Gene Kelley


A Celebration of Life for Mr. Gene Kelley of Gladewater will be held on Thursday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at Victory Road Baptist Church in Kilgore, under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mr. Kelley completed his earthly journey at home surrounded by family on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Gene was born on June 15, 1929 in Longview to Ernest L. and Ethel Kelley. He retired as a truck driver from McKenzie Transportation. He also worked several years at Dehy Services in Gladewater after working for over 30 years at Trailmobile in Longview. Gene was a longtime member of Victory Road Baptist Church.

Gene married Bobbie Callahan on June 20, 1953 in Hope, Arkansas. They celebrated 64 years together this year. They had one daughter, Bonnie O’Rourke, and two nephews they raised, Roger and Jamie Romans.

Left to cherish Gene’s memory are his daughter and son-in-law, Bill and Bonnie O’Rourke of Gladewater, Laura Romans of Pearland, Jamie and Janie Romans of Kilgore; grandchildren, Kelley Player and wife Crystal of Donie, Texas, Kimberly Williams and husband Glenn of Kilgore, Nathan O’Rourke of Gladewater, Nichole O’Rourke of Kilgore, Brandon O’Rourke and wife Callie of Gladewater, and Mandi Townsend of Kilgore; great-grandchildren, Hunter Player, MaKenzie Williams, Trevor Williams, Hagen Player, Brayden O’Rourke, Caliah O’Rourke, Ryon O’Rourke, Chance Romans and Bailey Romans.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ella John Holland, brother Earnest Webb Kelley, sister Bobbie Nealy, sister Billie Pepper and nephew Roger Romans.

The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore on Wednesday, July 5 from 7-9 p.m. Leave online condolences at

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