March 29, 1928 ~ December 29, 2018 (age 90)


James J. Kelly was born in High Point, North Carolina but grew up
in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He attended Hampton Institute (now
Hampton  University),  then joined the Army Air Corps initially in
the engineering field,  followed by his selection for transfer to the
medical corps  from which he graduated with honors.  

Additional training as a flight surgery technician led to his
assignments at Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood (TX),
Lockbourne Army Air Field (OH) with the 332nd Group until the
base’s closure in 1949, as well as Japan during the Korean War,
aiding in the medical evacuation of the 1st Marine Division from
the Chosin Reservoir Battle.  

In 1955 Technical Sergeant Kelly was commissioned a 2nd
Lieutenant, qualifying as an aviator in the  AT-6 and T-33 aircraft
and then serving admirably as an instructor pilot, weapons and
ground controller, operations officer, and squadron commander
until his retirement as a Major in 1971.  

Mr. Kelly has since dedicated his life to social and community
improvement, as the former vice chair of the San Antonio
Planning Commission, and member of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, Community Workers Council of San
Antonio, and Our Lady of the Lake University Trustee Board,
among multiple other positions.  Mr. Kelly and Sallie, his wife of
over 50 years, made their home in San Antonio.


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January 9, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
F.E. Lewis Memorial Chapel
811 So. W.W. White Road
San Antonio, TX 78220

Funeral Service
January 10, 2019

11:00 AM
New St. Mark Baptist Church
1607 Brendell Street

January 10, 2019

1:15 PM
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209

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