Patrick Nealley Kelly

Published 5:49 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2022

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October 30, 1976 – February 10, 2022

Nags Head, NC – 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.

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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 boogie 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 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Manteo on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 4 p.m.

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