ELIZABETH DAVIS KELLEY
HAR extends condolences to family, friends and colleagues of longtime member Elizabeth Davis Kelley, 79, who died on August 14, 2022 following a three-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Liz was a top producer with Coldwell Banker Realty’s Memorial office until her retirement in 2019. She also helped establish Ronald McDonald House Houston.
Liz was born on June 3, 1943, to Henry Phillip Davis and Gladys Schill Davis in Edna, Texas. She grew up in West University, attended Roberts Elementary, Pershing Junior High School and Lamar High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas in Austin, where she met her future husband, Rodney Ennis Kelley of Weatherford, Texas. They were married at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Houston on August 15, 1964.
Liz is survived by her husband of 58 years, Rodney Kelley; children Sean Kelley and wife Zeneida of Rockdale, Texas; Patrick Kelley M.D. of Austin; daughter Shannon Hayes M.D. and husband Patrick of Houston. Also, grandchildren, Elizabeth, Connor and Sarah Kelley; Rhett, Maddie and Jacob Kelley, daughter-in-law Julie Kelley all of Austin: Tommy, Will and Katherine Hayes of Houston; devoted brother James Phillip Davis and wife Martha Pugh M.D. As well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Liz joined Coldwell Banker in 1985 and was a top producer with the Memorial office until her retirement in 2019. She was involved in numerous organizations including The Periwinkle Foundation, Houston Junior Women’s Club, Katy Panhellenic, Lay Eucharistic Minister at Epiphany of our Lord Catholic Church, and a Lifetime member of Texas Exes Organization.
However, her life would forever change on August 24, 1976 when her oldest son, Sean was diagnosed with leukemia.
During his successful battle with cancer, Liz was determined to help other families whose lives were affected by childhood cancer. She co-founded Ronald McDonald House Houston in 1978.
On the same day that Liz learned of Sean’s cancer diagnosis, she met Dick East, a Southwest Airlines pilot whose daughter was also diagnosed that same day with lymphoma. Despite the circumstances from this unfortunate introduction, Liz and Dick forged a lifelong friendship based upon helping other families whose children were battling cancer, and Dick was instrumental in bringing Southwest Airlines to Ronald McDonald House Houston and to houses across the country. If you knew Liz, you knew that, outside of her family, the Houston Ronald McDonald House was her life’s passion. She served on the Board of Directors as a founding member until her retirement in 2019.
Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, August 27 in Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Houston. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Ronald McDonald House Houston in Liz’s name at www.rmhhouston.org/donate/. Or mail a check to 1907 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030.
You may read the complete obituary here.
HAR extends condolences to family, friends and colleagues of longtime member A. W. Radle, Jr. of Kingwood, who died of heart failure on July 26, 2022 at the age of 84. A. W. was with Home Run Realty until his retirement in 2014.
Born on November 28, 1937, in Lott, Texas, A. W. grew up on a farm in Chilton, Texas, and graduated from Chilton High School in 1956 where he was an All-District football player. He attended Sam Houston State University, graduating in 1961. A. W. then served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army as Company Commander of the 15th Field Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC, and later earned an M.B.A. in Hospital Administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1967.
A. W. enjoyed a successful career as a hospital administrator and dedicated time to civic, professional, and social organizations. Following retirement, he pursued a second career as a real estate agent. In his free time, he liked traveling, pursued tennis, golf and bowling, and loved attending neighborhood block parties.
Radle was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph William Radle, Sr. and Cora Margaret Tepe Radle; brother, Joseph Leroy Radle; sisters Lydia Lorraine Woodard and Mary Lillian Hunt; and brother-in-law William Grayden Hunt.
Left to cherish his memory are daughters, Casey Colleen Radle, of Houston, and Ronda Gibbons White, of Salt Lake City, Utah; niece, Carolyn Diane Hunt, of Austin; and many friends, neighbors, and Dons/ATO fraternity brothers. The family would like to extend a special thanks to A. W.’s caregiver, Maria Martinez, for all the kindness and support demonstrated over the past two years.
Funeral services were held on August 5 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas, followed by burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Pallbearers included Mike Davis, Nolan Nix, Wendell Bailey, Darrell Farney, Al Culberson, and Wayne Collins.
HAR extends condolences to family, friends and colleagues of member and Coldwell Banker Realty – Houston Region Past President Wallace Perry, who died on July 30, 2022 at the age of 85.
Wallace was born on August 16, 1936, to Guss and Thelma Perry in Genoa, West Virginia. On August 17, 1958, he married the love of his life, Doris Chafin. They were married for 64 years and had three children: Pam (Steve) Erickson, Jamie (Randy) Pokorny and Jennifer (Eddie) O’Neal. Doris and Wallace loved to travel and had many fun vacations.
Wallace was a Sunday School teacher and deacon at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston for many years. He was faithful to his class, The Shiners. He served in many ministries in the church.
Wallace loved to play golf and softball and fish. He loved cars, especially trading them! He was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He made sure his grandchildren knew they were special and loved. He could be found cheering them on at games on many Saturdays.
Wallace worked in sales and real estate. He was with Coldwell Banker for 30 years, in sales and management. He loved his work and thrived on the challenges and rewards it brought him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Doris, three children (Pam Erickson, Jamie Pokorny and Jennifer O’Neal), five grandchildren (Jamie Moyer, Jacob Erickson, David Pokorny, Chad Pokorny and Austin O’Neal) and eleven great grandchildren (Jaxson, Shelby and Chloe Moyer; Graham, Claire, Blake and Jane Pokorny; Ellie and Elias Erickson and Max and Mila Pokorny).
Funeral services took place on August 6 at Champion Forest Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Champion Forest Baptist Scholarship Fund for Camp. A complete obituary is available online HERE.