James Howard Kelly, 85, of Alma died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at a local nursing home. He was born in Mountainburg and a retired tug boat operator for Arkhola Sand and Gravel.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a son, Jimmy Kelley of Fort Smith; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Cecil Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.