Mr Gary Kell
7, 1940 - June 29, 2012
Gary H. Kell, 71, of Hot Springs, AR passed
away June 29, 2012. Gary was a senior
at Little Rock Central during the 1957-1958 school year, he left high
school in January of 1958 to join the U.S. Navy. Gary
spent 2 years at the U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida and 1 ½ years
on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea in the South Pacific. Upon leaving
the Navy, Gary worked 2 years as route
manager for the Coca Cola Co. He then worked 5 years as a railway mail
clerk for the U.S. Postal service. In 1969, Gary
found the job he loved, working for 30 years as a mortgage banker. Gary
was employed by Lomas and Nettleton Mortgage Banking Co. from 1969 to
1976, then by Worthen Mortgage Co. from 1976-1979 as Sr. Vice-President.
In 1979 he went back to Lomas Mortgage USA, in Dallas, as Sr.
Vice-President and stayed in that position until 1984 when he was
promoted to Executive Vice-President, serving from 1984-1994. In 1994 Gary
was promoted to President where he served until Lomas sold to a bank in
1997. Gary also served as President of
the Arkansas Mortgage Bankers Association in1974.
Gary invested in real estate; he bought
and sold over 50 single family homes and was a partner in many
apartments and condo projects. After retiring in 1997, Gary
moved to Hot Springs. He and his family loved Lake Hamilton and built a
home on the lake. Gary also loved to
spend time at Oaklawn Race Track. He loved to travel with his wife,
Sharon; they visited 46 out of the 50 states.
Gary was preceded in death by his
parents, Hubert and Jessie Kell; his
loving in-laws, Betty and Clyde Karnes and his brother-in-law, Larry
Parker. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 52 ½ years,
Sharon; his brother, Dan Kell and wife
Pam; his sister, Mary Parker; a daughter, Karen Snow; a son, Tony Kell
and his wife Stacy, and 3 grandchildren; Jaclyn Kell,
Haley Kell, and Jake Kell.
Gary will be missed by his family and
Gary wanted to send a special thank you
to Hospice Home Care, the Doctors and Nurses on the 4th floor, west wing
and to Dr. Kota and the chemotherapy staff at Mercy Cancer Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society
or the Garland County Humane Society.