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Rev. James Raymon Keith, 94, of Veedersburg, Ind., died at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Ill.
James was born in Rison, Ark., on Nov. 2, 1922. He was the son of Cortus Everett and Maggie M. (Embry) Keith. He resided in Oxford, Ind., and Golden, Colo., before moving to Veedersburg in 1980.
He married Rosie E. Adkisson on May 7, 1942, in Pensacola, Fla. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2001.
James served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic during World War II. He served as an elder in the ministry and also pastored in Oxford, Ind., Appleton, Wis., Golden, Colo., and several area churches. He was recently a member of Covington Church of the Nazarene.
In his younger days he enjoyed boating. He loved guns, horses and doing target practice. He enjoyed being a cowboy on a ranch in Colorado, traveling and was quick thinking with poems and jokes.
Surviving are two daughters, Jean Yvonne Taylor (husband: Vic) of Stone Bluff, Ind., and LaVerne Pavlick (husband: Ken) of rural Williamsport, Ind.; a son, James Edward Keith of Greenville, N.C.; a sister, Betty Lemke (husband: Bob) of Washinton; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie, six brothers and four sisters.
Visitation will be at the Grady Funeral Home in Williamsport on Thursday, Aug. 24, from noon until service time at 1 p.m. EDT with Rev. Ken Pavlick officiating. Interment will follow at the Danville National Cemetery in Danville, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published on August 22, 2017
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