Jim Ferguson McKelvy, 85, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at a local hospital.
Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, June 8, 2008 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy. 277 South. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 9 at Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2910 S. 20th with Rev. Mike Woodard officiating; entombment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park in the Garden Mausoleum with military honors.
Jim was born on April 30, 1923 in Blum, TX to Pickens J. and Maggie McKelvy. He enlisted in the United States Navy January 27, 1942, where he served for 4 years 11 months. All his time was spent in the Pacific Theatre, serving on the USS Saratoga, USS Vulcan and USS Moale; some of the ports were India, Japan, Australia, Fiji Islands, Hawaii and other islands. He was in the Naval Reserve for four years. Jim returned home to Cleburne, where he began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone and ATT; he retired in Abilene with 37 years of service.
He married Norma Dee Price in Childress on July 10, 1949 and they moved to Abilene in 1951. He is a long time member of the Southwest Park Baptist Church. After retirement Jim enjoyed traveling, fishing and gardening with family and friends. He was a handy man, who could fix anything; there was a great demand for his services in the retirement community.
He is survived by his wife, Norma of the home; son, Darryl and wife, Debbie McKelvy of Sulphur, LA.; Denise Stairs and husband, Greg of Mansfield; grandchildren, Jody McKelvy of Sulphur, LA, and Rachel and Eric Stairs of Mansfield; brother, P.J. McKelvy of Cleburne; sister, Eula Mae Lenard of Alvarado; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and a sister.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Easy Rider Van Project, co Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2910 S. 20th, Abilene, TX 79605.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
I have just learned of Jims passing. Do accept my condolences. You and Jim are special people and I have enjoyed knowing you through these many years. My prayers are with you today. I will not be able to attend Jims services because I will be traveling to Dallas as I have family in the hospital there. Love and sympathy, Anna
Anna BrazzelAbilene, TX
norma,We are so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with , you and your family. Lorain,Shirley Tonya
lorain kauffman,shirley miers,tonya connelabilene, TX
Norma you probably dont remember me but I worked in the business office at Southwestern Bell. I had the wonderful pleasure of talking to Jim when he called in to the SOCC desk when he was an installer. I was so sorry to hear of his passing and I know youll miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Teri Cox BrownAbilene, TX
As neighbors for the last few years, it was our pleasure to know Jim through trips to the mailbox and friendly exchanges.
He will be sorely missed.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in this time of loss.
Sue Doug Drumheller
Doug Sue DrumhellerAbilene, TX
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Our God is truly and awesome God....and I am amazed at how He worked out every detail of this past week....months...and years.
He never gives undying grace on an undying day. He provides that grace at that special moment for that specific need......and His grace is truly sufficient.
Thank you for your testimony to His grace. Many of us have been influenced....and will continue to be influenced....even from afar.
Karen WellsAmarillo, TX