Debra Lynn Kelems, 51, of Caraway, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at her residence after a brave battle with cancer. Mrs. Kelems was born April 6, 1958, in Lepanto to Leo Stallings and Louis (Shashteen) Stallings. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Manila, a 1976 graduate of Caraway High School, and a longtime resident of Caraway. Mrs. Kelems was a hairdresser and Head Start teacher. She loved children, and her favorite hobby was singing gospel songs with her husband.
Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Roy Kelems of Caraway; two sons, Shaun Kelems and wife Dawn of Caraway, and Dustin Kelems and wife Erin Kelems of Jonesboro; her parents of Caraway; a brother, Kenny Stallings of Caraway; a sister, Patricia Stone of Caraway; six grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday May 28, at Calvary Baptist Church, Manila, with Rev. Waymon Holt officiating. Burial was in the Caraway Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Antwan Horton, Jon Kelems, Bobby Sands, Larry Diddo, Chris Kelems, Jason Kelems, Brad Stone, Jammie Stone and Shannon Kelems.
The family received visitors from 6-8 p.m. May 27 at Calvary Baptist Church in Manila.
Faith Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.