TEXAS -- Troy Kelley, 81, passed on to his heavenly home on March 28, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Troy was to loving parents and was raised in Marked Tree as one of 12 children on a sharecropper's farm. In high school he earned All-State honors in football. After graduating high school, he joined the U. S. Navy. Soon afterwards, he received an honorable discharge for a previous football injury. Then he attended Arkansas State University for two years until he was drafted by the Army to serve in Korea. While training in Tacoma, Wash., he met nursing student, Bonnie Richards who became the love of his life. It was a match made in Heaven. In Korea, he entered the Army as a Private and left as a Sergeant, having been promoted because of his expertise and success in radio in the DM Zone. After his service in Korea, he began working for Ryerson Steel and married Bonnie. Early on, he was transferred to Dallas, where he and Bonnie put down roots in nearby Irving. There they raised their family. Following Ryerson Steel, Troy had numerous positions in the sales industry.
Troy was a member of the Irving Bible Church. Among his community service he served 12 years on the Irving School Board and 50 years as a member of Gideons. He was highly involved in Rotary Club, and was a board member of the Oscar Roan Ministries for 31 years. After retirement he founded Links Inc., a charity that assisted in orphanages in several countries along with other charitable works. Troy's volunteerism is too great to include. He loved people and never forgot his days of impoverished living as a sharecropper's son. He will be remembered for his Godly character, loving heart, and gift of encouragement. He leaves a legacy of faith in Jesus Christ to his family and friends.
Troy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie; son, Dane Kelley; daughter Deaun McLain and husband Kerry; grandchildren Taylor and Lauren Kelley, and Madison, Connor and Cooper McLain; brothers James and Charles; sister Linda; plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Selflessly, Troy gifted his remains to Southwestern Medical School in hopes that others may be helped. Those wishing to contribute in his memory may give to the Salvation Army of Irving, 250 E. Grauwyler Rd., Irving, TX 75061 or Irving Cares, 440 S. Nursery Rd., Suite 101, Irving, TX 75060.
A Celebration of Life was held April 11 at Irving Bible Church with all family members wearing blue. Troy's admonition to you would be "Forget the bad, forgive all, and love more, especially God. Remember each person is God's creation and has worth; treat them with dignity."