Orin Kell, a native Roman, died in Rome on February 3, 2018 at age 87. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Norma, and one daughter, Karen. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Nancy and Kathleen.
After three years in the Marines, Orin joined Southern Railway (now Norfolk Southern) and rose to Director of Passenger Sales and Service in Atlanta. He was the final director of the famous Southern Crescent before that passenger train was ceded to Amtrak. Orin then transferred to freight operations and helped to computerize rail yards throughout the South. After 36 years with Norfolk Southern, he retired to Summerville and later to Rome. He enjoyed flying and was a major in the Civil Air Patrol. Orin was very active in Beech Creek United Methodist Church in Rome, where he and Norma often sang duets.
Orin was the son of John Asbury Kell and Rosa Sapp Kell, who had fourteen children, but Orin’s only surviving sibling is Virginia Lawrence Franklin, of Columbia, S.C. The Kell siblings who predeceased Orin were Edith Ellison, Ellen Ritch, Grace Kell, Eleanor Kerce, Wilma Cleveland, Vanita Surles, Pearl Peavy Vonderhaar, Gerry Kell, Gordon Kell, Preston Kell, Alvin Kell, and Wesley Kell. The Good Shepherd Funeral Home laid Orin to rest in Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta with Dr. David McKenzie officiating.
Parnick Jennings Sr.'s Good Shepherd Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.