Otis Wayne “Cowboy” Kelley was joyfully welcomed home by his heavenly Father on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Wayne was born September 14, 1945 in LaPanto, Arkansas. He had a joy that was unmistakable! Always wearing a smile, Wayne never met a stranger and always made others feel loved!
In December of 1966 Wayne married the love of his life, Willie Mae Strauss Kelley. They began their life together and he took his love for the open country and big trucks and became a truck driver, in 1972, to support his family. During his many years in the truck driving industry, Wayne was a gravel truck driver, hauling for Rebel Sand and Gravel before becoming a long-distance, over-the-road truck driver. He and his wife, Mae owned several trucks and were a driver team for Tropic Express, Lisa Motor Lines, Younger Bros, and Hollamon Trucking. After retiring from the open road and semi-trucking, he started a hot-shot business, which he continued until he retired in 2017. Wayne loved telling stories of his truck driving days. He loved telling stories – period! You could count on him always having a smile and a joke for you. He had an amazing gift of joy!
Wayne loved hunting, fishing, his “aggravating puppies” (as he jokingly called them – especially Tank), and raising cows. He was a dedicated supporter of St. Judes and Dreams Come True of Louisiana. Most of all, Wayne had a tremendous love for his family, his friends, and his Lord! He was a member of The Potters House Church in Albany La.
Wayne is preceded in death by his soul mate and loving wife Willie Mae Strauss Kelley; his father, Hersel Odis Kelley; and his mother, Delta Ileene Drain Kelley. He is survived by his daughter, Terri Lynn Kelley; daughter, Sherry LaWayne Kelley-Mack and son-in-law, Brian; son, Randy Wayne Stephenson and daughter-in-law, Donna; grandchildren, Dakota DeWayne Kelley and his wife, Holly; Michael Randy Stephenson and his wife Amanda; Richard Lamar Mack and his fiancé, Chelsea; and Nathan Charles Mack; his great grandchildren, Jaxon and Scarlet Kelley, Levi and Parker Stephenson, Hayden Ferguson and Ellie Barragan; and Wayne’s special friend, Barbara Ransom. He was also known as Papa Wayne to Kaysen Miller, Alyvia York, Riley and Wyatt Ayres, and Riley Aguillard, along with numerous others. Wayne is also survived by a host of cousins and close friends .
Services for Otis Wayne “Cowboy” Kelley will be held at Cross Truth Church, located at 17457 Wes McLin Rd, Livingston, Louisiana (off the Satsuma Exit) on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Visitation will be from 9am – 11am, followed by a small service for close friends and family. Please note that MASKS ARE MANDATORY – NO Exceptions! Pallbearers: Dakota Kelley, Richard Mack, Nathan Mack, Cody Ballard, and John “Bucky” Horton. Honorary Pallbearers: Jaxson Kelley and Hayden Ferguson.
In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts are preferred to be sent to Dreams Come True of Louisiana. www.dctofla.com in his honor
Welcome home, my good and faithful servant!