In Memory of Sharon Kelly-Callaway





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Sharon Kelly-Callaway

Sharon Denise Kelly-Callaway wore many hats in life but on July 24, 2020, she exchanged them all for a crown of glory. Sharon was born September 23, 1955, in Atlantic City, NJ to Edward Kelly, Sr. and Josephine Beard. She was a native of Atlantic City and educated in the Atlantic City Public School system. At the time of her passing, Sharon was an Administrative Secretary with Atlantic County Government where she performed her duties with grace and dignity for 40 years. She received many awards for excellent service including the distinguished, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Spirit award for outstanding service. After the murder of her oldest son, Jermaine Kelly, Sharon turned her grief into community action. Despite her pain she started the New Jersey Chapter of Mother’s In Charge to advocate for victims of violence. She also started a victim’s impact program in the Fairton Correctional Institution. In her work she gained the trust and respect of the inmates through authentic engagement to all program participants on domestic violence, gang violence and other systemic issues. Sharon worked tirelessly as a member of the Coalition for a Safe Community in Pleasantville, NJ, Domestic Violence organizations, MADD, Youth Corp, Moms Demand Action and many other organizations. Through her work she was requested to join the Chiefs of Police conference in San Diego, CA. In 2012, she was invited to attend a Homicide forum in Kansas City, MO. Through her work in Mother’s In Charge Sharon traveled to a conferences in Chicago, IL, and Sacramento, CA, a new Chapter organizing in Knoxville, TN, a men’s breakfast in Pittsburgh, PA, and a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Sharon also attended many meetings in Philadelphia, PA and Lumberton, NJ. Sharon didn’t just travel for work; she liked trying new things. She took her first plane ride to Las Vegas, NV with her husband, Mike. Her second first was a cruise to the Caribbean with her best friend, Audrey. Her next first was a trip to the Bahamas with son, Roddy and daughter, Nikki. Sharon loved family and friends hosting many barbeques and trash talking Spades games, and shopping sprees with her best friend, Audrey. She was deeply involved in the yearly family reunion which was held in a different city each year. Her house was the house where everyone was welcome and you could have a good meal and a place to lay your head. Sharon was an avid reader and she loved cooking listening to her Patti Labelle and sipping on her famous martinis, or you may have been treated to one her specialty cocktails. Sharon Kelly-Callaway was a woman of many gifts and talents. She had a style of her own with an infectious smile that could light up a room and a laugh that invoked laughter. She was a striking - confident woman with beautiful rich chocolate skin that could not be bought from a can nor borrowed from the sun. She sashayed when she walked and caused heads to turn when she talked. Sharon was caring and charismatic with a confidence that was unmatched and didn’t go unnoticed. This icon of a woman and public servant is predeceased by her beloved son, Jermaine James Kelly; stepmother, Rose Kelly; brother, Eugene Kelly; sisters, Barbara Stalling and Kenya Brown. She leaves to cherish her memory: devoted husband, Michael Callaway; parents, Edward E. Kelly, Sr. and Josephine Brown of Pleasantville, NJ; her loving children, James Kelly (Miranda) of Philadelphia, PA, TiAndre Kelly of Pleasantville, NJ, Nia-Malikia Smith (Omar) of Clementon, NJ, and Roddy James (Domaniche) of Galloway, NJ; God-sent son, Jermaine Snead (Kia) of Pleasantville, NJ; brothers, Edward Kelly, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA, Lucius and Shawn Brown of Pleasantville, NJ; sisters, Sandra Beard of Pleasantville, NJ, Dawn Brown of Pleasantville, NJ, and Angela Singleton of Atlantic City, NJ; thirteen grandchildren, Jade, TiAndre, Ciara, Ibin, Shay, Korryn, Jabrel, Casey, Kamani, Omar, Da’najia, Sa’niya, and Sky; five great-grandchildren; Goddaughter, Nya Callaway; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends. Well done my good and faithful servant! Graveside services will be 1PM, Friday, July 31, 2020, Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at