William Clifford Kellett

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1932-2015 William Clifford Kellett was born in Galveston, Texas on October 7, 1932 to William Clifford Kellett, Sr. and Margaret Johnson Kellett. While a Livingston resident, Cliff Kellett '51 was inducted into the Schreiner University Athletic Hall of Honor on April 21, 2007, it would be a moment that would bring him full-circle. Over the years, Kellett has given tirelessly to Schreiner, especially to the former student association. During that service, one of his proudest moments occurred when his dream of establishing an Athletic Hall of Honor become a reality in 2003. Bill Thompson '51, who played football with Kellett, and has stayed friends with him throughout their lives, nominated Kellett for the Hall of Honor. Cliff really had to battle to get the Athletic Hall of Honor established- without a go-getter like him there would be no such organization today, Thompson said. When Kellett arrived at Schreiner Institute in 1950, his reputation as an outstanding athlete preceded him. His Galveston high school coach called him the best small tackle I have coached. While at Schreiner, Kellett played guard for what turned out to be the most successful Schreiner football team in a decade, with an undefeated home game record and an overall 7-3 season. Leaving Schreiner after his first year, Kellett went on to star as an All South Texas Conference guard at Wharton Junior College, and then as an offensive/defensive guard at Lamar University, where he graduated in 1954. Kellett served in the U.S. Army in Korea, where, in addition to his military duties, he played on the Korea Championship Team, All Far East All-Star team. Then Kellett returned to Beaumont and joined Gulf Consolidated Services, rising to vice president before his retirement in 1990. In addition to a long, successful business career Kellett gave untiringly of his time and energy to a wide range of Beaumont-area community organizations including Boy's Haven, 4-H, FFA, and the Young Men's Business League. Upon retirement to Lake Livingston with May Dell, his high school sweetheart and wife of 61 years, Kellett remained active in community affairs, continuing his work with 4-H and FFA, Lions Club, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Polk County Youth Rodeo Association and many other volunteer jobs. Throughout the years, Kellett has been recognized many times for his work with volunteer organizations. With Kellett's 2007 induction into the Athletic Hall of Honor, which he fought so hard to establish, his dedication to the success of generations of Schreiner athletes has come full circle. This is one honor that I cherish very much, Kellett said. I particularly want to thank all of the people who helped me along the way. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronnie Kellett. He is survived by his wife, May Dell Kellett; 3 daughters, Kathy Smith and husband, Billy, Kay Lynch and husband, Randall, Kim Hastings and husband, Bill; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, May 15,2015 at the Smith Barn on the Smith Ranch, located at FM 2346 and OSR near Midway, Texas. Burial will follow at the 6S Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, the Texas Lions Camp for Children, P. O. Box 290247, Kerrville, Texas, 78029-0247. Services are under the direction of Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas.

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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on May 15, 2015
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