Tracy Kelly, chairman of the board for Spirit Bank, died Wednesday. He was 85.
Kelly, a lifelong banker, started his career in the late 1950s, when the telephone number was one digit and the name of the bank was American National Bank. He has a long record of leadership and public service in the state.
Gov. Mary Fallin, in a message to his family, said Kelly was a joy to know and easy to talk to.
“He left his mark on Oklahoma and left a wonderful legacy,” she said.
“The bank was less than $5 million in assets when Tracy took the helm in 1960,” said his nephew, Albert Kelly Jr., chief executive officer of Spirit Bank.
“Today, we are nearly $1 billion in assets and much of this growth can be attributed to Tracy's desire to see people's dreams come true. He often referred to his profession as ‘the ministry of banking' and he lived it every day, whether it was lending money or a helping hand, visiting customers or employees in the hospital — however he could help, he was there.”
Kelly was a past president of the Bristow Rotary Club, Bristow Area Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa Metro Chamber, where he also served as director, the State Chamber, Oklahoma Council of Economic Education, and Oklahoma Bankers Association, where he was also a past chairman.
Other roles include member of the governing council of the American Bankers Association, founding director and treasurer of the Mid-America Automated Clearing House in Kansas City, Bristow Industrial Authority, Creek County Industrial Authority, and the advisory council of the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C.