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Allen L. Kelley

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COKER Allen L. Kelley, age 67, of Coker, died Nov. 3, 2012, at the VA Hospice. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with Tim Tindle officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing.

He was preceded in death by his father, A.L. Kelley; his grandmother, Annie Vaughn; and his brother, J.C. Kelley.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ford Kelley of Coker; his daughters, Vonnie Kelley and Joann Shannon of Texas and Danille Marie Jones (Ben) of Cottondale; his sons, Michael Allen Kelley (Angel) of Winchester, Ky. and Christopher E. Kelley (Jessica) of Fairhope; his mother, Pauline S. Kelley of Coker; his sisters, Norma Jean Brittain (Jimmy) and Billie Joyce Campbell (Johnny); his brother, Michael Kelley (Deborah); his sisters-in-law, Susan Kelley and Patricia Ford Pitts (Jackie); his brother-in-law, Haywood Ford (Cheryl); two grandsons; and eight granddaughters.

Allen was a graduate of Tuscaloosa County High School. He entered the U.S. Army at the age of 18 in Fairbanks, Alaska and served two voluntary tours in Vietnam, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2), Vietnam Service Medal with six bronze stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Overseas Service Bars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Bronze Star Medal. In April of 1974, Allen was honorably discharged.

After his time in the Army, Allen attended Shelton State Community College. Allen was employed by Tuscaloosa Steel for 14 years and took early retirement. He then took employment with Premier in Pell City until he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Allen fought a courageous battle and touched many lives.

My hero, my strength, you continued to greet each day with a smile, “I'm fine”, and “Nothing to complain about.” We can only hope that one day our children can look up and think of us the way we look up and think of you. We are so very proud to be your children, and it is such an honor to call you Daddy.

Pallbearers will be Calvin Kelley, Eddie Smelley, Robert Lancaster, Jimmy Brittain, Roy Kelley, and Frank Kelley.

Honorary pallbearers are Susan Treadwell, Linda Degraw, Eric Reynolds and employees of Premier, George Poole, Dr. B. and Dr. Katona, Dr. Hinton, Dr. Graham, and the M.D. Anderson Center and staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the VA Hospice, M.D. Anderson Center, and DCH Cancer Center.

Condolences may be offered at www.memorychapelfuneralhome.com.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Nov. 6, 2012
Allen L Kelley
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