Grady Kelley, Jr.

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Grady Lehman Kelley, Jr.​

Sheriff of Rapides Parish
In office
1949​ – 1963​
In office
1984 – July 14, 1991

Born July 6, 1922​
Alexandria, Louisiana
Died ​July 14, 1991 (aged 69)
Houston, Texas
Resting place ​Greenwood Cemetery in Pineville
Nationality Irish-American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) (1) Aimee Blanchard Kelley, later Aimee Matherne (married 1947, divorced)

(2) Willie Mae "Dee" Deville Kelley​ (married 1973-1991, his death)

Children ​Patrick Kelley

Marion Kelley Satcher​

Alma mater University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Louisiana State University

Military Service
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Rank Airman aboard a bomber

Shot down over Germany
Prisoner of war for eighteen months

Battles/wars European theater of operations of World War II

Grady Lehman Kelley, Jr. (July 6, 1922 – July 14, 1991),[1] was the sheriff of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, from 1949 to 1963 and again from 1984 to 1991.

He was the son of former Sheriff Grady Kelley, Sr. (1891-1949), and the former Sabina Garvey (1900-1988), a native of Ireland. In 1947, he wed the former Aimee Blanchard, who after their divorce became Aimee Matherne. From the first marriage, he had two children, Patrick Kelley and Marion Satcher. In 1973, he married the former Willie Mae "Dee" Deville (1926-1999).[1]

Kelley was educated at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then known as Southwestern Louisiana Institute, and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He left LSU during World War II to serve in the United States Army Air Forces. As an airman aboard a bomber in the European theater of operations, he was shot down over Germany and was for eighteen months a prisoner of war. After his first fourteen years as sheriff, he was removed from the position upon conviction for malfeasance. He subsequently worked as a correctional officer at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in West Feliciana Parish and in various positions with the Cenla Community Action Committee in his native Alexandria before beginning his political comeback in 1983 for his last seven years in office. In the early 1950s, he served for two terms as as president of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.[2]

He died at St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, Texas.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grady Lehman Kelley, Jr.. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  2. Kelley, Grady L., Jr.. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  3. Alexandria Town Talk, July 15, 1991.

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