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Roosevelt E. Gelsey

September 23, 1939 — February 1, 2022

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 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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