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Debra Mechelle Moore-Kelley

Debra Mechelle Moore-Kelley left this life peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, March 15th 2022 with her husband, Rod, by her bedside.

Debra Mechelle Moore-Kelley was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 9, 1955 to Catherine (Ramey) and Forrest Moore Jr. She was raised in Davidson County; Debra was educated in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System where she graduated from East Nashville High School in 1973.She participated in band, and cheerleading during her attendance at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She furthered her education at Tennessee State University where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. 

Debra made her career at Bellsouth (AT&T) for 38 and 1/2 years, where she received numerous awards for her stellar service and dedication, and met her husband, Roderick S. Kelley. 

Debra was known for her passion for health and fitness, Travel, Music, cooking, and Fashion. She was bright, vibrant, and full of life. She always brought joy and laughter to her family, friends, and colleagues. 

With all of her passions, her greatest joy was motherhood. She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving and devoted husband, Roderick Kelley; Her daughters Laurelyn and Cheldon Kelley; Her parents, Catherine (Ramey) and Forrest Moore Jr.; Older Brother, Forrest Moore III; Younger brother, Frederick Moore (Deceased); Younger Sister, Camille Moore (Michael) Smith; Aunt, Emma (Ramey) Woods (James); Uncle, Carl Moore; Uncle, Mahlon Moore (Leighla); Along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of beloved family and friends. Visitation Sunday, March 27, 2022, 3:00-4:00 with Memorial Service to follow at funeral home.

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My deepest condolences to the family. My prayers will always be with you.🙏🙏🙏

Sharon Lewis Apr 10 2022 7:23 PM

I am saddened by the death of Debra, I remember meeting Debra and her neighbor Joyce when I moved to East Nashville in 1966 and we went on to play in the band at Highland Heights, if I remember correctly she and Joyce played flute and I played clarinet. May God be with the family during this time.

Loretta Yancey Bradford Mar 27 2022 4:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Debra Moore-Kelley

Yolanda Cunningham Mar 27 2022 1:56 PM

I'm sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Kelley. She was such a nice person! May God comfort all of the family at this time!

Tim Duncan Mar 26 2022 10:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Debra Moore-Kelley

Kim White Mar 26 2022 5:11 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Debra's passing. I met Debra around 1980 at South Central Bell (AT&T). We became fast friends. We worked together, traveled together, and shared many laughs and good times. Although we have not talked in a few years, I will miss her. I pray that God will ease your pain with time and give you comfort doing this very sad time.

Sherrel E. Cartwright Mar 26 2022 4:28 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Debra Moore-Kelley

Othelia Taylor Mar 26 2022 4:08 PM

I lite this candle in remembrance of Debra whose light always shined brightly. Her smile would lift you out of some of your darkest days. I'll remember the days of working together at Bellsouth and the joy of seeing and talking with her. Praying for Rod, Cheldon and Laurelyn that the precious memories of Debra will keep you strong.

Othelia Taylor Mar 26 2022 4:08 PM

I was so saddened to read of Debra's passing in yesterday's paper. I was reminded of how Debra's family was one of the pioneer families who integrated our Joywood community in East Nashville. My life was enriched because of knowing Debra. She and I were on the cheerleading squad together at Highland Heights Junior HIgh. Those were some fun times and our East High days were even better. I praise God for Debra and her impact on my young life. God bless and keep each of you as you travel this journey with support of each other and friends.

Tandy Martin Taylor Mar 26 2022 12:10 PM

I am so sad to hear of Debra's passing. Her smile was infectious and she always made me laugh. We did Step class at the Y together and she never failed to ask me how I was doing and how my family was doing. She was always caring and interested. She was so much fun and such a bright light. She will be missed.

Hay Leslie Mar 26 2022 9:25 AM

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