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James Charles Kelsay, 77, Adair Co., KY native (1944-2022)

James Charles Kelsay of Russell Springs passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Russell County Hospital. He was 77 years old.

The funeral service will be held at NoonCT on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Elbert Hadley officiating. Burial will follow in Freedom Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 4pmCT on Thursday.

He was born May 23, 1944, in Adair County, to the late James Lester and Elzora Corbin Kelsay. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Fulkerson and two great-grandchildren.

He retired after 29 years with the Edinburgh, Indiana Police Department, a former firefighter and EMT in Edinburgh, attended Calvary Baptist Church and was currently employed by Stephens Pipe and Steel.

Survivors include:
  • His wife - Lisa D. Sipes Kelsay of Russell Springs
  • One daughter - Pamela Sizemore (Gilbert) of Columbus, Indiana
  • Two sons - Steven Kelsay (Olga) of Taylorsville, Indiana and Shawn (Whitney) Kelsay of Columbus, Indiana
  • Two step-children - Jeremy Coffey of Russell Springs and Sunshine (Ray) Williams of Fairland, Indiana
  • Three brothers - Albert Eugene Kelsay (Mindy) of Edinburgh, Indiana, Joe Todd Butler of Russell Springs and David L. Butler of Columbia
  • 13 grandchildren
  • Ten great-grandchildren
  • Several other relatives and friends
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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