Lee Roy Kelley, son of the late Samuel E. and Neva L. (Souder) Kelley, was born on August 1, 1931 in Lubbock, Texas, and passed away on July 14, 2011 in Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, following a short illness. He was 79 years, 11 months and 13 days of age.
Lee Roy’s family was sharecroppers, and at the age of eight, he moved with his family to Norco, California. At nineteen years of age, Lee Roy joined the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on August 16, 1954 as a staff sergeant.
Lee Roy and his brother, Glen, worked at McCullah Tool Company that serviced oil wells in California until they could earn enough money to move to Missouri in 1959. They purchased property and became dairy farmers for many years.
He was united in marriage to Alice Elizabeth Robertson on December 20, 1963 in Texas County, Missouri. Three children were born to this union. They raised their family near Cabool on the family farm.
He enjoyed working on his farm, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a kind and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, William J. Kelley.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Alice Kelley of their home; one son, Samuel Kelley and wife Tracy of Cabool, Missouri; two daughters, Lesa Morris and husband Clyde of Ava, Missouri, and Mary Roderick and husband Kevin of Cabool; one brother, Glen Kelley of Huggins, Missouri; one sister, Flora Westmoreland of Olive Branch, Mississippi; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Don Ratterree officiating. Song selections will be “Amazing Grace,” “At the Cross,” and “ If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” Pallbearers will be Jacob Kelley, Lucas Kelley, Ethan Kelley, Bryan Kelley, Corey Stallcup and Mark Stallcup. Full military honors will be given at the cemetery by American Legion Post 30 and the Air Force Burial Detail. Burial will be in Rock Springs Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.