Note: Extra stone with inscription:
If Tears Could build A Stairway,
And Memories a Lane,
I'd Walk Right Up To Heaven
And Bring You Home Again.
Beuford Kelley - of Commerce Oklahoma died at 9:09 a.m. Friday, Jan 14, 2000, at a Joplin Missouri hospital. He was 73. Born on Sep 20, 1926, in Cleveland Georgia, to Howard Kelley and Allie Chastain Kelley. He had lived in Commerce since 1955, moving from Cardin Oklahoma. He worked for Eagle-Picher Mining Company, where he retired after 26 years. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He married Bertha Miller, Oct 26, 1945, in Long Beach California. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Howard Kelley of Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Ronald Kelley of Monitor Falls New York, B. Shawn Kelley of Gulf Port Mississippi; two daughters, Patsy Anderson of Baxter Springs Kansas; Sandra Kelley Krieg of Baxter Springs. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Dean Kelley; a daughter, Mary Ellen Kelley; a grandson, Kendall Sharbutt; his parents; a brother, Norman Kelley; and a sister, Leona Lewin. Paul Thomas funeral home in Picher. Burial is in Greenlawn cemetery, in Kansas. Pallbearers are Jean White, Everett Harold, Bill Benson, Joe Walden, Tom Smith and Duke Spurgeon.