(Kris wrote the following for De's memorial service at Paramount. Not all
of it was delivered, however, due to time constraints. The final part --
noted below the poem -- is the part which she actually delivered.) In one of his wonderful STAR TREK poems, DeForest Kelley wrote:
In one of his wonderful STAR TREK poems, DeForest Kelley wrote:
Isn't it strange how one person you know
Gene Roddenberry was that one person for De; De was that person for me.
A long time ago in Washington State
Not long ago from his hospital bed
I felt honored, yet frightened: and so far BEYOND sad
I'd drive him around, we'd tie up loose ends
Dear De, up in heaven, I hope you can see
(This is what Kris Smith delivered at De's Memorial service.) I've said this before, and say it again: I truly believe that DeForest Kelley was the kind of man God had In mind when he created Adam. If this sad old world could boast a much larger population of DeForest Kelleys, it would be the paradise we all wish it would be.
I'll give William Shakespeare the last word.
When he shall die, Goodnight,
sweet De. Rest well. You've earned it. We will NEVER forget you."
Goodnight, sweet De. Rest well. You've earned it. We will NEVER forget you."
A special Thanks to KRIS SMITH, A SPECIAL De Kelley friend!
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