Trinity Baptist celebrate the lives of the Kelly family
Rev. Mark Schaffer talks about Scott and Mandy's loving personality towards the community and thier family.
Cheryl Fralick, a family friend and fellow Sunday school teacher, remembers the family loving character throughout the church.
By Parks Beson
Mourners on Monday gathered to remember the family of four who perished in a March 21 house fire, describing Scott and Mandy Kelly and their two young children—Lizzie and Judah—as people who exemplified love every day.
“The Kelly family, they love well,” said family friend Cheryl Fralick as family and friends gathered at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. “They love their family well, they love their church well, they love their community well, they love God and they love and Jesus would and expect us to do the same.”
The Kellys, Scott, 42, and Amanda, 34, along with 9-year-old Elizabeth and 10-month-old Judah, died of smoke inhalation in the early morning blaze that roared through their Oak Grove home in Lexington County.
Two other children, Bekah and Jared, along with Scott Kelly’s mother, survived. Authorities have not determined the cause of the fire although arson has been ruled out.
“We are all here for two things, we are here to remember and to celebrate their lives, but we are also here to encourage and comfort,” said the Rev. Mark Schaffer. “The best way I know to describe Scott and Mandy is with these two words: steady and faithful.”
Fralick and her husband taught Sunday School for ninth and 10th graders at the church, with Scott and Mandy Kelly. Bekah Kelly was in her class.
“Yesterday, during Sunday school, Bekah was there and our students just rallied around her and prayed with her, and we were able just to kinda talk through some things and just love on her,” Fralick said. “And that’s what this church has done all week is just love on her which is what Scott and Mandy would want us to do.”
The church is making donations to the Kelly family and expressing support. Although she has never had to deal with this situation before, Fralick said that she has spent a lot of time with the kids in her Sunday school and talked to them about this event.
“We are telling them what Scott and Mandy would tell them. If they were here right now they would say love each other well; there is not room for hate in this room. And they would tell our Sunday school kids, they would say, love each other because every soul is valued. They would say to not think about it as goodbye, but ‘I’ll see you later.’”