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Former Comanche resident, James Kris Kelman, most recently of Sayre, was called from his earthly home to his heavenly home on December 17, 2017 at the age of 59. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 27th, 1 P.M., First Baptist Church Comanche with Pastor Eli Gardner and Pastor Mike Bates officiating. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Comanche.
Kris was born November 29, 1958 in Duncan, the youngest of five children of Jakie Kelman and Ozella Henderson Kelman. He was raised on the family farm southeast of Comanche. He attended Comanche schools and was a long time resident of Comanche. On April 9, 1977, he married Carla Thompson of Comanche.
Kris attended Trinity Fellowship Church in Sayre. He enjoyed participating as a volunteer at the "Camp of Champions," a Christian based summer rodeo camp for boys and girls held at Trinity Fellowship.
Starting as a teenager, Kris spent most of his working life as an independent, self-employed trucker culminating in his Red Dirt Transportation Company. He also previously worked as a mechanic for Halliburton.
He enjoyed many activities including fishing, camping, boating, playing cards and dominos, family outings and holidays. His passion was spending time with his children and enjoying their sports activities. Most recently he loved getting to spend time with and spoiling his grandson, Decklan. He was a very loving and giving person. He had a special place in his heart for the elderly and anyone in need. He helped in a Senior Citizen Center where he loved visiting with "old folks" and hearing their stories and life lessons and experiences. Kris was always the first to help anyone, family, friend, or stranger, wherever he saw a need.
Kris was also known by his family and friends as a prankster and practical joker. He enjoyed making people laugh and never met a stranger. He believed children were a blessing and had a genuine love for all kids; his own, nieces, nephews, and children in general. His music was Red Dirt, his band was Lynyrd Skynyrd, and his favorite "vittles" were chicken fried steak, fried catfish, and Italian cream cake.
Kris is survived by his son, Dustin James Kelman and wife, Jessica, Ardmore; his daughter, Krista Nolan and husband, Anthony,Lawton; his former wife, Carla Murphy, Owasso; sisters, Sharon Kelman and Dr. Robert Adelman, Malakoff, TX; Karen Johnson, Comanche; Kathy Attaway Guettler and husband, Paul, Houston, TX; and brother, Keith Kelman and wife Teresa, Lawton; grandson, Decklan James Kelman and new granddaughter, Reese Heather Kelman, Ardmore; nephews, Jeffrey Johnson, Jonathan Johnson, Jared Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Shannon Kelman, Lance Attaway, Kyle Attaway, Brandon Attaway; nieces, Krystal Ticknor, Audra Kelman Greene; cousins, David Henderson, Janice Henderson Snowden, and John Carl Wilson; and several great nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents, and his daughter Brandi Heather Cummings.
Kris is deeply missed and will forever be remembered and cherished in the hearts and thoughts of his family who rejoice in the fact that he is at peace with his Creator and loved ones in heaven.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Children's Homes of Oklahoma or Trinity Fellowship "Camp of Champions" Sayre.
Published on January 24, 2018
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