KELL — Roy Gene Mount, 84 of Kell passed away Saturday morning June 5th at his home in Kell.
He was born October 22, 1936, in Kell the son of Harley W. Mount and Beulah Lance Mount. He married Deloris L. Maulding on August 6, 1960, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Dix.
Roy is survived by his wife Deloris, and by his children: David Gene, Delora Louise, and Jerry Dean. He is also survived by one grandchild Alexander Chenbo Mount and by two brothers: Charles and wife Sue and Larry Wayne and wife Glenna.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Stephen Allen, and four brothers: Harley “Bud”, William Joseph, Ronal Lee, and Kenny Mount.
Roy served his country in the United States Army Signal Corps in Korea and was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After Korea, he became a lineman for the C&EI Railroad and later a service technician for Featherstun’s and Mt. Vernon TV and Appliance. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and spent many hours building the Family Life Center. He was a faithful and dependable worker as he modified the Church History Room and the Handbell Room. He also created a database of burial information for many cemeteries in Jefferson and Marion counties. He made maps of the cemeteries and took names and dates from the gravestones and continued this activity until three weeks before his death.
Not least of his accomplishments was his involvement with Kell Volunteer Fire Department. Roy was one of the founding members of the Department and later became Chief. During the 25-years he severed as Chief he and the Department made many improvements including the building of a new Fire Station, additions of new equipment, and trucks. In the early days of the department, most of the improvements were made by fundraisers such as the Ice Cream Social an annual event in Kell for many years.
His family will remember him as “Mr. Wonderful” because he was a “fix it ” man who could solve many problems that they encountered. The highlight of most days was mowing the lawn or driving the tractor at the farm. He also enjoyed the attention from the cats. Most of all he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Funeral services for Roy Gene Mount will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church South of Dix with Pastors Brother Jason Webb and Reverend John Ashby officiating. Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour Saturday morning at the church. Memorials may be given to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or to the Carmi Children’s Home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to L.R. Osborn & Son Funeral Home of Kell.