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Roosevelt E. Gelsey

Graveside Services For Roosevelt E. Gelsey, 82, of Killeen, will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas with Pastor Hollie Tolbert Officiating. 

Roosevelt E. Gelsey died on Tuesday, February 1,  2022 at his home residence. 

Roosevelt E. Gelsey was born on September 23, 1939 to Lawrence Gelsey and Laurine Monroe Gelsey in Fruit Cove, FL. He graduated from Matthew W. Gilbert High School and enlisted into the United States Army where he retired after 30 years as a Command Sergeant Major. He was a loving father to his five boys and devout husband to his soulmate, Nora Lee Duerson. He had a servant's heart and became a member of the Westside Baptist Church. His servitude consisted of being deacon for the church, leading bible study and driving to care for the "shut-ins".

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Nora L. Gelsey; five sons, Roosevelt Gelsey Jr, Sean Gelsey, Wesley Brooks and wife Monica, Robert Lee Brooks, and Marcus Lee Brooks; two brothers, Elder Elijah Gelsey Sr. and wife Jackqueline, Lamar Gelsey; two sisters, Annette Bonan, Cora Ross, Doretha Pickett; Brother-in-law, Walter Harris; twelve grandchildren, and twenty one great grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence Gelsey Jr., John Henry Gelsey, Edward Gelsey; four sisters, Carretha Jackson, Beatrice Williams, Gertrude Harris, Yvonne Jacobs

In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to defray the cost of the funeral expenses to  https://www.ilof.com/young-s-daughters-funeral-home-and-bereavement-center-/roosevelt-e-gelsey or by calling the funeral home at 254.401.1302

A special thank you to Carol Cole-Lawson for her support and care to the family. 

Visitation will be held at Westside Baptist Church located at 711 West Stagecoach Road Killeen, Texas 76542 on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young of Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center.   

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At Fort Benning, GA in 1968, E-5-1, Sand Hill, then SSG Roosevelt Gelsey was my Drill Sergeant. A young Basic Trainee never forgets his Drill Sergeant. I am sorry to hear of his passing. In the past 50 + years I have thought of him a million times fondly and in great appreciation for all he did to help me grow from boyhood to manhood. He has always been The Perfect Soldier in my heart and mind. I am fortunate to have known him. My thoughts and Prayers go to his family in this time of loss. Drill Sergeant Roosevelt Gelsey was a good man and Patriot.

Bill Crawford May 1 2022 6:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Roosevelt Gelsey

Tqvarius "Aisha"Showers Feb 17 2022 8:19 PM

Rest in peace Uncle Big Man.. You will be missed..

Pat Mckinnon Feb 16 2022 4:09 PM

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Patricia McKinnon Feb 16 2022 4:06 PM

Cynthia I\'m his niece my mother his sister Annette Bonam I remember my uncle he always love you in a way on attention he always get your attention with that strong loving voice.i always was with his mother my grandmother when he visited her when I was little that was good memories loving uncle rest in peace ❤❤🥰

Cynthia Conner Feb 15 2022 4:41 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Roosevelt Gelsey

I Shelia gelsey send my deepest sympathy to the Gelsey Family. Made hod be with you and gi e you strength.... Shelia gelsey Feb 14 2022 4:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Roosevelt Gelsey

Shelia gelsey Feb 14 2022 4:49 PM

It was an honor to be able to meet you! You always had a way to make everyone laugh at the rite time! You will b missed!

Trace Feb 10 2022 4:06 PM

I love you so much! This is my first time ever coming home and your not here\'. Thank you for being one of the best influence in my life! You are a strongest and greatest man I\'ve ever known!

It\'s because of you and granny I am the woman I am today!!

I will love you forever and always!!!

RIH Grandpa 😩😘

Pamela Brooks Feb 10 2022 4:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Roosevelt Gelsey

Walter Harris Feb 10 2022 3:23 PM

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