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Glenna Maxwell Eady Kelley, was born May 9, 1939 to the late McKinley J. & Estella Maxwell. She was a proud graduate of the Howard High School, class of '56 and of Alabama State University, class of '62, receiving degrees in Education (concentration: music) and in Music (concentration: piano). She also attended Talladega College and Tennessee State University.   Her career in music included forty years as a music teacher, in the public school system, as well as teaching piano to young children in her community. It was her honor to be noted as a charter member of the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song.      Glenna leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter,  Donna E. Eady, two grandsons, Donnell Eady-Swan and Ronaldo Malcom, one  granddaughter-in-law, Ceciliann Malcom, a granddaughter, Brittany Stamper and great grandson, Kyree Stamper.       She was a member of New Monumental Baptist Church, where she served as a musician for many years. She's also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter.      Her caring actions are summed up in one of her favorite quotes, “Always praise the bridge that carries you safely across.”

Public viewing will begin at 12 noon until 8:30 pm, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, March 19 at Forest Hills Cemetery.  Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home.

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  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020
    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the Glenna Kelley Family. She may not be in out mist now but her memories will transend through time.
    ~ Patricia Washington-Ruff   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020
    My condolences & prayers in this difficult time. Glenna’s gift of music performance & teaching will continue through those she touched & inspired. May God strengthen & give you peace. Sarah Jones-Allen & Family
    ~ Sarah Allen   Chattanooga, TN
  • Sunday, March 1, 2020
    I will miss you Aunt Glenna/Soror. You were my mother's dearest, BEST friend and you both are now reunited in Heaven. Thank you for looking out for me after my mom died. Your phone calls meant a lot to me. I will love you forever and always. Donna, please know that I am here if you need anything. I love you and I am so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord Bless and Keep You.
    ~ Denise L. Campbell   Coconut Creek, FL
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Prayer of peace and comfort to family loved this beautiful and talented lady
    ~ Marva Brown Taylor   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Celebrated. Remembered. Honored. Now and always, with sincere sympathy to the family of Glenna Kelley. Former neighbors, Lois and Lisa Elder.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Prayers with the Family. I Remember Mrs Glenda Having a Sweet and Caring Spirit
    ~ Sherine Jennings   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    May God Cover You(Donna) and Your entire Family in this Hour. I pray that He gives the entire family a Peace of mind. Love You my Friend.
    ~ Rasheed Muhammad   CHATTANOOGA, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Ms. Kelly was my music teacher such a sweet person and she also was a parent in our neighborhood. Donna may God bless and keep you!
    ~ Tara Elder Daniels   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    To Donna and family, Glenna was one of God's greatest Creations, a very talented and loving person.I will miss our long phone calls and that great smile of hers. I will miss our friendship of 70 years, but her smile was forever live in my heart. Be at peace my friend for now you have received your Heavenly Wings.
    ~ Rubye Morton   Hyattsville, MD
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    ~ Dionne Dodds   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    My condolences and prayers.to the family. She was a wonderful lady. She will surely be missed.
    ~ Valerie Chapman   Columbus
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    My condolences and prayers.to the family. She was a wonderful lady. She will surely be missed.
    ~ Valerie Chapman   Columbus
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    With deepest sympathy we give to you on the passing of your mother Donna I remember the times at church that we had they were wonderful times. Remember Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal I'm in continual prayer for you and your family at this time.
    ~ Apostle Aaron Cody   OOLTEWAH
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    My sincerest condolences may she always walk beside you
    ~ Porsche Mason   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Sorry for your loss, we will keep you and the family in our prayers
    ~ Jenell & Josh   Chattanooga
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Dearest Donna, I am so very sorry for this life-season. May God keep & comfort you in days to come. God Bless, Carla Elliott
    ~ Carla Elliott   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    My heart is heavy and my prayers of strength and encouragement go to the family left to carry out the will of the Lord. Words can not express what my Aunt has given me through the years with music, humor, and love. She treated me like her son and Donna was more like a sister than a cousin. My aunt gave me my love for music and the heart for humor and the mind of humanity. She will be missed but carried on in spirit and love.
    ~ Jayson Slay   Murfreesboro, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Sorry for your loss. The Watson family will keep you and your family in prayer.
    ~ Robert Watson   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Sorry for your loss. The Watson family will keep you and your family in prayer.
    ~ Robert Watson   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Sorry for your loss. The Watson family will keep you and your family in prayer.
    ~ Robert Watson   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Sorry for your loss. The Watson family will keep you and your family in prayer.
    ~ Robert Watson   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Sorry for your loss. The Watson family will keep you and your family in prayer. ~Robert Watson.
    ~ Robert Watson   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    The prayers and condolences of The Ammmons and MET Off Main families are with you and your family!—Romans 8:35-38
    ~ Baron Ammond   Miami, FL
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers
    ~ Mary McFarland   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    May God's Grace and Mercies be renewed daily and He continue to comfort your hearts. My sincere condolences for your family's loss. What a beautiful legacy of such a beautiful woman. My continued prayers.
    ~ Natasha Roulston   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    God’s blessings upon you and your family . May He comfort you with everlasting peace.
    ~ LaDana Houser   Dallas, TX
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    My deepest condolences to the entire family. You're in my continued prayers.
    ~ Kimberly Adair   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    My deepest condolences to the entire family. You're in my continued prayers.
    ~ Kimberly Adair   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    My deepest condolences to the entire family. You're in my continued prayers.
    ~ Kimberly Adair   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Donna, I am so sorry for your loss! I understand your pain and I am praying for you as you process through this transition of life. I love you!
    ~ Ethel Woods   East Ridge, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Donna, I am so sorry for your loss! I understand your pain and I am praying for you as you process through this transition of life. I love you!
    ~ Ethel Woods   East Ridge, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Donna you and your family are in our prayers. I pray God give you the strenth during this difficult time. Love nita an Chick (Barbara)Estill your cousins
    ~ Nits
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Donna you and your family are in our prayers. I pray God give you the strenth during this difficult time. Love nita an Chick (Barbara)Estill your cousins
    ~ Nits
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    My love and condolences to you and your family.
    ~ Renee Montgomery   Murfreesboro, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    When I think of her I can only smile as she always left me with positive words of wisdom...I pray God be your strength during this time.
    ~ Grace Mcclure   SC
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    May God bless you, Donna. May He give you and your family strength during this journey
    ~ Donna McLin’
  • Friday, March 6, 2020
    My Love and Prayers to you all
    ~ Latoya Hunter
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
    May God comfort guide and protect you and the family during this time of bereavement. Ms Glenna was truly one of a kind.
    ~ Vanessa Montgomery   Chattanooga
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
    My deepest condolences to you Donna and your family. We know that earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal. Love you
    ~ Maeola Shropshire   Chattanooga, TN
  • Sunday, March 8, 2020
    My sincerest condolences to the entire family. I will miss her warm greetings and continuous kind words. I Thank her for her loving support of my Mother and family.
    ~ Nedra Dodds   Acworth, GA
  • Monday, March 9, 2020
    I have the fondest memories of your mother sitting at the piano, so sweet and gentle and that warm smile. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
    ~ Lugenia Donaldson
  • Monday, March 9, 2020
    I have the fondest memories of your mother sitting at the piano, so sweet and gentle and that warm smile. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
    ~ Lugenia Donaldson
  • Monday, March 9, 2020
    MY CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL LADY AND SHE WAS VERY TALENTED ON MUSICIAN. SHE WILL TRULY BE MISSED.
    ~ VALERIE R. CHAPMAN   COLUMBUS, OH