Kelley, James

James R. "Jim" Kelley

August 1, 1935 - June 27, 2020

James R. (Jim) Kelley passed away in McKinney, Texas on June 27, 2020.  Jim was born in Temple, Texas to parents, J.W. (Red) and Radell Kelley on August 1, 1935.  He graduated from Temple High School in 1953 and later graduated from Southwest Texas State College. 

Jim retired from the Social Security Administration in 1995 after serving 34 years.  He was known for his "can do" attitude.  As a result, he advanced throughout various levels of the administration.  As an example, he worked closely with the leaders of the Navajo Nation to establish sites throughout the reservation to make Social Security more accessible to the pueblos.  Jim received the Commissioner's Citation for his success.  Another example, he served as the national training coordinator for over 1300 Social Security offices nationwide.  Jim's last assignment was as the manager of the Oak Cliff Social Security Office.  Jim married Jean Abney Hynes in 1984. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, James P. Kelley; daughter, Amy Jones Rider and husband, Matthew; stepson, Michael Hynes and wife, Robin; stepdaughter, Melissa Hynes; grandchildren, Austin Hynes, Christopher Kelley, Travis Rider and Kelly Rider; brother, Denny Kelley and wife, Rita.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

No services planned at this time. 

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Rest easy, beautiful soul. 
Hannah, July 2, 2020 Jim has been a friend for almost 50 years! We love Jim and Jean as a family! Our grandkids call him Papa Jim and Mimi Jean! May his soul rest in the joy of heaven and may we find joy in our memories with Jim!
Joe and Betty Harrison , July 1, 2020 We are saddened to learn of Jamie’s passing, yet Rejoice in hopeful assurance he is now in his Heavenly home with his sweet Savior, Jesus, and his loving Mom and Dad! Mary and Rod McDaniel, June 30, 2020 Jean, my sympathy to you and your family. It dawned on my that I knew Jim for about 50 years, and we forged a nice bond over that time. We will all miss him. J.ohn Eury, June 30, 2020 I Love you very much! Vanessa Dobbins, June 29, 2020 I worked with Jim throughout his years with SSA. He was a hard worker and was very creative. My prayers are with you Jean as you walk through these difficult days. Lorraine Caldwell, June 29, 2020 Jim was one of a kind. I will miss him. Jim Majestic , June 29, 2020 Jean and family, my deepest sympathies on Jim’s passing. Jim was such a character and what a tremendously great friend. Although I never worked with Jim directly, I remember all of the wonderful stories retold by my late husband, Jack. I’d venture to say that Jim was the most interesting boss Jack ever had! Loss of a loved one is always diffIcult, but I hope y’all are comforted knowing that Jim will remain in the memories of many. Hugs to all of you.
Suellyn Allen Crouch, June 29, 2020 I worked for Jim in the Oak Cliff office and knew him to be a tough but fair boss. Jim was always ahead of the curve, thinking of new ways to handle our beneficiaries' business. He created front-end interviewing before anyone else knew what it was--if the reception area looked full, every available staff person went up front to help, mostly completing SS-5's, Applications for Social Security cards. As long as you were doing your job and doing your best, you knew that Jim would be in your corner. I hope the thoughts and prayers of friends and family and happy memories of the times you shared with Jim will offer Jean and all the family some comfort during this difficult time.
Rod Clark, June 29, 2020