Freddie Earl Keaton, 58, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at his home, following a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born Nov. 23, 1953, at Waynesville, son of Earl Monroe and Nola June Lane Keaton. He and Cecilia Kay Goforth were married Dec. 28, 1976, at Freewill Baptist Church in Licking by Bro. Max Courtney.
He was 20 years old when he gave his life to Jesus at Licking First Baptist Church. He was currently a member and deacon at Rock Springs Baptist Church of Licking.
He was employed as a maintenance supervisor at the South Central Correctional Center until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2010.
He was an avid FFA student in high school and achieved the Star Chapter Farmer Award in 1971. His sons won the same award during their high school years.
He loved raising cattle and putting up hay. In the past, he was an avid hog farmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ward Keaton.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Kay; two sons, Freddie Lynn of Licking and Jared Michael of the home; a grandson; a granddaughter; a brother, Don Monroe Keaton of Licking; a sister, Geneva Bruns of Williamsburg; and a host of family, friends and co-workers.
Services were Friday, Feb. 3, at Fox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Boone Creek Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Phelps Regional Homecare or the Gideons.
Online condolences may be made at www.foxfh.net.