Jim Kell, 66, son of Sherman and Violet Kell, was born April 6, 1945, in Holtville, Calif. He died Dec. 26, 2011, in Springfield, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sherman.
He is survived by his mother, Violet of Houston; his wife of 24 years, Deborah Belt Kell of Houston; three children, Martin F. Kell and companion, Isa, of Stuttgart, Germany, Megan Power of London, England, and Marina Del Rey, Calif., and Matthew Kell and wife, Tara, and granddaughter, Brooklyn Erin Kell, of Springfield, Mo; two younger brothers, Sherman Ronald Kell of San Francisco, Calif., and Daniel Kell and wife, Karen, of Houston, Mo; also many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jim went to 17 schools growing up in a military family. He played football at MU before transferring to SD State University.
He spent many years in San Diego and moved to Houston 18 years ago to be a support to his mother. He had experience in many jobs, including Captain of a Sport Fishing boat, Yacht Sales and Mortgage Broker and Banker, working for the Bank of Houston the last 13 years.
Jim was devoted to his family and friends and never met a stranger. He has had a zeal for life and loved to hunt and fish. He raised birds, llamas and bees. He loved to eat, play cards and root for the Chargers! He loved to socialize and never was at a loss for a good story to tell.
He and Deb traveled to many countries. He was always ready for a new adventure that would hopefully include a fishing trip.
Jim had a light and joy about him and that light will be sorely missed.
The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Texas County Hospice of Care, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Evans Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at the Houston United Methodist Church with Pastor Beth Duckworth officiating. Pallbearers are Charlie Mueller, Wes Murray, Steve Hutcheson, Joe Richardson, Brian Durham, Brad Eidson, Matt Kell, Martin Kell, Larry Sutton and Jim Elam. Burial will be in Kell Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.