Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Kelma Legions

   Kelma Legions was born in Parsons, Tennessee on October 8, 1928 and died November 4, 2017.

  He was married on August 3, 1951 to Elizabeth
Dolci of Lake Village, Arkansas for 66 years.

   He served in the U.S. Army from June of 1948 to 1957 and then became a machinist in Los Angeles.

  He is survived by his children Phyllis Ann Legions-Stowers, Michael Legions (Carrie, Denies Legions-Bauer (Bob) Grace Legions-Carpili, Patt Legions-Nesbitt (Tom) and Teresa Legions-Phillips, and one sister Donnie Spakes who lives in Monticello, Arkansas.

   He also leaves 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his mother Opal Legions, father James Troy Legions, great-granddaughter Michaiah Reed and great-grandson Nicholas Williams.

   Kelma C. enjoyed fishing, barbecues with his family and holiday celebrations. He did not like to be hugged or kissed, but we all did it anyway.

  He may have enjoyed being a coach more than anything. For many years he coached little league and softball, bringing many teams to championships from Los Angeles to Arkansas. He was loved by players, parents and even rival teams.

   His  happiest times were when he was fishing from the banks of Lake Chicot in Arkansas where he owned a home; or fishing from any old place as long as they were biting.

   He died surrounded by his children grandchildren and wife. He was 91 years old.

   A huge and special thanks to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Marisol (one of his amazing caregivers) and to his granddaughter Amanda Grove as a hospice nurse she was there through it all.

  Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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