Dr. R.J. Kelly was born on May 22, 1951, was called home to be with our Lord on March 9, 2013 at the age of 61. R.J. is preceded in death by his parents Madelyn Kelly Finneran and Richard James Kelly. He is survived by his loving wife Melba Kelly, Son-Shane Matthew Kelly, DC, (Dana) daughter Kori Brynn Kelly Farrell, DC, (Ross) step-son's Corey Nicholas Boyce, Christopher John Lopez, Sisters-Colleen Steen, Mary Jo Wright, Nancy Brooks, brother-Patrick Kelly, DC, 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.|
Dr. R.J. Kelly received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, San Jacinto Jr. College and Houston Community College. He later received his doctorate degree at Texas Chiropractic College in May of 1981. There he graduated with academic honors and had a very successful student practice at the college clinic.
In August of 1981 Dr. Kelly began as an associate in an existing practice. With a burning desire to help people and share the message of Chiropractic care, he opened his own practice in 1986. His practice grew rapidly and in 28 Years of practice, he never missed a day. R.J. always went to work with such enthusiasm and with the desire to always serve his patients/friends. He practiced his every day operations with two themes, "There is a cause and you are the cure" and "When Love and Chiropractic come together expect a miracle."
R.J. will be remembered as a man of true faith. A faith that he openly shared with others. He was a hard working, loving, caring and generous man who loved his life and lived it to the fullest. Many will also remember him for his smile and his very distinctive voice, his cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and especially his unconditional love for all those he came in contact with.
A memorial service will be officiated by Pastor Byron C. Stevenson on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00a.m. at The Fort Bend Church, 1900 Eldridge, Sugarland Texas 77478.
A private graveside service will be held later in Charlotte Texas.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in R.J.'s memory may be made to International Chiropractic Association (ICA) who's Vision, Mission and Objectives were what he truly believed in. "To empower humanity in the expression of maximum health, wellness and human potential through universal chiropractic expression and utilization."
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 14, 2013