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In Memory of

John Clark Franklin Kelley

April 24, 1995 - August 5, 2017

Obituary


John Clark Franklin Kelley, 22, left this life on August 5, 2017. He was born on April 24, 1995 as the third child and second son of John and Diana Kelley.

Clark had a special place in his heart for people and was always concerned about others and their well-being. One example of this was his recent trip to Honduras with his church youth group to help with disadvantaged children. He was also an active member of the Riverchase Church of Christ.

Clark was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and...

John Clark Franklin Kelley, 22, left this life on August 5, 2017. He was born on April 24, 1995 as the third child and second son of John and Diana Kelley.

Clark had a special place in his heart for people and was always concerned about others and their well-being. One example of this was his recent trip to Honduras with his church youth group to help with disadvantaged children. He was also an active member of the Riverchase Church of Christ.

Clark was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Auburn University Tigers and enjoyed playing with his baby nephews. He was also an active participant in many sports, including the playoff football team at Oak Mountain High School in 2012. Clark was a stellar engineering student at Auburn University and possessed unique mathematical abilities.

Despite his polished public appearance, Clark struggled mightily with mental illness, which caused his ultimate demise. Mental health problems, and the debilitating issues that accompany them, are often misunderstood. We must break the stigma of talking about mental illness openly, as Clark sought to do. He was extremely open and honest about his struggles and wanted to support others by encouraging them to seek help.

He is survived by his loving parents, John and Diana, his sister Kristin Kelley Copeland, his brother-in-law Brandon Copeland, his brother Byron Kelley and sister-in-law Melissa Kelley, and his brother Connor Kelley. His aforementioned nephews Xander Kelley and Deacon Copeland also survive.

Services will be held at 4pm on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Riverchase Church of Christ, with visitation from 2pm until 4pm. Contributions in memory of Clark may be made to the Peace of Mind Foundation at http://www.peaceofmind.com/donate/, 708B E. 19th St., Houston, TX 77008.