Kenneth Z. Kelley

Sheriff Kenneth Z. Kelley died on Feb. 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. He was born on July 28, 1924, in Stacy, Coleman County. Kelley enlisted in the U.S. Army in September of 1943 and fought in Normandy, France, and throughout Germany during World War II. After receiving his first Purple Heart, he was assigned as a chauffeur to General George Patton. He married Ruby Stanly Hall Kelley on Dec. 24, 1948. Kelley was Sheriff of Uvalde County from 1965 to 1987, before which he was a police officer with Uvalde Police Department. After his retirement, he opened and operated the Crystal City Detention Center. He continued to serve papers for the Uvalde County until just two months ago. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruby Kelley; one daughter, Judy Miles; and five siblings, Elmer Leamon Kelley, Billie Jo Kelley, George Eaker Kelley, William Alvah Kelley and Billie Joe Schaeffer. He is survived by one son, Kenneth Gene Kelley of Uvalde; three siblings, Winford Kelley, Anna Belle Stone and Etta Lea Shell; six grandchildren; and 15 greatgrandchildren.
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