William Arthur Kelley
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W. A. Kelley, Hebron. Survived by wife, Mrs. Edith Kelley, Hebron; sons, W. A. Kelley, Jr., Addison; Marland Kelley, New Braunfels; daughters, Mrs. Novella Dodd, Mrs. Rachel Dozier, Mrs. Lucy Jernigan, Mrs. Lillian Sewell, Mrs. Betty Morris, all of Hebron, 23 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Walter Kelley, Rogersville, Ala.; sisters Mrs. Mettie Denton, Mrs. Flora Hale, Mrs. Bessie Crawford, Mrs. Verdie Mae Womack, McMinnville, Tenn. Services were held in the Hebron Baptist Chruch Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fred Force, Rev. Milton Ferguson,and Rev. Don L. Holems officiating. Interment was in Cemetery Hill. Pallbearers were Pascel McClary, Morris Lord, Cleve Curtis, J. D. Brown, Calvin Davis, Irvin Crider, Robert W. Wood, Clarence M. Johnson with Rhoton-Weiland-Merritt Funeral Home in Charge.

The Carrollton Chronicle, March 21, 1963 pg 7
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

William Arthur "W.A." Kelley was the fourth of the eight children born to Bethel A. Kelley and Lucy J. Ward.

In October 1910 William Arthur Kelley came to Mount Calm, Texas to take Hannah Edith Jones as his bride. He had known Edith long before the Jones family left Tennessee to come to Texas and had made the remark to several of his friends that he was going to marry "that little red headed girl when she grew up". They were married 26 October 1910. In January 1912, W.A. and Hannah Edith Kelley, with their first born baby (Thirzie Novella) came to Hebron on a train and settled on the Furneaux ranch.

W.A. and Edith moved several times back to Tennessee. The last two weeks in December of 1929 they loaded their Model T truck and Model T car with their personal belongings and seven children and headed for Texas to stay. It took fourteen days to make the long journey. On January 1, 1930 they arrived at Hebron and settled on the Harry Lord farm, three miles west of Hebron.

In 1935 they moved to Forney, Texas. After eight years they moved back to Hebron, bought their home and lived their until their deaths.

Together, they had eight children: Thirzie Novella, Willie Rachel, William Austin, the twins Clyde Garland and James Marland, Lucy Ieleene, Bessie Lillian, and Betty Jean.

*A very special 'Thank You' to Steven Brandt for taking this picture of my Great-grandfather's final resting place.


H. EDITH - OCT 31, 1896 - DEC 14, 1971
W. ARTHUR - SEPT 24, 1886 - MAR 13, 1963

Furneaux Cemetery, Carrollton, Denton County, Texas


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