Troy Lynn Kelems, 51, of Caraway, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at his home near Caraway. A native and life-long resident of Caraway, he was a retired police officer for the City of Caraway. He served 21 years in law enforcement and held over 50 certificates in law enforcement training. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Caraway and a 27-year member of the Caraway Masonic Lodge where he served as Worshipful Master in 1987.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua Kelems; his father, Elmer Kelems; a brother, Pearly Ray Kelems; and his stepfather, Lonnie Hall.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Stallings Kelems of the home; two sons, Jonathan and his wife Jennifer Kelems and Justin Kelems and fiance Courtney Thomas, all of Caraway; his mother, Flossie Hall of Caraway; three brothers, Ricky Kelems and Roy Kelems, both of Caraway, and Robert Hall of Monette; two sisters, Melvina Richeson of Fort Smith and Doris Farmer of Trumann; a granddaughter, Hailey Kelems of Caraway; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Geneva Stallings of Jonesboro.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Caraway with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating. Burial was in Caraway Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers included Tyrone Koons, Glenn Boone, Asa Boatman, Terry Couch, Tim Brickell and Kenneth Faulkner.
Honorary pallbearers included Shannon Kelems, Jason Kelems, Chris Kelems, Shawn Kelems and Dustin Kelems