Funeral services for Dorris R. Kelley, 90, will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with the Reverend Leonard Ezell officiating. Interment will follow with full military honors at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
The son of the late Elijah Kelley and Mamie "Gay" Kelley, Kelley was born on June 11, 1922, in Wilson, Oklahoma, and passed away on March 30, 2013, in the Ardmore Veteran Center.
Kelley served his country in the U.S. Army and fought in WWII and became a POW during the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured December 17, 1944, and escaped three times before he made it to freedom. He received the American Theatre Ribbon with four bronze stars, Prisoner of War Medal and Cross of Valor.
Kelley grew up in the Ringling area and graduated from Ringling High School in 1940. While living in Ardmore, Kelley was a used auto dealer. He enjoyed going to auto shows and anything about cars. He and the former Gwen Jones were married on November 5, 1960, in Gainesville, Texas. They had lived in Tulsa the past 50 years. Kelley was a member of the Tulsa Chapter of American Ex Prisoners of War and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen of Tulsa; and he is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Brad; three sisters; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be: Bob Longest, Doug Loder, Guy Bacon, Don Young, Stanley Foster, John Kelly Davenport, Ken McCaskill and Mike and Justin Kelley. Honorary bearers will be: E. Don Flanagan, Sam Daube and Larry Smith.
The family will receive friends from 6-7 this evening at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences may be made online to the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.