Radford Lenzy Kelly of Mount Vernon, Texas, died April 21, 2004. He was known as R.L. to his friends and was born in Missouri, where he lived most of his life. His interests included world travel, environmental protection, horses, fishing and hunting and planting trees and roses. He was one of the first in the U.S. to utilize artificial insemination to develop Simmental cattle from black Angus. His ability to understand and repair machines and motors earned him the reputation of a master mechanic. Whenever the appropriate tool was not available, he invented an alternative to complete the job. His prefabrication of the screed became the prototype for Barber Greene’s future lay down machines. After retirement from Land Construction Co. as head mechanic on heavy machinery, he continued to live by his Granddad’s rule that no task should be left unfinished. A self-educated man, he pushed his children toward higher education. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Kelly. Surviving are his daughters, Carol Lory, Linda Fisler and Jackie Boyd; son, Radford Len Kelly; sister, Elva Mae Johnson; six granddaughters, one great-granddaughter and his dog, Sable. Services were April 24 at the First Baptist Church in Licking with Dr. Wilbur Mobley officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. “

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