Roy Glenn Kelly

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Born on November 27, 1939, in Blair Oklahoma, Roy Glenn Kelly, was the youngest of 5 children born to Clarence S. Darrow Kelly and Matilda Elizabeth Southall. He was an active child in grade school and junior high. He received a Junior High Award for never being absent or tardy for 1953-1955 and received a life guard merit badge at 13. He participated in choir, played the cornet in band, ran track, and played basketball and football. He was named Best All-Around Junior High Athlete.

At Altus High School, he was known as "Kelly," and decided to focus on sports. He played on the basketball team, but especially excelled in football as a halfback making memorable touchdowns due to his skill at "juking" down the field. He was a popular boy, voted "Best Physique," as a senior. His brother, Elvin, remembers that Roy saved his cousin Dale Hayne's life, due to his excellent swimming skills. Roy took him to shore when Dale got tired of swimming and wasn't able to swim on his own.

He attended Abilene Christian College from 1958 to 1962 and graduated with a BS in Business. While at college he "flew" as a member of the gymnastic group, "The Flying Cats." In 1961, he bought his first car, and gave it to his parents. While at ACU he met Gloria Martyne Kelly, and they were married February 17 1963. He attended Oklahoma Christian University from 1976 to 1977 and received his MBA.

He and Martyne were parents to 2 daughters, Marla and Tyna, to whom he was a loving and devoted father.

He spent 20 years and 7 months in the Air Force as an auditor and cost accountant. After retiring in 1983 as a Captain, he went to work as an auditor for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from 1985 to 2003. After retiring a second time, he taught as a substitute teacher in the Conroe School district in numerous subjects including math and science.

Roy was a referee for Junior High and High School football games for many years. He also continued to run throughout most of his life once running a marathon in 1976.

He is best known for being a devoted follower of Jesus with a love of studying the Bible.

He was a deacon at the Conroe Church of Christ and taught adult Bible study classes. He drove the "Joy" bus both at the Conroe Church of Christ and the Burkburnett Church of Christ, picking up children to bring them to church when they had no other way to come. When the Joy Bus ministry was discontinued, he continued to pick up children to bring them to church for years afterwards.

Roy was also coordinator at the church for the annual Gulf Coast Regional Blood drive at the Conroe Church of Christ.

After a long battle with cancer, Roy died in his sleep on September 20, 2015. He never complained about his condition. He is survived by his wife, Martyne Kelly, his brother Clarence Darrow Kelly, his sister Melba Kelly Anderson Woods, and his children Marla Kelly Loss and Tyna Kelly Gore. He has five grand children Hayden Reed Gore, Mason Kelly Loss, Lauryn Mae Gore, Reagan Glenn Gore and Arden Katriel Loss.

Visitation will be held at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Funeral Service for Roy Glenn Kelly will be held at the Conroe Church of Christ, 1860 Longmire Road, Conroe, Texas 77304, on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12:30pm with interment following at Garden Park Cemetery.

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Published on from Sept. 22 to Oct. 5, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Cashner Funeral Home
801 Teas Road | Conroe, TX 77303 | (936) 756-2126
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