“WO” William Oren Kelcy passed away Aug. 17, 2007, at his home.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1923, in Mullin, Texas, to Thomas E. Kelcy and Jessie Hopson Kelcy.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jack Ruth and the Rev. Clint Callaway officiating. William Oren Kelcy will be buried with military honors at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early, Texas.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Heartland Funeral Home.

WO attended school in Winchell, Texas. He entered the United States Marine Corps in April 1941 in San Diego, Calif. He served in the South Pacific and China. WO served his country well and he loved the Marine Corps very much. WO loved to tell stories or hear stories of the Marine Corps. He was discharged in April 1947 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He married Buena Virginia Fowler on Oct. 7, 1949, in Early. During this time he began working for the railroad. After the railroad, he decided to go into paving roads, and established what is now Kelcy and Son Paving Contractors.

WO was a member of the VFW Post 3278 of Brownwood.

Everyone and anyone that knew WO also knew him as Grandpa. Grandpa had a love for his cattle. You would see Grandpa every day coming down the highway in his little red pickup with the big Marine Corps emblems in the back, headed to the bayou to check on his cattle. He knew every cow by heart and what cow needed to be at Dr. Speck’s, or which cows needed to be moved or weaned from the mama cow.

He also loved to go to his favorite convenience store and buy his scratch-offs. The ladies at Cousins had a heart for Grandpa, and Grandpa for them. His other favorite place and favorite people were the folks at Sliger’s, where he could sit and visit with James and Cullen and everyone there.

WO is survived by his wife of 56 years, Buena Virginia Kelcy; son Wyman Kelcy and wife, Diana; grandson William Kelcy and wife, Kimberly; grandchildren Carrie Kelcy, Myranda Fowler and Kassandra Fowler; great-grandchildren Mia, Bridget, Tenlee, Kaylee, Bailee, DeeAndra, Jim, Jeremiah and Zoe. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.

We will miss you, Grandpa, in your little red pickup.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jimmy and Jessie; and a sister, Ann McInis.

Memorials may be made to the Early Volunteer Fire Department in lieu of flowers.