Kelly Yocum was born Aug. 31, 1930 in Custer City, Okla. In 1943, his parents Orben and Alice Yocum moved to Tehachapi, Calif.
Kelly was a long-time resident of Tehachapi with his wife of 65 years, Florence Marie Yocum. They were married in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Hitching Post in 1953.
Kelly and Florence had five children. He is survived by Florence Marie Yocum, Keleen Melton (daughter), Corben Yocum (son), and Susan Yocum (daughter). He was the oldest of nine children. He is survived by Danny Yocum (brother) and Cuppie of Porterville (sister). Kelly had a big family, too many to list but they all knew what a great man he was and how much he loved them all.
Kelly loved to hunt, he was an actor, a taxidermist, and the greatest story teller ever. He was a social butterfly with a large family and gazillions of friends. This cowboy had tremendous pride, a huge personality, and the biggest heart ever. To you Dad we say farewell. Till we meet again Cowboy- Yocum Smith. Tell Jesus hello.
Visitation will be held at 9-11 a.m. at Porterville Funeral Service & Crematory on Oct. 26, 2018 at 765 W. Henderson Ave., Porterville, CA. Phone, 559-784-6485. Funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2018 at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. 1013 E. Olive Ave., Porterville, CA. Phone, 559-784-1569.