The Passing of Joe Keathley

The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Joe Keathley.  Keathley was a Parnell Con Yard staff member in 1960, the year Boxwell on Old Hickory held its first summer camp.  Years later, he joined the ranks of the professional staff and returned to Camp Stahlman in 1970 as Camp Director.  Below is his official obituary from the Sparta News.


Joseph Lyle “Joe” Keathley


Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:29 AM CDT

Joseph Lyle “Joe” Keathley, 68, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 27, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Keathley was born Dec. 29, 1944, to Anthony Keathley and Novella Holland Keathley.

He was a 1964 graduate of White County High School and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in White County as well. After graduation from Tennessee Tech, he was a professional Boy Scout for 43 years and served Nashville and Jackson, in Tennessee, and Lexington, Ky. He also served in the Army National Guard. He attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was an avid golfer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Vida Keathley; sister Carolyn Keathley Andrews; and brother David Keathley.

Survivors include his wife, Pennie Keathley, of Cookeville; children and their spouses, Scott and Teresa Smith, of Cookeville, Sarah and Trevor Hoover, of Hilham; niece, Lori Andrews Crook, of Atlanta; great-nephew, Elijah Dabney; and great-niece, Rachel Dabney.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 30, 2013, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 30, at the funeral home. Dr. Charles McCaskey will officiate.

Jerry Keathley, Dale Keathley, Ben Holland, Scott Smith, Trevor Hoover, Chad Huddleston will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Tennessee Fisher House or American Cancer Society.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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