FAYETTEVILLE, Tn. (WHNT) – Memorial services were held for retired Navy Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, Saturday. Kelso passed away on June 23rd after complications from a fall.
As the chimes rang out, family, friends and colleagues gathered to honor his life.
During his nearly 38 years as a career Navy officer, Admiral Kelso served aboard nuclear submarines, and directed the Navy`s military actions in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
In the early 90s, he worked to expand opportunities for women in the military, even in the face of a sexual abuse scandal rocking the Navy at the time.
However, in the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Admiral Kelso`s long list of accomplishments – and even the scandal that followed him to the end of his career – were overshadowed by who he was as a father, husband, and friend.
“You think about all the things he achieved in his life, the positions he had, the people he dealt with, but he was still interested in the common man so to speak,” said Bill Askew, a life-long friend of Kelso’s.
“When they decided to come back to retire in Fayetteville we were able to spend a lot of time together, and I thank the Lord for those 10 years.”
Askew remembers his friend as an honest and humble man. with a love for family and the church.
Admiral Kelso was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetary, beside his wife Landess, who passed away in 2012.