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Paul Keaton

March 17, 1935 — March 11, 2023


Mr. William “Paul” Keaton age 87 of Tazewell, Tennessee was born March 17, 1935 and passed away at his home on March 11, 2023. Paul was the son of the late Noah and Frances (Fannon) Keaton. He was the youngest of five sons. Paul took great pride in residing on his family farm, a place he loved so well, with his beloved wife, Juanita, of 47 years. 


Paul and Juanita were married on August 14, 1959 and went on to have their one and only child, Joseph Paul Keaton on November 25, 1966. Both Paul and Juanita devoted their lives to being supportive and loving parents to Joe. 


An enthusiastic traveler, Paul spent over 30 years driving a truck. While he was affectionately known as “dad” or “papaw” by his family, he was known as “Big “O”” in his driving community. Surrounded by a host of friends, he made a career doing what he truly loved. When he wasn’t on the road, you could often find him in one of his many summer gardens, plowing on his tractor, or on a bankside casting a fishing line. His dreams were seldom spoken and his wants were very few.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah and Frances (Fannon) Keaton; loving wife, Juanita (Hurst) Keaton; brothers, Claude, Clyde, Ray, and Ernest Keaton; and daughter-in-law, Debbie (Meyers) Keaton. 


He is survived by his son, Joe Keaton; grandchildren, LaToya (Joe) Combs, Kristi (Ilas) Hurley, and Amanda Brooks; great-grandchildren, Annalise and Amelia Combs, Adelynn and Aubrey Hurley. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends to mourn his passing. 


He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was there…. A firm foundation through all our storms of life. To know him was to know a story. Some of his favorite pastimes were visiting the Springdale BP and calling on some of his closest nearby friends that were more like family, Adam Myers and Allen Parker. He also enjoyed watching westerns and caring for his side by side companions, his dogs. Being a dog owner was a true joy of his. A void will remain in the lives of all that knew him. 


A graveside service will be conducted on Mar 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Paul Collingsworth officiating. 


In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you take a moment to hug your child, grandchild, spouse, or friend. Even if it is for a brief moment, an hour, or day. Time waits for no one. 

Papaw, you made my childhood unforgettable. When I think about the people who have inspired me the most, I always go back to you and mamaw. Thank you for all of life’s lessons and your unconditional love. As I say goodbye to your physical presence, I am at peace knowing your spirit will always be a part of me. I love you forever and always, papaw.   -Toy

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