William Hoyt Keeton, Sr.


William Hoyt Keeton Sr., 73, of Red Bay, Ala., died Sept. 18, 2007, at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, Miss.

He was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Alabama to H.L. and Lola Bostick.

He was president of Keeton Oil Co. and Southern Grocers Inc. for 46 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Men’s Club. He was a member of the Red Bay Lions Club, where he was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. He was a charter member of the Red Bay Athletic Boosters Club and was inducted into the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame. The Red Bay Walking Trail was named in his honor. He was the recipient of Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2004, and he was a charter member of Redmont Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father and mother-in-law, Braxton and Louise Sanford.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at First United Methodist Church, Red Bay, Ala., with the Rev. Dallas Culver and Dr. Dwayne McDuff officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala., is directing.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Peggy Keeton, Red Bay, Ala.; two daughters, Kathy Hale (Sammy) and Lisa Davis (Brooks), both of Red Bay, Ala.; two sons, William Hoyt Keeton Jr. “Butch” (Suzy), Golden, Miss., and Hal Keeton (Shala), Red Bay, Ala.; two sisters, Jean Lambert Gresham, Athens, Ala., and Sarah Cobb, Prattville, Ala.; one brother, Herman A. Keeton, Red Bay, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Brooke Carnes (Mark), Golden, Miss., Brock Keeton, Briana Keeton, Kyle Sparks, Tyler Davis, Darby Davis, Holly Keeton and Casey Keeton, all of Red Bay, Ala., and Karla Koger (Ron), Belmont, Miss.; two stepgrandchildren, T.J. Pruitt and Dakota Pruitt, both of Golden, Miss.; and five great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will include Ned Davis, Jerry Frame, John Daniel, David Tiffin, Paul Prestage and Rabon Stockton.

Pallbearers will include Jim Lovette, Bill Nabers, Bobby Nelson, Carlos Creekmore, Johnny Armstrong and Keith Kennedy.

Visitation was 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Red Bay, Ala.