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Marvin Wayne Kelley

Memorial for Marvin Wayne Kelley

Born in Cameron, Texas on Oct. 31, 1953
Departed on Apr. 12, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Apr. 17, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Apr. 18, 2009
2:00 pm
Cemetery: Austin Memorial Park
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Marvin Wayne Kelley was born in Cameron, Texas to Harmon Kelley and Shirley Williams Kelley on October 31, 1953. Wayne was affectionately called "Baby Boy" by his parents and was the youngest of five children. Wayne departed this life on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 and was preceded in death by his parents.

Wayne attended schools in the Cameron Independent School District and graduated from Yoe High in 1972 where he was active in music and sports. Wayne spent some of the happiest times of his childhood in his neighborhood in Cameron playing little league baseball in summers where he was a pitcher, rode his bicycle and later riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. While in high school and in general, he was a likeable rambunctious young man with many childhood friends and was always friendly, honest and frank; his word was his bond. Wayne was a lifelong die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan which his sons also inherited.

Wayne earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Economics in 1976 from Prairie View A&M University. Wayne and Brenda met at Prairie View A&M University and became college sweethearts which culminated in holy matrimony on December 18, 1976. Their union created two sons, Marlon and Marvin. He totally devoted his life to his wife and sons and always worked on their behalf and best interest. Wayne coached his sons in various sports for more than 10 years. He enjoyed fishing, playing golf and tennis, listening and playing music, and attending concerts. He was an avid fan and consumer of cars, watches and neckties; he also enjoyed acquiring the latest and greatest high technology items.

Wayne had a professional career primarily with the State of Texas which spanned more than thirty years with various state agencies; Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Natural Resources Commission, Office of the Governor of Texas and for the past six years as a Fiscal Notes Coordinator with the Legislative Budget Board. Wayne was recognized as a leader at many of the agencies where he was employed. He also served as a member of the board of directors (1990-1993) for the Austin Area Urban League.

Wayne's real passion was music and he was a gifted musician. He was an autodidact and was very proud of the fact as a little boy he taught himself to play the bass on a broomstick. He also played piano, drums and guitar. As a teen, he had a music group that played across Central Texas. While attending Prairie View A&M he helped create the group, Free Expression who went on to headline for such notable groups as Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Commodores and The Ohio Players.

He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church Choir for over twenty years where he played the bass guitar. On any given Sunday, he could be found up front and ready to lend his talent to the service of the hour. Wayne was honored in 2007 by the Wesley Intergenerational Choir during their annual musical.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 32 years, Brenda, two sons, Marlon Wayne Kelley and Marvin Julian Kelley; their beloved Dalmatian, Jessica; his sister, Constance Kelley Ward (Clifford); his brothers: Dr. Harmon W. Kelley (Harriett), Dr. Danny Kelley (Janice) and David Kelley (Karen). Wayne is also survived by an aunt, Gloria Gray of Institute, W. VA, uncle, John Williams of Milano, TX; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nephews and many other family members and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Wayne's honor to the National Brain Tumor Society 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D Watertown, MA 02472 http://www.braintumor.org/CurrentResearch/


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