Charles Russell Keaton
PIPESTEM — Charles Russell Keaton, 93 of Pipestem, entered into eternal life March 22, 2013 following an extended illness.
Born January 17, 1920 in Princeton, W.Va., to the late Lonnie B. and Josie Vest Keaton.
He was a member of “The Greatest Generation”, having served his country in the Pacific Theatre in the Philippines at Luzon. This generation helped lead the United States out of the Great Depression, brought about the defeat of Germany and Japan in World War II, and became the leaders of their churches, communities, businesses and government during a time of unprecedented accomplishment in the years after the war. They did not consider themselves to be heroes, just people who quietly and deliberately went about doing what needed to be done.
Mr. Keaton exemplified these values. His love of country and dedication to freedom made him always vote in every election.
Before joining the Army he worked at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland, where he met his future wife, Dorothy Worrell of Shawsville, Virginia. They were married on December 6, 1946 in Christiansburg, Virginia.
Mr. Keaton was an active member of Rocky Mount Community Church at Pipestem, a charter member of the Pipestem Volunteer Fire Department and also helped charter Pipestem Ruritan Club in 1966. He worked tirelessly for the funding and construction of the first Ruritan/Fire Department building. He enjoyed being there and spent countless hours working to make certain the community of Pipestem had a nice building and grounds to enjoy. He was moderator of the Old Log Church Reunion at River Ridge most of his life.
He started working at the young age of 14, helping with family-owned sawmills. His vocation in later life was that of carpenter where he was an active member of the local Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.
Gospel music was such an important part of his life. He enjoyed singing tenor in a number of different quartets over the years along with his brother Dana Keaton who sang bass.
He was a devoted family man who loved the Lord, spending time with his family, working on his farm, and spending time with his dog “Blackie”.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Glendon and Samuel Jennings Keaton, two sisters, Julia Perry and Frances Hambrick.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Dorothy Worrell Keaton; four children, Martha Baker and husband Dave of Beckley, Rita Pack and husband Steve of Hinton, Lonnie Keaton and wife Florence of Pipestem and Mary Wills of Pipestem; eight grandchildren, Jeremy Keith Wills, Matthew Russell Keaton, Sharon Pack, Ron Pack, Valerie Pack, Rachel Sack and husband Josh, Myla Papariello and husband Anthony and Chip Williams; five great-grandchildren, Aleah, Keatley and Naomi Sack, and Lexa and Dezi Papariello; one brother, Dana Keaton and 43 nieces and nephews also survive.
A service of remembrance and celebration will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday March 30, 2013 at First Baptist Church, 108 Temple St. Hinton, W.Va. Friends may gather with the family at 11:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. A military graveside service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday March 30, 2013 at the Vest Cemetery at Pipestem.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, nephew, Donnie Hanauer and son, Lonnie Keaton.
Please do not wear any perfume or cologne.
Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, W.Va.