Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 3, 2014

Don Rudolph Keaton

SPEEDWAY — Don Rudolph Keaton, 80, of 2952 Hinton Road in Speedway, died Monday, December 30, 2013 at Pine Lodge in Beckley. Born June 10, 1933 in Princeton, he was the son of the late Obadiah Keaton and Dora Mae Cole Keaton.

Don was a graduate of Athens High School and attended Concord University. He faithfully served in the Korean War for the U.S. Army. He formerly worked at a weapons proofing company in Maryland and as a lab technician in Durham, NC before returning to his family farm after the death of his father. He was a member of the Painters Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Woodsen, Homer, Roy, Vaughn, Silas and Paul Keaton; and four sisters, Faye Shields, Ruth Linkous, Bernice Gay, and Verena Griffith.

Survivors include one daughter, Shannon Wright and husband Michael of Nimitz, WV; and three sisters, Mary Pritt of Oak Hill, WV, Carol Jones and husband Ron of Memphis, TN, and Dorothy McCoy of Charleston, WV.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. David Damewood officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Friday, January 3, 2014 (today).

Memorial contributions may be made to the Painters Chapel United Methodist Church, 235 Double Cabin Branch Rd., Athens, WV 24712.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Keaton family.

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