Kelley established his hardware business in a modern iron and plate glass building at 1917 2nd Avenue North. He sold the business to the Towers Hardware Company before founding the Baxter Stove Works and partnering in the East Birmingham Land Company in 1886.
Kelley is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.
- Dubose, John Witherspoon (1887) Jefferson County and Birmingham, Alabama: Historical and Biographical Birmingham: Teeple & Smith, Publishers; Caldwell Printing Works.
- George C. Kelley at findagrave.com