Remembering “Kelly” Ireland

Clinton Charles "Kelly" Ireland

“Kelly” Ireland of Greenville passed away over the weekend at the age of 95.

Many remember him as their industrial arts and shop teacher and guidance counselor at Greenville High School.

He made a positive impact on many young people during his years at GHS.

Ireland also had a positive impact on the citizens of Greenville, serving over 30 years in government. His service to Greenville included three terms as a councilman, three terms as mayor and two terms on the Plan Commission.

Former Greenville Clerk Margaret Iberg has fond memories of Ireland and his wife, Lucille. She said she first met Kelly when he was a guidance counselor while she was in high school. Margaret said Kelly began his service to the community as a city councilman and mayor around the time she first started working for the City of Greenville. She said he was always friendly and supportive.

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In 2003, the Irelands were presented the Chamber of Commerce’s Gerald Turley Award.

Current Mayor Alan Gaffner said Kelly was a big promoter of Greenville, just like Turley. He said he was very involved in both visible leadership roles and behind the scenes. Gaffner said Kelly set a high bar.

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Greenville City Manager Dave Willey worked with Ireland when Kelly returned to the council in 2005. Willey said Ireland brought his experience to the table. He said Kelly brought a lot of knowledge and civility to the meetings.

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Funeral services for Clinton Charles “Kelly” Ireland will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM at the Greenville First Christian Church.

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