Kellie graduated from Fayetteville State University in 1999 with an Associate degree in Education. She married husband Richard in October 2001. She has used her degree in education to home school her children.
Kellie has fought a courageous battle against Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma since 2001 – dealing with several recurrences and physical setbacks. Determined to empower herself and others against the disease, she started a 5k run in 2009 aimed at bringing together survivors of the rare cancer, and raising money to support research. In 2013 she broadened her vision to include a patient financial assistance program and community outreach in addition to funding research by forming Kellie’s Krew, Ltd, a not-for-profit. In 2009 she started her fundraising efforts; which has been responsible for donating over $100,000 in research funding, $12,000 in financial support for head and neck cancer patients, and $5,000 in community outreach and scholarships. The Kellie’s Krew Scholarship program, started in 2013, funds educational scholarships based on community service and volunteerism.
Kellie has been an inspirational speaker since 2008 and has been the guest speaker at many churches and group meetings, sharing her story and using her battles to motivate and inspire others.
Kellie has been an active member and Ambassador of the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce and was named Ambassador of the Year in 2011 and Dunn’s Woman of the Year in 2013. She is also a wish granter with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and also was a member of Central Baptist Church.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Central Baptist Church by Rev. Tom Wagoner. Burial will follow in Lee’s Chapel/Williford’s Cemetery.
Kellie is survived by husband Richard Hinshaw, two sons, Kenneth, 11 and Kannon, 9. She is also survived by her parents, Kenny and Pattie Godwin of Dunn, two sisters, Kim Godwin Schmidlin and husband Jim of Dunn, Kristie Godwin Apperson and husband Trey of Dunn, nine nieces; Allie, Avery, Anna, and Addison Apperson, Reagan and Ashlyn Warren, Elizabeth, Morgan, and Quinn Schmidlin, all of Dunn. Kellie also leaves behind two sister-in-laws, Janice Talbert, of Springfield, Louisiana and Patricia Hinshaw of Burlington. She is also survived by brother-in-laws, James Hinshaw, Gilmer Hinshaw, and Robert Hinshaw, of Burlington and is survived by several nieces and nephews from Burlington, NC.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Kellie’s Krew, Ltd., 111 South Railroad Avenue, NC 28334. Arrangements are by Skinner & Smith Funeral Home of Dunn. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.skinnerandsmith.com.