrick Nealley Kelly passed away unexpectedly at the age of 45. Patrick was born on October 30, 1976 in Portland, Maine to James Kelly and Barbara (Moore) Kelly.

He graduated from Methodist College in May 2000 with a degree in Professional Golf Management. He started his golf career that same month at Nags Head Golf Links as a cart boy and advanced to today’s position as Head Pro and General Manager.

He married the love of his life Karen Nunemaker on October 11, 2003 and together they have two beautiful daughters, Sara Nealley (15) and Ashley Nichole (11). You could see his pride and love whenever he talked about his girls. He followed and supported their sports and school events faithfully. He dearly loved time at the beach riding the waves and boggie boards with his girls.

Patrick had a passion for golf starting at an early age. He played at his local course Val Halla where he also enjoyed summer employment, giving him the opportunity to hone his talent. He was one of Greely High School’s greatest golfers being part of the school’s team to earn State Championships during his four years of play. Living in Maine golf was seasonal so downhill skiing was his winter passion. He was never discouraged by the cold if the opportunity to ski was presented, he was ready. Patrick loved bringing Sara and Ashley to visit Maine in the summer giving them the opportunity to know and love their Maine families.

Patrick is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Sara and Ashley; his parents Barbara Kelly and James Kelly of Maine; his mother-in-law Chris M. Nunemaker, father-in-law Buster Nunemaker, and brother-in-law Kevin Nunemaker all of Nags Head and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held at Twiford Funeral Home Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The funeral service will be at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Manteo on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Outer Banks Community Foundation Scholarship Fund in memory of Patrick Kelly.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.


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Condolence from Randy Blouin on February 13th, 2022 11:32 am

PK…the boys and I had a hell of a zoom get together in your honor. Although we all went our separate ways, the four years we had at Methodist were some of my best years period, and you were part of that. We were there when you met Karen and very obviously fell head over heels for this UNC gal. Driving to Raleigh as much as you could to see her. Im sure your little girls are sad for the short time they had with you, but I’m also sure that you left them with a blueprint for them to become successful young women. I will miss you, PK!
Karen, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of the guys. (it’s Randy) I will do whatever I can to help out.

Condolence from Cheryl Ryan on February 13th, 2022 11:38 am

We are so sad to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.
David & Cheryl Ryan

Condolence from Rick Murrell on February 13th, 2022 12:36 pm

PK, this all still doesn’t seem real and just completely unfair. It seems like we were all at Methodist just yesterday and it was some of the best times of my life. Time goes by so incredibly fast and although we could all do a better job of staying in touch, our crew will always be the best of friends. You were an incredible person and friend and I have no doubt an amazing husband and father. Karen, your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers and please reach out if we can help in anyway. PK, we will all miss you very much.
God bless,
Murrell Family

Condolence from Kathleen Brehony on February 13th, 2022 12:51 pm

I am heartbroken and sending love to Karen, Ashley, Sara, and the rest of Patrick’s Family. A tragedy.

Condolence from Melissa Williams on February 13th, 2022 1:10 pm

Karen I’m so very sorry for you and your families loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you my friend.

Condolence from Whitney Twiford Waddington on February 13th, 2022 2:00 pm

You’re all in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers.

Condolence from Earlene and Tony Sawyer on February 13th, 2022 3:19 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Holding you and the girls in our thoughts and prayers. Please give hugs to Ashley for us.
Earlene and Tony Sawyer
Eli’s Nana and Grandad)

Condolence from Michael Johnson on February 13th, 2022 4:00 pm

Pat was classmate and golf team member with our son at Greely High and as kind a young man as one could ever “play a round” with. It’s been many years since then, but we can still see that kind young man’s smile in Pat’s photo and it brings back warm and delightful memories. Peace……… Michael and Janice Johnson

Condolence from Mike & Mary McDonough on February 13th, 2022 4:02 pm

Dear Barbara: Mary and I were both shocked and very saddened to hear this news about Patrick. It seems like yesterday that we were following Patrick and Joe golfing for Greely H.S. Patrick was a fine young man and we always enjoyed talking to him at Valhalla. He was always a gentleman and a kind person.
We will connect with you when you return home.
God Bless.

Condolence from Courtney Quillin on February 13th, 2022 4:51 pm

Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you, your girls and the rest of your family during this very difficult tune.

Condolence from Angie Brady-Daniels on February 13th, 2022 5:53 pm

Patrick was always such a great help to me when we were hosting golf tournament fundraisers for the chamber of commerce. He was always calm and caring. I always looked forward to seeing him at the club and catching up on our families. He will be greatly missed! My condolences to Karen and his beautiful girls.

Condolence from Stuart & Sharon Serine on February 13th, 2022 6:03 pm

Hey Karen and girls so sorry for your loss.My deepest sympathy to you all. Coach Stu

Condolence from Linda & George Pearce, Manteo, NC on February 13th, 2022 11:55 pm

We send our sincere sympathy to Karen and all the family. So sorry for this sad loss.

Condolence from Andy Smith on February 14th, 2022 9:33 am

Karen and girls-
I have never had the pleasure of meeting you but I knew Pat very well as a pseudo little brother. We shared many rounds of golf at Val Halla as teammates, co-workers and friends. PK loved the game so much and he was ALWAYS at the course. I remember many mornings driving by the clubhouse on a mower and seeing PK sitting on the front steps waiting for someone to show up and let him in so he could start pulling out carts. Him working as a golf pro and GM was a predictable career path as was him being a wonderful dad and husband. I have many wonderful memories of PK that I will always cherish and only wish I had known of his illness and could’ve done something to support him.

