485. Thomas Milburn O'Kelley133 was born on 3 March 1893 in Landcaster, Crawford Co, AR.134
He was drafted in the Army during WWI135 He appeared in the census in 1920 in Crawford Co, AR.133
He registered for the draft during WWII136,137 He was buried in June 1980 in National
Cemetery, Fayetteville, Wash. Co, AR.Section 19 Site 118
138,139 Thomas died on 9 June 1980 in Fayetteville, Washington Co, AR.140 He served in the military US Army PVT WWI 18 Sep 1917 8 Feb 1918.141
He worked most of his later life for Arkansas US Senator
Memories of Uncle Tom
Uncle Tom was a humble man who knew great and powerful people.
As a child I can remember when Rudy had a train depot that set next
to the tracks across the street from the store and post office.
Uncle Tom would ride the train from Fayetteville and we would
sometimes pick him up or drop him off and he would stay with my
grandparents. When the passenger train service stopped he
would ride the bus and get off and on at Dean Springs. I had
many missed opportunities to speak with a man who lived history and
I would encourage children today to obtain a video camera and record
interviews with their elderly relations because so much history is
altered and the truth lost in time via public education. Why
learn it out of a book when you can learn it from those who lived
it. I didn't know Uncle Tom well but from time to time I will
attend a burial at the Fayetteville National Cemetery and I will
wonder over by Uncle Tom's grave to say hello.
Thomas Milburn O'Kelley and Julia Elizabeth Cress were married on 16 June 1922 in Van Buren, Crawford Co, AR.
Julia Elizabeth Cress was born on 9 January 1902 in Iowa.142 She appeared in the census in 1910 in Lancaster Crawford Co, AR.143 She appeared in the census in 1920 in Lancaster Crawford Co, AR.144 She died on 19 February 1954 in Santa Ana Orange CA.145 Julia was buried in 1954 in CA.