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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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Kelli and your family, please accept my sincere sympathy upon the passing of your grandfather. I remember him walking at the HUB. He had a wonderful personality. Everyone admired his courage to continue moving. Your "Cardinal Fan" friend at the HUB

Peggy Jean Smoot May 23 2020 6:38 PM

Karen and family, We thoroughly enjoyed having lunch with your Father at KB.s. He was funny and witty and happy all of the time. Bob was a kind and good man. You are admired as giving great care and concern to your Father. We will surely miss him.

Jim and Brenda Borgsmiller May 15 2020 12:50 PM

Karen, just learned today of your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I loved talking to your dad. He had such a sweet smile. I was honored when you ask me to help with his Birthday celebration for his 90th. God Bless.

Kevin Ewell May 10 2020 1:40 AM

Karen, was so sorry to see that your dad passed away. He certainly had a long, productive life. Praying for you and your family. Know how much you will miss him.

Sharon S Douglas May 8 2020 6:56 PM

Im so very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.

Sheri Patchett May 7 2020 10:03 PM

Karen and family , Robert was a good friend as well as a good carpenter. Robert and Don Halbert did a project at our house years ago . We always laughed about how well they ate on the job . My wife would fix them cake or pie for morning break , afternoon break and lunch in between . He will never be forgotten .

Eric Harrison May 6 2020 11:53 PM

I'll always remember the twinkle in his eyes and his wonderful smile.

Dale & Caren Neushwander May 6 2020 2:36 PM