Condolence from anna sadler on February 14th, 2022 9:57 am

Karen, Ashley and Sara, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and know your wondereful memories, family and friends will help you all get thru this time. God be with all of you.

Condolence from Amy Musil on February 14th, 2022 10:28 am

Karen and family,
Patrick was such a great mentor to our son, Dylan and
our families Paths crossed several times with
Careing for elders….
No one this young should be called home this soon.
My heart aches for you all…
Amy Bartels Musil

Condolence from Susan Bothwell on February 14th, 2022 10:44 am

So very sorry for this loss. Your family is in my prayers.

Condolence from Molly Harrison on February 14th, 2022 11:50 am

I’m so very sorry, Karen, Sara and Ashley. Patrick always seemed to have a smile on his face. He will be missed by many. You are all in our prayers.

Condolence from Gary Rees on February 14th, 2022 11:58 am

Karen and girls, your Patrick was a very special guy and along with you, I will always have very special memories to keep!!So very sorry.

Condolence from Emma Wilson on February 14th, 2022 4:35 pm

Karen, there are no words sufficient enough for
your tragic loss. Just know we all are praying for you and your girls. Patrick’s love for the three ladies in his life was so obvious. I am so very sorry for what you are enduring. Love and hugs to you.

Condolence from Nick Barrett on February 14th, 2022 4:38 pm

The world was a better place for having Patrick in it. He was a boss of mine at NHGL for a short period, but left a lasting impact with his kindness and professionalism. I miss him from afar. Sending my love to Karen and the girls. Karen, you’re an incredibly strong woman full of kindness and resolve and I thank you for all your support of me over the years. You and your family will always have mine too!

Condolence from Beth & Brett creech on February 14th, 2022 4:53 pm

Our hearts are breaking for you and the girls! Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys! Please know that if you need anything please reach out.

Condolence from Brenda Outlaw on February 14th, 2022 6:40 pm

There is no way I can imagine what you and your girls are going through.. I am so sorry and will be praying for all of you.

Condolence from Joe Muraca on February 14th, 2022 7:18 pm

Karen, Sara, Ashley and the entire extended Kelly family – my thoughts and prayers are with you all. While we all went our separate ways after college – those moments with PK at Methodist were some of the best. PK you will be missed by all that knew you and I can certainly say we are all better for having known you. God bless you all.

The Muraca Family

Condolence from Craig and Meg Errickson on February 15th, 2022 7:45 am

Karen we are thinking of you and the girls, sending you love.

Condolence from Peggy Corbell Langley on February 15th, 2022 12:14 pm

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Rest In Peace Patrick

Condolence from Kristi Sawyer-Burke on February 15th, 2022 4:59 pm

Karen I am so very sorry for you and your daughters loss. Sending good vibes to your family

Condolence from Pamela Gwinn on February 15th, 2022 5:22 pm

Please accept our sincere condolences, Patrick will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Meade and Pam

Condolence from Danny Agapion on February 15th, 2022 9:02 pm

God Bless you Karen you and your beautiful girls. When I hired Patrick in 2000 I knew he would be the loyal employee partner he was and he always made me proud that he had done such a great job at Nags Head Golf Links – He loved his family and the Links. RIP Patrick.

Danny Agapion, PGA

Condolence from David and Penny Bentley on February 16th, 2022 3:30 pm

Karen, I have no words. I am so very sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Brian Bickford on February 17th, 2022 7:37 am

Patrick was a special guy who loved golf and golf loved Patrick. I always looked forward to his visits when he returned to Maine. Many found memories of a young Patrick running around Val Halla as a youth. He will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to Karen, the girls and Kelly’s.

Condolence from Evelyn Talbott on February 17th, 2022 7:59 am

Karen- I truly don’t know what to say to you and Sara and Ashley and the rest of your families. Patrick’s face lit up every time he spoke of ya’ll and I know you will miss him so much. I pray for peace for all of you and I am here if I can help in any way.

Condolence from George and Vicki barnes. on February 17th, 2022 4:34 pm

Karen so sorry about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Condolence from Beverly Head on February 17th, 2022 5:44 pm

Karen, Sara and Ashley,
Patrick was such a sweet gentleman. He always greeted my husband and I with a smile and called his by name every time we walked into the Club. He remembered what we liked to drink and always asked how we were doing. He certainly demonstrated resilience and courage over the past years. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Beverly and Gerald Head

Condolence from Berry and Bill Anderson on February 17th, 2022 5:54 pm

We were living next to Barbara and Jim when Patrick arrived on the scene. It was a joy to watch him grow, make good friends, discover golf, and just be a really good kid. His success and happiness with his family and profession were well deserved. So many will miss him.

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on February 17th, 2022 10:48 pm

To the Kelly and Nunemaker families – Keeping each of you in my thoughts and prayers in your great loss. May your memories bring you peace and comfort. Sincere sympathies to each of you.

Condolence from Mary Beth Roberts on February 19th, 2022 11:39 am

Karen , we were so very saddened to hear the news ; by reading these condolences messages, I hope you feel how very much Patrick was loved by all; we’ve known you both since we purchased our first house in the Village ; when I think of Patrick I see that smile on his face; and you could see how much he loved you and the girls and how proud he was of all of you.. you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the girls and the rest of your families.. sending hugs.

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