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Charles Randy Keeton, 68, of Louisville, formerly of Ashland, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, after battling Parkinson's Disease for many years.
Charley was born Nov. 8, 1949, in Ashland.
Charley was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Lou Tackett Keeton.
He graduated from Boyd County High School in 1967, Marshall University in 1971 and University of Kentucky School of Law in 1975. He married Mary Alice March 16, 1969.
Charley began his distinguished legal career with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, now Frost Brown & Todd, in 1975 and helped grow the firm from 28 to over 500 lawyers. Charley was generous with his time and intellect, widely respected as a "lawyer's lawyer" and universally considered "the professor" or "the reclining orator" among his colleagues at the firm.
Charley enjoyed being fully involved in all aspects of life. In his personal life, Charley coached various sports, was involved in Scouts with both his sons, helped lead the Atherton High School Mock Trial team to a state championship and served as board chair for Kentucky Shakespeare. He was member of St. Matthew's Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and served as chairman of the deacons.
In his retirement, Charley became the king of hobbies. He enjoyed spending time fishing, taking guitar lessons and observing the night sky with his telescope. He also loved traveling and being with his children and grandchildren. Always an avid reader, Charley became an author as well, publishing a story collection called "Out on the Cottonwoods."
He will be missed by many, including his wife of 48 years, Mary Alice McGlone Keeton; his children, Chuck (Kelly Wieand), Ben (Burcum Keeton) and Mary Afton (Jeff Payne); his grandchildren, Evan and Alara; his siblings, Ginger (Carl) Rardon, Greg (Linda) Keeton and Jill (Ernie) Dryden; his sister-in-law, Ruth Ann McGlone Meade; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Buster.
Funeral service will be at noon Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville. Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Keeton-McGlone Law Scholarship for University of Kentucky Law School, UK Office of Philanthropy, Attn: Gifts Receiving Office, Sturgill Philanthropy Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0015.
Published on February 10, 2018
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