Preston Vernon Kelley, Jr. born on Oct. 6, 1946, and went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2011 at his home at the age of 64. He joins his mother Frances Shields, father Preston Vernon Kelley, Sr., and brother Bob Kelley.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lauretta Hiriart Kelley and his children Payton Leigh Davenport and son-in-law Dan, grandsons Reid and Jackson Davenport; daughter Katie Amalia Kelley; and sons Robert Thomas Kelley and Zachary James Kelley.
Preston is also survived by his sister, Katherine ("Kitty") Kelley; brother, Bob Jackson and sister-in-law Carol; niece Dana Wilburn and her husband Steve and their children Avery and Jake; nephew, Andy Jackson and his wife Kelly and their children Mackenzie and Maddox; sister-in-law Julie and her husband James Spaulding and their son Benny and wife Laura Spaulding and their children Kori, Cade, Hallie and Lacey; Andy Spaulding and wife Jenny Spaulding and their children Ariana and April; sister-in-law Michelle Smith and her children Kristina, Karl and Keri, and Keri's children Miklya, Ashton and Jimmy; brother--in-law Randy and his wife Pam Hiriart; Uncle George Bourgeois of New Braunfels; and numerous cousins whom he adored.
Preston began his working career as a partner with his brother Bob in Kelley's Beauty Salons. After selling the salons in 1973 Preston began Ace Parking Lot Service, which he ran for the past 30 years.
Preston left a legacy of love, contagious laughter & a deep abiding faith in the Lord. His passion for life touched many & brought great joy. He was handsome, charismatic, fun loving & intelligent and he lived life to the fullest. Snow skiing, time at the Lake, Cozumel, Golfing, Bowling, Darts, his dogs, his music collection, reading, watching old Westerns, gardening, building projects, his passions were endless and varied. Preston's love of Hawaiian shirts was legendary. If there was a brighter, bolder shirt, he had to have it. He wore them constantly, skied in them, worked in them, even umpired baseball games in them.
Preston loved attending the Westside High School sports activities of his youngest son Zachary including baseball, golf, and marching band; and visiting with his children and grandchildren. He loved to snow ski and was blessed to have been able to ski many beautiful mountains with family and friends. He cherished times at Lake McQueeney with his mother, children, grandchildren, neighbors, family and friends.
Please join us for a Memorial Service to celebrate this extraordinary man's life and legacy.
Friday, April 29th
1:00 pm in the Chapel
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77024
There will be a reception immediately following the service in The Garden Room of Houston's First Baptist Church. Please advise your florist that flower delivery must be on Friday, April 29th between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm due to space constraints and the ability to keep the flowers fresh. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the American Heart Association in Preston's memory at http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR/Events/General?pg=fund&fr_id=1030&pxfid=191480&JServSessionIdr004=2deowjczv1.app240a
In acknowledgement of Preston's love for Hawaiian shirts please consider wearing one to his memorial celebration. Cards and condolences can be mailed to 11822 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, Texas 77077.
Preston's daughter Katie Kelley is unable to attend the services and has created a memorial website honoring her father. Please take a moment to view and comment on Katie's beautiful memorial to her father at http://www.prestonvernonkelley.last-memories.com
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Posted on April 27, 2011
May God bless Preston Kelley & his family. I was blessed by Preston as I was one of his pitchers at MacArthur High in San Antonio. He was the "spark plug" of the team as well as a fine person who always conducted himself more mature than his teenage years off & on the field. He was sorely missed when he graduated a year ahead of me, but through the years have recalled many images of him, never to be forgotten.
Posted on April 27, 2011
Heaven turned the music up for you when you arrived home. We can almost hear it here! We will always remember the good time we all had together when we were young. Thank you for our beautiful daughter Payton and all the wisdom she has today because of you. Love,Pam
Posted on April 27, 2011
I remember all the great times as we moved into our new homes in Memorial hills. Preston and I had some great times playing softball and became great friends. I will cherish his friendship forever and know he is with his Father now. Love ya preston.
Posted on April 29, 2011
Some got to be Preston's friend. Some got to be his neighbor. I was privileged to be his friend for life and, for many years, his next-door neighbor. Preston knew a little bit about just about everything, sort of like having your very own Google in human form within an arm's reach. No need for a computer back then if Preston was available. There wasn't anything better than running into Preston for a few minutes outside our townhouses, just talking about sports, lots of Astros analysis, life, business and Baylor. He was a fiery little catcher on his teams back in the day and his stories were priceless. You always felt better after being around Preston. I think God put him here to put a permanent smile on people's faces and to offer his help to any who asked. Many times, you never had to ask. He was just there for you.
From Kelley Family
Integrity Funeral Care
3915 Dacoma, Suite E
Houston, TX. 77092
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