Wilford A. "W.A." Kelly, 84, of Monett, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2009, in Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho.
He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Fairview, the son of Vernon Morris and Pearl (Duncan) Kelly. On Aug. 22, 1948, in Carthage, he was united in marriage to Neva Jean Mevey, who survives.
Additional survivors include: one son, Jim Kelly and his wife, Charree, of Wheaton; two daughters, Jan Bremer and her husband, Bob, and Karen Merritt and her husband, Larry, all of Monett; four grandchildren; one great- granddaughter; one sister, Helen Holliday, of Carthage; and two sisters-in-law, Carolene Kelly, of Carthage, and Ann Kelly, of Duenweg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Morris, Kervyn and Bill.
He grew up and received his education at Fairview. He was a cattle and crop farmer his entire life. During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy. He was a member of Wheaton Southern Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. He was also a member of the Monett Senior Center.
Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) in Wheaton Southern Baptist Church, under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Pastor Paul Wahlert conducted the services. Burial was at Rocky Comfort Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Wheaton Southern Baptist Church Building Fund in his memory.
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