The Norman Transcript


September 1, 2013

Jess Ray Kelley

NORMAN —  Jess Ray Kelley died August 30, 2013 in Lexington, at the age of 87 years, three months 15 days.  Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:30 AM, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Wadley’s Funeral Chapel. 

Interment will follow at Lexington Cemetery under the direction of Wadley’s Funeral Service.

 Jess was born May 15, 1926 in Lexington, Oklahoma to Odis Jackson and Almina (Helcel) Kelley.  He was raised and attended school in Lexington, graduating around 1944.  He was inducted into the United States Army in August of 1944, serving proudly during World War II.  He was honorably discharged in July 1946 after serving in Rhineland and central Europe, where he earned many military decorations, two Bronze Stars. 

Jess and Ima Jean Rollins were married in Lexington in 1950.  Jess loved to hunt, fish, and the NY Yankees. 

 Jess is preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Almina Kelley; wife, Ima Jean Kelley; siblings, Jay Kelley, Wyman Kelley, Guy Kelley, Bill Kelley, Kenneth Kelley, Janeice Moody, Hester Edmondson, Ima Owens and Louise Fore.  Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Chapman of Lexington; granddaughter, Holly Edwards and husband, Rich of Oklahoma City; great granddaughter, Peyton Olivia Kelley Edwards of Oklahoma City; and many other relatives and friends.

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