John Carroll Kellis Jr.
John Carroll Kellis Jr., passed away Sunday Jan. 11, 2009 at his home in Vidor, one day before his 48th birthday.
Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, with the services to follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Dorman Funeral Home on North Hwy 87 in Orange. The Rev. David Berkheimer of Community Church will officiate.
He was born Jan. 12th 1961 in Orange, to John C. Kellis Sr. and Mary Ruth Skinner Kellis. He was known to his family and friends as “Fox”, a nickname given to him by his dad.
Johnny was an electrician with IBEW local 479 but his true love was racing outlaw and midget cars. He began his racing career as a young boy driving go carts and progressed to the midget racecars. It was while driving one of these cars in a race at the Baytown speedway that he was injured in an accident in 1985 that left him a quadriplegic. The accident did not destroy his love for racing. Thanks to his many friends, he was still able to attend and enjoy races. The family wishes to give special thanks to all his friends who supported and loved him before and after his accident.
Johnny’s other love was his son, Johnathan Shane Kellis He would tell everyone he came in contact with about how proud he was of his son and his accomplishments.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Troy and Cora Skinner and Cranfill and Margaret Kellis. He is survived by his son Johnathan; his sister, Dolores Jackson; niece, Deborah Blackman and her husband Dale Fontenot and their children Jessica and Eric Blackman; nephew, Wade Jackson and his wife Blake-Leigh and their son Parker as well as other relatives and friends.
Honarary pallbearers will be: Wade Jackson, Jason Bishop, John Lyons, Graham Stocton, Tracy Denby and Vernon Berwick.
The family wishes to thank all the doctors and care givers for the special care Johnny has received over the years.