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Kelley, James W.
James. W. Kelley, 75, of Galesburg, died at 12:35 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2010 in OSF St. Mary Medical Center.

He was born June 4, 1935 in Mayfield, Ky. the son of Flora and Herman Kelley.
He is survived by two daughters, Deanna (and Larry) McGhee of Cleveland, Ohio and Barbara A. Kelley of Crest Hill, Ill., a step daughter, Patricia Davis of Galesburg, two step sons, Craig Carpenter of Galesburg and Timothy Carpenter of Jackson, Tenn., two sisters, Josephine (and Clyde) Cavitt of Detroit, Mich. and Hattie (and the late Bernice) McCurry of Cleveland, Ohio, and a brother, Robert (and Janelle) Kelley of Durham, N.C. He has five grandchildren, Marnesha Flowers of Galesburg, Callisha Hope of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Samuel Scott of Cleveland, James Lamar (and La Toya) Flowers of Peoria, Ill., and Bryan Kelley of Galesburg, and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Elizabeth A. Kelley, three brothers, Monroe Kelley, George Kelley, and William Kelley, and a great granddaughter, Jalyssa Flowers.

James worked for Butler Manufacturing for 11 years. He was a radio dispatcher for the Galesburg Police Department for a number of years, worked driving for Dohrn Trucking Company, and was a deputy with the Knox County Sheriff's Department. After he retired he drove a school bus for District 205. While working for the Knox County Sheriff, he was promoted to Sergeant. He retired December 3, 1997. He was appointed to the Merit Board on February 16, 2000 and retired from there on January 1, 2010.

He loved the kids that he transported on the school buses and also loved to talk to everybody. He made many friends all over. He enjoyed going to the gas station and talk, smoking cigarettes and playing the lottery and talking to everyone who came into the store. James loved cooking and entering barbequing contests.
James served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958.

Funeral will be noon Saturday, October 16, 2010 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Jon Sibley will officiate and military honors will be provided by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral with burial in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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