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Benjamin Kelly Jr.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Ark Church
|A Memorial Service for Benjamin Earl Kelly, Jr., 88 of Willis will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 am at The Ark Church in Conroe, Texas. Mr. Kelly was born on December 12, 1923 in Ladelle, Arkansas and passed away on January 10, 2012 in Conroe, Texas.
Ben attended Conroe Schools and then married Mary Amelia Walker on February 17, 1943. Theirs was a beautiful love story.
Ben is survived by his three children, David Kelly Sr. and wife Ida Kelly of Willis, Judy Bristow and husband Jim Bristow of Maypearl, and Wayne Kelly of San Antonio; 5 grandchildren: Tami Brannon of The Woodlands, David Kelly Jr. of Willis, Jimmie Bristow II of Waxahachie, James Kelly of Willis and Christie Belmear of Colorado Springs, CO; 11 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Ben served in WW II in the 1st Infantry. He worked 40 years in West Texas managing gasoline plants and retired from Texaco. He was a member of Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He spent his retired life hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, working around his home and spending time with his family.
He passed in peace with his family at his side after what he said was “a great life”.
The family would like to give a special thanks to his hunting, fishing, and skeet shooting buddies. You are the people who gave him the last years of life. Bill Hill and family, Froggie Red and Billy Ray Martinez; Willis Café Round Table, Ivan Reaves, Warren Ellyson and Willis Lodge #106 brothers and Abimael Ruiz. You all were his inspiration. The family would also like to thank Davita River Park Staff and friends for your tender loving care over the last 4 years. You were like family. Thank you and God bless you all.
Written condolences to the family may be left on the website of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Willis at www.shmfh.com.