It is with great sadness that I write to you today of the passing of a very long time ARA member, Addison Kelley. His daughter, Julie has been running his company for the last few years as Addison dealt with several medical issues.
Addison was one of the first members to welcome me as a new member into the association and he was always a joy to talk to. He always had a smile and a good story for you. We miss his white Stetson that was used to gather many vote forms or as a collection plate on a special occasion.
To honor our long time ARA member, Addison Kelley, we will gather your messages and send his family a montage of tributes and memories from our members. Please write your brief note in the comments section of this post.
We feel badly about the lateness of this announcement, but we did not learn of his passing until Thursday afternoon.
American Recovery Association
Addison F. Kelley, age 78, passed away on March 31, 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He was born on June 3, 1932 to Addison and Zona Kelley. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. A.F. owned his own company, Addison Kelley’s General Auto Adjusters. He enjoyed participation in Oso Masonic Lodge, Shrine Temple, De Molay and traveling the country-side with his wife and friends. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, ability to never meet a stranger, service to the community, and of course his ‘Big White Hat’. A.F. was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.
A.F. is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Louise and his infant son Addison ‘Bud’ Kelley and his parents.
A.F. is survived by his daughter Julie Gregory and four grandchildren Addison Gregg, Kristin Cannon, Jennifer Gregg-Morgan and Eric Gregory as well as his five great-grandchildren; his brothers, Kenneth and Douglas Kelley of Fort Worth, Texas, and Darrell Kelley of Oklahoma, and his sister Nadine Kelley Johnson of Edinburg, Texas.
A viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Seaside Reid Chapel with a Funeral Service to be held at 11:00 a.m.
Entombment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.