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Stanton Troy Kelley Sr.

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Mr. Stanton Troy Kelley, Sr. age 82, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at home, with his family at his side. He was born March 18, 1931, in Beaumont, TX, to Inez Smith Kelley and Valentine Stanton Kelley. Mr. Kelleys family and friends are comforted by knowing he is with His Lord and rejoicing with family that went before him. He became a Christian at an early age, at North End Baptist Church, Beaumont, Tx. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Charles and Bill Kelley; and grandparents: George and Mary Ella Kelley and Wesley and Stella Smith. Survivors include his children: Troy Kelley, Jr. and spouse, Vikki of Lumberton, Judy Kelley, of Beaumont, Wesley Kelley, of Groves and friend, Dina, Elizabeth Kelley and fiancé, Jeremy Hubbard, of Vidor; grandchildren: Brandon Tunnell of Vidor and Melana Kelley of Lumberton; sister: Margie Christopher and brother-in-law, Jerry Christopher of Lumberton; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family and friends, and his beloved dog, BoBo. After graduating from French High School, Troy went into the U.S. Army. He served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 35 years of service as a structural fitter. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Boilermaker Union, and the American Legion Post #7. Mr. Kelley was a loving, caring, supportive, generous, thoughtful, and devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. His devotion to his family encompassed prayer, hope, encouragement, sympathy, and love. He will be greatly missed by his family and host of friends. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home, 1155 N. 11th Street, Beaumont. Funeral services will be Friday, March 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., in the Claybar Funeral Home Chapel, with interment to follow at Claybar Haven of Rest Cemetery, U.S. Highway 90, Beaumont, Texas.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 28, 2013
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