James Sherrill Kelly
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James Sherrill Kelly
  • October 10, 1925 - October 6, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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James Sherrill Kelly
1925-2017
James Sherrill Kelly left this temporal life to enter into eternal life with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the early morning of October 6, 2017. He was born in Beaumont, Texas on October 10, 1925 to Ruby Boone Kelly and Ludlow Kelly, and was their only child. At the age of five, his family moved to Houston, Texas where he maintained his permanent residence throughout his life, leaving only to attend university and serve in the military.

James graduated from Milby high school at the age of 16 and matriculated into Texas A&M University in the same year. In the midst of his sophomore year, he left Texas A&M and joined the Army Air Corps during WWII. He served in the Pacific theater, deployed to the Philippines, Guam and occupied Japan. After returning home from Japan, he enrolled at Baylor University, earning a baccalaureate in Psychology with minors in Philosophy and Mathematics.

After James graduated from Baylor, he returned to Houston to begin work as a draftsman for Brown & Root. At the same time, he attended South Texas College of Law in the evenings. Upon receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1953, James began his career as an independent attorney. He worked honorably in the law profession until final retirement at the age of 88.

James Kelly was a true renaissance man. He was a philosopher and a poet, an author and an accomplished artist, an athlete and a soldier. He had a great sense of humor and a quick wit. He was a devoted student and teacher of the Holy Bible, a committed Christian and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Pat Kelly; daughters Sherri Kelly, Kathy Frederick and husband Bob; son James L. Kelly and wife Kim; children by marriage Travis Goodman, Vincent Goodman and wife Kathy, and Susan Dowell; grandchildren, Cole Frederick, Bart Frederick, Kathryn Grace Frederick, Reagan Kelly and James Boone Kelly; and former wife, Kathy Kelly. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 13, at Grace Community Church, 1021 Campbell Road in Houston, Texas, where funeral services were officiated by Reverend Rick Minett, at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services followed in Burton, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Community Church.