Mr. James Madison Kelley was born January 6, 1953, in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi to Grady and Ethel Clark, who preceded him in death, along with his brother, Frederick. James confessed hope and faith in Jesus Christ and united with the New St. Luke Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. He later joined the Lake Providence Baptist Church, in 2001, where he continued to serve the Lord as a Deacon of the church.
He graduated from Delta Central High School in Lake Cormorant. He also served in the U. S. Army and retired from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), after 37 years of service. Additionally, James served as Scout Master, and later as Assistant Scout Master for Troop 621. He also worked faithfully with Lake Providence’s Youth ministry in retreats, camping, and festivals. He had a heart for mentoring and serving young people.
James was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and an all-around honorable man, and Christian servant. Everyone loved James and he blessed others with his wisdom and love.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Patricia; Children: Michael (Denieka) Kelley, David Groves II, Brian (Lakita Gaither) Kelley, Adrienne (Kenneth) Day; Grandchildren: Kyra, Kayla, Kelsey, Brennan Kelley, Amani Gaither-Stready, Kennedy, David, Darreian, and Alaija Groves, Alayna Thornton, and Kenneth Day, Jr.; Father in law Roosevelt Sanders Sr.; Siblings: Ethel (Jerry) Young, Grady (Brenda) and Barbara Clark, Lillie (Ivory) Tripplett, Donna Cole, and Katie (David) Linson; brother in laws Roosevelt (Sherleta), Jeffery and Terry (Chandra) Sanders; sisters in law Carolyn and Tovica Sanders; Bonus daughters, granddaughters, nieces, nephews, along with a host of cousins, friends, and other relatives, including Ms. Josephine Kelley, a great friend and the mother of his sons, Michael and Brian. Visitation Wednesday 4-6pm at the funeral home. Funeral Thursday, July 14, 2022 at Lake Providence MBC 11-12 with the funeral to follow. Burial at Middle TN Veterans Cemetery 2pm.