Talbot Brown Kelly III

June 27, 1941July 31, 2018
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Talbot Brown Kelly, III, 77, passed away on July 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. He was born on June 27, 1941 in Abilene, Texas to the late Talbot and Elizabeth Kelly, Jr.

Talbot was a longtime member of the Associated Builders and Contractors and also enjoyed hunting. He loved baseball and especially his beloved Astros. His heart and soul belonged to Kelly Painting and Decorating for many years. He built the company from the ground up and was very proud that it still bore his name after selling it. He considered his employees friends.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Kelly; sons, Mark Ryan Kelly, Scott Matthew (Erin) Kelly; sister, Betty East; brothers, James (Maudine) Kelly, John (Joan Gordon) Kelly; Gary (Betty) East and granddaughter, Parker Elizabeth Kelly.

The family will be receiving friends at a Memorial Gathering in remembrance of Mr. Kelly on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Colonial Funeral Home on Red River Street in Victoria. Memorial donations may be made to the James Dick Foundation, the Victoria Symphony, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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  • Talbot Brown Kelly III, Father
  • Elizabeth Hanna Kelly, Mother
  • Linda Kelly, Wife
  • Mark Ryan Kelly, Son
  • Scott Matthew (Erin) Kelly, Son
  • Betty (Gary) East, Sister
  • James (Maudine) Kelly, Brother
  • John (Joan) Kelly, Brother
  • Parker Elizabeth Kelly, Granddaughter


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, August 4, 2018

Talbot Brown Kelly III

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joan gordon

September 18, 2018

Sonny marched to his own drum. He knew what he liked; knew what he wanted and did exactly as he pleased. (qualities I greatly admire). When I first joined the Kelly Family, I was touched by Sonny's generosity and the way he invariably reached for the tab our first night together at the Kelly Family Reunions.

Sonny was my guide to good food and wine. He invariably knew what to order and I felt reassured when I happened to pick the same main course, knowing it was bound to be good. It was great having a fellow "foodie" at the table. I also understand that his turkey dressing and venison chili were legendary.

Sonny was our paterfamilias. He was a unique, "one of a kind" individual and I will miss him dearly.

R J Wooten

August 6, 2018

Mr Kelly was a real friend. I learned a lot from him just from being around him.
I already miss him. His wife & family is in
Our prayers
R J & Diane Wooten

Lacie Petersen

August 4, 2018

Many of my most cherished childhood memories include the Kelly Family, with Mr. Kelly adding so much color (sometimes vibrant!) and a special spunk. He was fiesty, had an impish twinkle in his eye, and brought a sense of adventure to whatever we were up to, and we adored him. To this day, decades later, our treasured stories about the river house trips or the deer camp that involve him are the ones on repeat.

He once let me and Cadee Castellow tag along with him on a trip to the hardware store in one of his commercial trucks, complete with ladders and pipes hanging off of it everywhere. After the errand, we somehow twisted his arm into driving us by Cadee's various friends' houses for a good part of the afternoon. I remember thinking how "cool" he was for spending the time with us, when the deer camp projects were waiting. I won't ever forget bumping along with him in that big truck, ladder hanging out over the cab, listening to the radio and looking for boys! He was such a good sport.

Speaking of vehicles, there was also the big truck he took to the river house one summer to haul all of us to the toob drop off. Does anyone remember that it didn't have any brakes?!

I also remember he cooked a pretty mean breakfast. He was always the one to feed us at the deer camp, and one time he served us eggs with chips and cheese mixed in. This was rather exotic fare for a kid who only are Fruit Loops. I credit him for sparking my love for migas!

I have so many memories I could share, but I just want you to know he will always be remembered lovingly and fondly by me and my family. Despite space and time, you all still hold a dear place in my heart. I'm so sorry for your great loss and hope you find the love and support you need during this time.