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Robert Kelley

Robert Laverne Kelley, 99, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Marion.

Robert was born on December 26, 1920 in Williamson County to Luther and Marie (Perrine) Kelley.  He married Mildred Rushing on January 29, 1947 in Piggott, AR.  She preceded him in death on June 14, 2005.

Robert was a proud WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Army in Europe.  He was a retired carpenter and was in the carpenter’s union.  Robert was a farmer and raised turkeys and was known as the “Turkey Man.”  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Marion since 1939.

Survivors include:

Daughter-Karen Kelley

Grandchildren-Kimberly Kay and Ron Webb and Kelli Dawn and Eric Neushwander

Great grandchildren-Nicole, Brooke, Ronnie, Brandon, Carson and Madelyn

Great-great grandchildren-Harper, Declan, Mabel, Eleanor, Mackenzie, Aiden, Owen and Emmett

Sister in law-Doris Marie Holliday

Nieces and nephews-Larry, Kelley, Lori, Ed and Mickey

Several great nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife and sister, Novella Rix

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND BY THE SIGNING OF EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER, a private graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion with Dr. Bob Dickerson officiating.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.


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