John Beura “J.B.” Kelley, 91, of Crossett, passed away on May 14, 2021.
He was born on March 28, 1930 to the late Irvin and Ramouth Petit Kelley of Kosiusko, Mississippi. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Nathan Beaugard Pettit.
Mr. Kelley was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church for 58 years where he taught Sunday school and served as a deacon. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a 32 degree Master Mason and member of Crossett Lodge #576 F & A.M. He served in many offices of the Lodge including Master of the Lodge. He enjoyed going to the Grand Lodge in Little Rock and the high point of his Masonic career was having the privilege to work in the degree work there.
Mr. Kelley loved baseball and during high school he was a pitcher and switch hitter. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, turkey hunting and raising cows.
Mr. Kelley was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Doris Craig Kelley; two brothers, Rev. Dewitt Kelley and Edward Kelley (who was wounded during the D-Day invasion); four sisters, Pearl Pippen, Ludy Gambill, Inez Mills and Eddie Lee Hendrix; a grandson, Ethan Brantley; a granddaughter, Amanda Paige Kelley; and son-in-law, Jimmy Baker.
He is survived by two sons, Phillip Kelley and wife Joyce and Greg Kelley and wife Amanda; three daughters, Rickie Baker, Pattie Greene and husband Mike, Barbie Brantley and husband Tony; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kelley; sister, Janice Sivils; six grandchildren Lane Kelley, Paul Greene, Corey Baker, Emily Brantley Johnson, Trent Kelley, Evan Kelley; two great-grandsons, Paytin and Kaine Greene; one great-granddaughter, Katelynn Noel Kelley, along with many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, May 16, at 4 p.m. at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home, Inc. with Bro. Joey Meredith officiating.
Pallbearers are Lane Kelley, Paul Greene, Corey Baker, Trent Kelley, Evan Kelley and Cole Johnson.
Visitation will follow the service at the cemetery.