Billy Lee Kelley, 90, of La Porte, Tx. passed peacefully on August 26, 2019 in Clute, Tx.
He was born on July 14, 1929 in Goose Greek, Tx. to William Goble Kelley and Thelma Lea Coker. He is preceded in death by his wife Marilyn, his parents, his sister Sally Evans, brothers Lamar and Joe and his son Michael. He is survived by his brother Pete and wife Kate, sister inlaw Wynette Jones, daughter Karen Lowder and husband Scott. Grandchildren Kari Ross, Chris Lowder and wife, Corrine; Great grandchildren Ty Ross and wife Kathryn, Jordan Ross, Devin Martinez, Mikalyn and Maddix Lowder; great great grandchildren Jayden and Aria Ross. Also, many nieces and nephews.
Bill met Marilyn in high school and they married in 1950. This summer they celebrated 69 years of marriage. Although a long time resident of La Porte, Bill loved talking about his childhood in Goose Creek. He was a good story teller and loved telling friends, family, well anyone who would listen, his life experiences. Bill led a full honorable, honest and tell you like it is life. Billy Lee Kelley served in the Air Force during the Korean War following with 4 years of the reserves. He was a La Porte volunteer firefighter, a long time employee of Olin-Mobile Oil Company from which he retired. Bill had many passions including traveling in their RV, auto body work, shrimping, fishing and hunting. Bill enjoyed picking up and cracking his pecans. There was always a supply for eating, baking and giving away. Bill was a kind and gentle man who never met a stranger. He was a good Christian man and a long time faithful member of La Porte Community Church. He is gone from us now, but will never be forgotten.
Grace to you and peace from our God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.