Melba "Jimmie" Lou Kelley
January 3, 1932 – September 6, 2019
Melba "Jimmie" Lou Reynolds Kelley was born in Crockett County, TN January 3, 1932 and passed away on September 6, 2019 in White House, TN. She was proceeded in death by the love of her life, Hoy "Ho Ho" Kelley whom she met in Ohio in 1951 and married in 1952. Hoy and Jimmie packed up their worldly possessions in 1954, traveled in a jeep along Route 66, camping out along the way, to "settle" in the wild wild west of Arizona where they lived at for over 54 years. Momma Jim/Grandma Jimmie was known and loved by many. She never met a stranger, she gave away everything she ever owned, and had an charismatic spirit that can not be forgotten! Jimmie spent her entire life giving to others: she operated an elderly boarding home in Tucson, AZ for over 20 years and provided much love and attention to several elderly ladies and then spent another 20 plus years in private duty, touching the hearts of many with her adventurous, outgoing, yet caring spirit. In addition, she opened up her home to many people over the years, providing them with the love and support they needed during their difficult times. Although the odds were never in her favor, she never gave up on her dream of winning the lottery and promising people what she would do for them or give them, if she were to win... She is also proceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Tennie Clements Reynolds of Alamo, TN, siblings, Maurice, Margarette "Peggy", Robert, and Dorthy "Dottie", daughter Linda, grandchildren Steven and J.J. and great grandchildren Chance and Aiden. She is survived by her "baby doll" Kelleyshawn Brown (Andrew) and their children (Granny's babies): Nolan, Adison, Nelson and Alanna, their grandchildren, Ryder, River and Arabella Brown, her niece who she was very close to, Karen Goins (Billy) and their family whom she loved very much, her children Helen (Freddie) and Art, her grandchildren Deanna, Angela, Michael, Loni, Matthew, Lezli, and Lenzli. 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, great-neices and great-nephews. Overall, Jimmie had a total of 3 children, 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Furthermore, Jimmie had a deep love for her brother and sister in-laws, who her and Hoy loved like their own children, Betty, Ronnie, Nina, Carol, Don, Dee, Mary, Mona and Larry. She also loved: her special friends from the 10-9ers group who her and Hoy made many memories with, her dear friend Maude (Bob) Thomas and their family who she cherished deeply, Alan and Sandy Larson, and many, many, more special people whom she made friends with, took in or took care of over the years. She will be remembered and missed by many, especially her "baby doll" who will be forever greatful she took her in, sacrificed much for her, loved her unconditionally, and became her best friend. I am forever greatful to you and Grandpa for loving me so much and for all our great memories together... I will miss you Grandma-every single day for the rest of my life. As hard as it is to be without you, I am greatful you are no longer suffering, you are with God, and that you and Grandpa are together once again. All my love, Your baby doll forever, Kelleyshawn The family would like to thank the staff at White House Healthcare for taking such great care of Grandma Jimmie and for loving her like your own. In addition, thank you Avalon Hospice for caring for her at the end. A graveside memorial will be on September 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Triune United Methodist Church, Triune, TN. Dinner and memory sharing will follow in Jones Hall. Last modified: 1:51 PM
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Melba "Jimmie" Lou Kelley
Mona & David Weber
September 11, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about our beloved Jimmy ( Melba) . We knew her as Jimmy my brother Hoy's wife. We loved them both so much. Jimmy was a kind and sweet woman we loved an adored her she was a friend and sister to us a great person. We were so blessed to have known her and that she was a member of our family we are all grateful to God that He sent her to us to be a part of our family. She will be missed. We have so many wonderful memories of her. We send our sympathy to the family may God give you strength and comfort at this sad time. God Bless you all.
Love the Weber Family