Helen "Margie" Kelley

December 18, 1933July 21, 2020
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Helen “Margie” Kelley, 86, long time resident of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and in her final years, Plano, Texas, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Margie was born on Monday, December 18, 1933, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the third child of Luther and Josephine Tompkins. Margie had the pleasure of sharing her life with three older step brothers, L.C., Paul, and Joe Tompkins, along with three natural siblings, Ed, Vera and Jim Tompkins. She was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas until middle school, when the Tompkins family moved to Jacksonville. Margie, along with her siblings, attended Jacksonville High School. She cherished her school years and remained in close contact with dear high school friends throughout her life. From cheerleading, to softball and bowling, she loved and played sports with enthusiasm and passed this joy on to her children and grandchildren.

During her school years, Margie met the love of her life, the late Fermon “Coy” Kelley, and would marry early.

Margie and Coy began their marriage during the Korean War and had three children, Marsha Kelley Parr, now of Plano, TX, Brenda Kelley Wells, of Springfield, MO, and Alan Coy Kelley, of Natchitoches, LA. Besides being a wonderful homemaker, Margie supported Coy in the development and operation of their company, Northgate Construction Company, for more than 20 years.

Margie and Coy were lifelong members of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church, before Coy suffered a debilitating stroke. Margie continued to support the church as a volunteer up until the decision, in their later years, to relocate to Plano, Texas, to be closer to family.

After the death of Coy, Margie shared many adventures with family and friends, traveling both domestically and overseas to Europe. Of all her travels, Hawaii and Ireland were her and family’s favorites.

Throughout her life, Margie loved and cared for her family. She is survived by her two siblings, Vera Gray and Jim Tompkins, her sister-in-law, Betty Tompkins, her three children, her six grandchildren - Brandy Michelle Taylor, Cameron and Bridgette Wells, Colton, Conner and Alexandra Kelley - and two great-grandchildren, Max and Molly Taylor. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, L.C., Paul, Joe, and Ed, and her husband Coy.

She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. Services will be held Monday, July 27th, 2020, 3:00 p.m., at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Rd, North Little Rock, Arkansas, 72117.

Honorary Pall Bearers include Alan “Coy” Kelley, Conner Kelley, David Wells, Cameron Wells, Larry Taylor, and Rick Gray.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 220 West Main Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076.


  • Luther Tompkins, Father (deceased)
  • Josephine Tompkins, Mother (deceased)
  • Fermon "Coy" Kelley, Husband (deceased)
  • L. C. Tompkins, Brother (deceased)
  • Paul Tompkins, Brother (deceased)
  • Joe Tompkins, Brother (deceased)
  • Ed Tompkins, Brother (deceased)
  • Vera Gray, Sister
  • Jim Tompkins, Brother
  • Betty Tompkins, Sister-in-law
  • Marsha Kelley Parr, Daughter
  • Brenda Kelley Wells, Daughter
  • Alan Coy Kelley, Son
  • Brandy Michelle Taylor, Grandchild
  • Cameron Wells, Grandchild
  • Bridgette Wells, Grandchild
  • Colton Kelley, Grandchild
  • Conner Kelley, Grandchild
  • Alexandra Kelley, Grandchild
  • Max Taylor, Great Grandchild
  • Molly Taylor, Great Grandchild

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  • Alan "Coy" Kelley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Conner Kelley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Wells, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cameron Wells, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Larry Taylor, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rick Gray, Honorary Pallbearer

  • First United Methodist Church



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Rhonda Carpenter Mitchell

July 29, 2020

Dear Marsha, Brenda, Alan and Family,
Remembering Margie is such a treasure to me. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Her smile and kind ways will be remembered here in the hearts of our family as she visited us in South Arkansas for many years. We are praying for your family during this difficult time.
Billy and Rhonda Mitchell
Ricky Carpenter

David wells

July 28, 2020

This was a first class lady. An infectous smile and giggle. I loved her so very much and will miss her smile and constant pressure to get her a cookie. She is Cheerleading now in me a cookie Margie.

Vicki Lloyd/Gray

July 27, 2020

Hey guys ! I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mom. Margie was my second mom.. I remember her always telling people I was her summer daughter. I have so many fond memories of her & your family. She was the most gracious, kind loving woman I have ever met. She always had a smile on her face. Even when she was upset she hid it with kind words. I miss all the good times with her & all of you. We have grown up & lost touch with each other & that makes me sad. I spoke with Alan & was planning on coming to service but unfortunately my AC went out & they are replacing it today. My heart breaks for y’all & I hope to see you all one day. I love you all & so very sorry I couldn’t be there. Love always, Vicki Lloyd/ Gray

Theresa Parks Champion

July 25, 2020

Absolutely one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known, Miss Margie always had a smile and a good word for everyone. I will forever have such good memories of her and her gentle laugh and the fact that she always treated me like one of her own. Eternal Rest grant to her O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Annette Delgado

July 25, 2020

Deepest sympathy to your family in your loss. Beautiful lady with such a loving and giving heart. I admired the love between sisters, Margie and Vera, as they displayed their dedication to our church. May you find peace in God’s love. Annette

Carmelita Beeching

July 24, 2020

I met Margie when my daughter started dating and later married her grandson Cameron. I was first struck by Margie’s smile and her complete gratitude for anything anyone did for her. She was such a kind soul that was very easy to like! May she rest in Peace 💖

Deborah Funderburg-Goodrum

July 24, 2020

Special memories of your parents, Margie and Coy Kelley and family growing up at our house.
May God Comfort and Bless you always.
The Wayne Funderburg Family


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