Kelsey Family Obituaries

--from the Log Cabin Democrat, Sat., 31 Dec 1921 


      Rev. E.M. (Maud) Kelsey, 41, of Conway, member of the North Arkansas 
  Conference, M.E. Church, south, and pastor of the church at Elaine, Ark., 
  died almost instantly of heart failure in the office of his brother-in-law, 
  W.A. Russell, in the Halter Building at noon today. Mr. Kelsey was 
  apparently in robust health, although he had complained for a few days of a 
  cold and a pain in his chest. He and Mr. Russell had just entered the office 
  and he was seated in a chair when he suddenly fell forward. Dr. I.N. 
  McCollum, in an adjoining office, was immediately summoned, but Mr. Kelsey 
  breathed only a few times after the physician reached him. 

      Rev. Kelsey was a son of the late J.R. Kelsey, a pioneer citizen of this 
  county, and was born on the Kelsey homestead seven miles east of Conway, 
  September 02, 1880. He was educated in local schools and Hendrix College and 
  17 years ago decided to enter the Methodist ministry, serving the remainder 
  of his life in that profession. At the conference at Fort Worth last month, 
  he was assigned to the pastorate of the Elaine church. 

      He is suvived by his wife, who was Miss Josie Metzger, and two 
  daughters, Marie, 17, and Dona, 13. He also leaves four sisters, Mrs J.R. 
  Holmes, eight miles east of Conway, Mrs. W.A. Russell, and Misses Lula and 
  Ola Kelsey of Conway. 

     --from the Log Cabin Democrat, Mon., 02 Jan 1922 


      The funeral of Rev. E.M. Kelsey, who died suddenly in the office of W.A. 
  Russell in the Halter Building at noon Saturday, was held this morning at 
  10:30 o'clock. Services were conducted at the family residence by Rev. J.E. 
  Snell of Springfield, assisted by Rev. D.J. Weems of Conway. The burial was 
  at Oak Grove Cemetery. The funeral was attended (by) a large number of 
  friends and relatives, including many out of Conway.
--from the Log Cabin Democrat, Tues., 12 Oct 1926 


    Miss Ola Estelle Kelsey died at her home on South Mitchell Street 
Saturday evening at 6 o'clock, after a long illness. The funeral services 
were held at her home Sunday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Dr. J.M. Workman, 
pastor of the Methodist Church and interment made at the New Liberty 
Cemetery. Pallbearers were George Carter, W.H. Gist, John Camp, Silas 
Conway, Homer Stwart, Silas Conway and Walter Holt. 

    Miss Kelsey was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Kelsey, 
prominent Faulkner Co. citizens. She was born August 1, 1879, on her 
father's farm eight miles east of Conway, where she lived until a few years 
ago. Miss Kelsey was a devoted member of the Graham Chapel Methodist Church. 
She was loved by a large circle of friends, who admired her many virtues. 
Three sisters, Mrs. J.R. Holmes, Mrs. W.A. Russell and Mrs. Lula Kelsey and 
several neices are surviving relatives.

--from the Log Cabin Democrat, Fri., 17 Sep 1954

     Mrs. Betty Kelsey Holmes, 83, a native and lifelong resident of
 County, died at the Richardson Rest Home here Thursday night following an
 illness of several months.
     Mrs. Holmes was the widow of James Robert Holmes of the Liberty
 community, east of Conway, whose death occurred in 1929.

     She was born October 23, 1870, a daughter of the late Joseph Robert
 Elizabeth Dunaway Kelsey.

     Mrs. Holmes is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dula Reid, Faulkner-Van
 Buren County Librarian, and Mrs. Holwyn Hamlett of Conway; three sons, Joe
 R. Holmes of Kansas City, Mo., Hulon H. Holmes of Searcy, and Cyril Holmes
 of Tulsa, Okla.; a half-sister, Mrs. W.A. Russell of Little Rock; 13
 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

     Funeral will be at McNutt Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Saturday by the Rev.
 Joel A. Cooper and burial will be in New Liberty cemetery.

     Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

--from the Log Cabin Democrat, Thurs., 21 Sep 1916 


--from Friday's Daily
    The big fraternal picnic at Cross Roads, near the J.R. Holmes store, 
eight miles east of Conway, was marred today when Joseph R. Kelsey, a 
pioneer resident of Faulkner County, dropped dead while attending the 
celebration. Mr. Kelsey, although about 85 years old, had been enjoying good 
health despite his advanced age. Heart failure is said to have caused his 
death. Mr. Kelsey came to Faulkner County 62 years ago, and has lived here 
since. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Tenth Arkansas 
Regiment, and served throughout the struggle. He was well known over the 
county. He is survived by four children. Funeral arrangements have not been 

 --from the Log Cabin Democrat, Tues., 26 Nov 1946 


    Mrs. Lillian Ansley Fulmer of Conway, aged 75, widow of Thurston Fulmer, 
native and lifelong resident of Faulkner County, died at 2 p.m. Monday at 
the Memorial Hospital, following an illness of two weeks. Mrs. Fulmer was 
born June 02, 1871, a daughter of the late Sam and Amanda Shaw Kelsey. She 
was a member of the Methodist Church and of the Rebekah Lodge. Surviving her 
are two sons, Harmon Fulmer of Pocahontas and T.Kelsey Fulmer of Conway; a 
daughter, Mrs. Joe Freyaldenhoven of Benton, Ark.; nine grandchildren and 16 

    Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of the Pence Funeral 
Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday by Rev. W.P. Whaley, assisted by Rev. J. Russell 
Cross, and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. 

    Pall-bearers will be as follows: Active--L.A. Smith, Bob Stapleton, Mark 
Huckabee, Willie Stacks, Sam Long, and Ed Middleton; Honorary--F.B. Johnson, 
Clyde Anderson, Wilber Dobbyns, Dr. Charles A. Archer, Dr. C.H. Dickerson, 
Sr., Dr. George Harrod, Ray Seals, Rev. Boyd Johnson, George Fiddler, Tom 
Southerland, R.B. Townsend, Glenn Donnell, William J. Clark, Lester Powers, 
and Joe Wirges. 

    The body will be removed to the family home, 1935 Caldwell Street, this 
afternoon, and remain there until a short time before funeral services 
tomorrow. Mrs. Fulmer made her home with Mrs. C.C. Thomason.
--from the Log Cabin Democrat, Mon., 24 Apr 1939 


    Mrs. Dora Warren, 65, died at her home, 1310 Sycamore Street, North 
Little Rock, at 10:45 p.m. Saturday. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. 
Emma Dobbins of North Little Rock, and Mrs. Nora Haynie of Bell, Calif.; a 
sister, Mrs. Lillian Fulmer of Conway; five grandchildren and eight 
great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. today at the 
Griffin-Leggett Funeral Home, Little Rock, by Rev. L.H. Roseman. Burial was 
in Old Liberty Cemetery east of Conway. Pall-bearers were: Active--J.G. 
Skinner, S.H. Lindsey, R.W. Nalls, Ralph Anderson, J. Paul Palmer, and Dick 
Wright. Honorary--John Lee, C.M. Wilson, W.H. Norwood, Tom Sutherland, Dr. 
George Harrod, Ira Stack, George Fiddler, and Joe Freyaldenhoven.

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