Obituary – Lita E. Kelley (1960-2021)


Lita Estelle Kelley of Waldron, Arkansas went to meet her Heavenly Father on July 25, 2021. She was 61. Lita was born on June 1, 1960 in Memphis, TX, to parents Olen M. King, Jr. and Lydia Estelle Underwood. 

Lita was proud of her Texas roots and was the cherished baby of the family with three older siblings. In 1970, she moved with her family to Waldron. In 1979, she graduated from Waldron High School with honors.

Lita was married to husband Chris Kelley of Waldron for over 15 years. They enjoyed fishing and hunting together. She was a member of the Solid Rock Church of Y City, Arkansas. Lita was a valued employee of Tyson Foods, where she was recognized for her 40 years of service. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, cousin, and friend. She was kind and caring to everyone that knew her.

Lita is survived by husband Chris, son Nathaniel Hunt and stepchildren: Ashley and Jackie Wilson, AJ and Misty Kelley, Krista Kelley, and Teresa Urban, all from Waldron. She is also survived by her brother James King and wife Sandy of Jonesboro, AR, brother Sammie King and wife Michelle of Galva, KS, sister Rose Johnson and husband David of Nashville, AR, stepfather Wayne Underwood of Waldron, great aunt Jannette McClain of Kirkland, TX, aunt Rosemary James of Austin, TX and uncle Charles King of Weatherford, TX. Lita was very close with her cousin Teresa Keener of Parks, AR and cousin Joe Glover and wife Lynn of Mineral Wells, TX. Lita is survived by thirteen grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews who she adored. Lita will be missed by all that knew her including a host of special friends, neighbors and co-workers she loved dearly.

Lita was preceded in death by her parents and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Lita’s celebration of life service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Mike Shaddon officiating. Interment will follow in the Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be AJ Kelley, Jackie Wilson, Don “Hillbilly” Perkins, Todd Abbott, Brian Parsons, and McLaine McEntire. Honorary pallbearer will be Lewis Payne.

Lita’s visitation will be Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where Lita’s family will receive friends.

For those who want to attend the service but can not be in attendance, the funeral service will be live-streamed on our website.

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