Samuel William Keaton Sr.
Samuel William Keaton Sr. passed on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Marietta, Ga., shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, with a service to follow on Wednesday at 11 a.m., both to occur at Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur, Ala.
Sam was the second of three children to Pauline and Charley Gordon Keaton of Cullman, where he grew up on the family farm before joining the U.S. Air Force. Shortly after his honorable discharge, he married Rebecca “Becky” Steenson of Decatur, Ala. Embraced by Becky’s family and her nine siblings, Sam enjoyed great fellowship with the Steensons, even helping a few of his in-laws elope in Georgia early in his and Becky’s marriage. Becky provided Sam with a warm household and planned fun trips for them, often to Florida Beaches and Nashville, Tenn., and also to South America. They raised two sons, Samuel “Sammy” Keaton Jr., now of Priceville, Ala., and Stuart “Skip” Keaton, now of Marietta, Ga.
Sam worked for 42 years at Wolverine Tubing, retiring in 1994, taking only a handful of sick days over his tenure there. A friend to many, Sam was a member of the Decatur Jaycees, the Sons of the American Revolution, and Sandy Springs United Methodist Church. He loved country music and visiting the Grand Ole Opry, though his favorite song was the “Tennessee Waltz”. A true farmer’s son, he loved crowder peas and strawberries, Farm-All Tractors, drives in the country (if NASCAR wasn’t televised), and whatever his sons and grandchildren were doing.
Sam never spent a night away from Becky until her passing in 1999. In 2002, Sam moved to live near his youngest son in Georgia. There he put his incredibly friendly smile to work as a part-time “greeter” for a grocery store that ensured that he was present on senior discount days. He also served as the Benson Senior Center president. At 71 years of age, Sam re-married to Jimmie Cone, a lovely woman who made him smile and was a great companion. She preceded him in death in 2009. Sam is survived by many in-laws, step-relatives, friends, and close family members including his grandson, Gerritt Keaton and Gerritt’s father, Sammy Keaton Jr. and mother, Rhonda South Herring, his grandchildren, Tony Keaton, Alyssa Keaton and Lee Keaton and their parents, Jennifer and Skip Keaton, his nephew, Keith Keaton and Keith’s father, Charles Keaton, and his nephew, Doug Harris, the child of his deceased sister, Charlise “Lorine” Keaton Harris. He was a satisfied and devoted family man who was loved by many and richly blessed by his Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Samuel William Keaton Sr.
Pamela Carter Sanderson
Pamela Carter Sanderson, 62, of Beaverton, Ala., passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala.
Edith Wilkins Farmer
Funeral services for Edith Wilkins Farmer, 90, of Addison will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Nichols Funeral Home, Robert Partridge officiating, with burial in Kemp Cemetery.
Frances Britt Smith
Funeral services for Frances Britt Smith, 85, of Rock Springs community in Blount County will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Antioch Baptist Church, the Rev. Jerry Hackney officiating, with burial in Rock Springs Cemetery.
William Ross Baker
William Ross Baker, 82, left this world, finished his race and passed through the gates of Glory, Monday, July 28, 2014. He heard those precious words from Christ, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the Glories of the Lord.”
Arrests, incidents reports for July 25-27, 2014
Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
- Susan Melissa Neck Werner
- Carlton Eugene Stafford
Carlton Eugene Stafford
Carlton Eugene Stafford, 82, of Cullman passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born April 14, 1932, James and Mary Katherine Brown Stafford. Mr. Stafford was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was the original owner of Carlton’s restaurant.
Susan Melissa Neck Werner
Susan Werner died Monday, July 21, 2014, as a result of an apparent fall at her home in Gainesville, Florida. Susan grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and, after graduation from FSU, spent many years in Cullman, where she taught elementary school and received a master’s degree from UAB. While in Cullman, she married Robert Werner and helped run a family retail business.
Melissa Gail Hyde
Funeral services for Melissa Gail Hyde, 36, of Vinemont will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Round Top Cemetery in Morgan County.
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