Alvin Kelly, age 73, of Raytown, Missouri, died on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at North Kansas City Hospital. He was born January 2, 1938, in Preston, Oklahoma, to Hesker and Katie Mae (Foote) Kelly. His parents, one brother, Atrus Kelly and three sisters, Lorraine McCoy Hill, Bobbie Finley and Brenda McCoy, preceded him in death. Alvin was educated in the public schools of Kansas City, Missouri, and was a graduate of Lincoln High School, class of 1955. Throughout high school he played the alto saxophone in the marching band and was also a member of the jazz quartet. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served in active duty during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge as a Radioman 2nd Class Petty Officer. He later worked for the Federal Aviation Agency as a Communication Tele-typist. Alvin was also a civil service employee for twenty-eight years, until he retired from the Social Security Administration in 1995. Alvin was united in marriage to Lujean Martin and to their union two children, Aaron and Venita, were born. In 1985, He married Eleanor Washington, who also preceded him in death. In his quiet time, Alvin enjoyed listening to jazz music and some of the greatest horn players. He was a student of the saxophone and has enjoyed playing with the Raytown Community Band for the past seven years. Alvin was an active member of the Paseo AA Group and recently celebrated twenty-nine years of continuous sobriety. He was a quiet spirited man, who loved his family and enjoyed visiting with his daughter and grandchildren in the Kansas City area, along with other family and friends who will miss him dearly. Alvin leaves to cherish his memory: one son, Aaron L. Kelly (Cheryl), Victorville, CA; one daughter, Venita K. Jones (Ronald), Lee’s Summit, MO; one step-daughter, Jean Bond (Robert), Carson, CA; one brother, Stanley McCoy (Sharon), Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren, Aaron Kelly, Jr., Christina Jones, Marissa Jones and Nia Jones; one aunt, Opal Carr and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be on Friday, February 18, at 11:00 a.m. at Concord Fortress of Hope Church, with Rev. Ray Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Brooking Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the church. Service conducted by Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Condolences may be shared on this website.
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the church
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Concord Fortress of Hope Church 11050 West Longview Pkwy Kansas City, Missouri
Brooking Cemetery Raytown, Missouuri
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