Will Dock OKelley died March 4, 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee from complications of a kidney operation. According to his death certificate, he was 54 years old. (Editor's note: Census records show Will being born in Nov. 1867 making him 62 years old at the time of his death).
Will and Delia Britton were married in Greenville, Mississippi about 1911. To this union were born, Elvee, Willie D, (who were born in Greenville) and Charles Herman, Mamie Ruthe, Marge and Eugene Britt who were born in Memphis, Tennessee. They lived on Nelson Street in Greenville when Elvee was born. In 1920 the family lived at 396 Lauderdale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. When Will died in 1929, the family lived at 764 Eastmoreland, Memphis, Tennessee. Will, Delia Britton and their family attended First Baptist Beale Street Church in Memphis.
In 1930, Delia purchased the home at 214 Dunlap Street, Memphis, Tennessee where she lived until her death September 24, 1968. This home was down the street from the Memphis Steam Laundry so Delia had a chuck wagon built so that she could provide lunch meals to the laundry workers. She later purchased homes at 1242 Sardis and 216 Dunlap Streets in Memphis which she rented out until her death.
In 1971, the City of Memphis purchased this property from her estate, which today is the site of a softball park owned by the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.
Children of Mamie Ruthe OKelley Gammon are Charles and Ruthe.
Children of Herman OKelley are Delia Denise, Barbara Gail, Charles Keith, Kathy, and Erin Melissa
Children of Eugene Britt OKelley are Elvee Monetha, Eric, Belinda, Marion, and Navette.
Neither Elvee, Wilie D., nor Marge had children.
Elvee and Mamie Ruthe are the last living children of Will Dock OKelley.
Biography submitted by Ruthe Gammon Mangum
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