Kelly, Elbert Muncie, Sr.(born: September 8, 1917 - died: August 6, 1972) Rev. E. M. Kelly was the first African American to serve on the County Planning Commission in Pikeville, KY. Rev. Kelly was a graduate of Kentucky State College (now Kentucky State University). He was a teacher and a high school principal in Jenkins, KY, and he served as president of the KNEA Eastern District Education Association from 1945-1947. He would leave Kentucky, and in 1954, Rev. Kelly was the new pastor at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI. He died in Millinwauppe, WI in 1972.
It has been mistakenly written that Rev. Kelly was born in Kentucky. He was actually born in Huron, TN, the son of Minnie Lee and Rev. Franklin P. Kelly. The family came to Dawson Springs, KY from Tennessee. Rev. Elbert Muncie Kelly, Sr. was the husband of Margaret Saunders from Frankfort, KY. He is buried in the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI.
SOURCES: "Presidents of K.N.E.A. District Education Associations, The Kentucky Negro Educational Association (K.N.E.A.) Journal, October-November 1945, p.2 through November-December 1947, p.2. See "Rev. E. M. Kelly assumes duties," The Dawson Springs Progress, 02/19/1954, front page; "Rev. Kelly," The Messenger, 08/08/1972, p.12; "Last rites for the Rev. Kelly," Dawson Springs Progress, 08/10/1972, p.12; and Elbert Muncie Kelly's birth year is given as 1916 on his WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry).