Joêl Pascal Keigley

January 19, 1963March 3, 2018
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COLUMBIA - A memorial service for Joêl Pascal Keigley, 55, will be held 3:00 p.m. March 7, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, 4219 Hard Scrabble Road. The eulogy will be delivered by his dear friend, Gary Seawell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The son of David L. Keigley and the late Marie Roby Keigley, he was born in Angoulême, France. Joêl attended Richland Northeast High School, where he lettered in varsity football. He was an events stage-hand for basketball games and concerts at Carolina Coliseum, a stage-hand for several local bands who toured the Southeast, and a parking attendant for years at Seawells for the Carolina football games and state fairs. No one loved the Gamecocks more than Joêl. He also loved UFC fights, drag racing, heavy metal music (hair bands), and his fur babies, Schnitzel, Summer and Storm. In addition to his father, he is survived by his devoted life partner, Deidra Shirley; brothers, Willie, Fred and Eric Keigley; and many close friends including his best friend, Johnny Huddleston. Joêl was a loving and carefree spirit. He will never be forgotten. Please sign the online guestbook at


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Joêl Pascal Keigley

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David Slaughtet

March 24, 2018

Went to RNE with Joel and always used to see him at USC games and the state fair every year..Got to the point my kids would tell me every year DADDY we have to go park where your friend is so we can see him..Loved this guy promise he is gone but always in PUR MEMORIES..Love you Joel until we meet again brother get your rest...

Wes Dieffenwierth

March 9, 2018

I haven't seen Joel in a long time, but as I sit here remembering him, I have a huge smile on my face from some great memories that are as clear as day. He was a kind person and loved life to the full with whomever he was with. He will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers are for comfort to family and friends.

Wes Dieffenwierth

Ken Johnson

March 8, 2018

Worked with Joel in the '80s also a truck loader. I will always remember Joel as a tough guy on the outside but kind soul.

Stephanie Birch

March 7, 2018

Ahhh, Joel . . . always smiling, always helping others. What a true friend! Deidra, Eric, and family - you are all in my prayers as you navigate through this heartbreaking time. It's been many years but I always smiled when I thought of Joel, always! And I will continue to smile knowing he is in no more pain and surely having a blast up above! Peace and much love, Stephanie Birch, xo.

Ellison Rogers

March 7, 2018

Precious family & friends, I am privileged to have been called "friend" & to have been a part of Joel's life. He was a special man, & like no one else. He will be missed, but remember, he is with us... Much love, Ellison Rogers.. xoxoxo

Russell Dukes

March 6, 2018

You will be missed my friend . My condolences to your family and Deidre . Too many great memories to list . Though you’re in a better place now you’ll always have a special place in my heart . I’ll see you on the other side budy.

Judy Faye Lee

March 6, 2018

Sorry for your loss! Joêl will be missed dearly! Love Judy Faye

Nancy Hanko

March 6, 2018

Deidra, I am so sorry! I had not seen Joel in years. The good times we did have here at the Coliseum back in the day. He was always the character with the jokes and the smile. Seems he was loved by many. RIP Joel.

Colleen Coco

March 6, 2018

Willie and Deidra,
We are so very sorry to hear of Joel's passing. He struggled for a long time with his health. May he be rewarded in the next life. You and your family are in our prayers. May God be with you all.
The Coco's - Colleen, Dennis & Shane

Chrissy Hope-Sala

March 6, 2018

With deepest sympathy to the Keigley family & Joel's love Deidra. I actually met Joel in the 6th grade at Hood St. Elementary School on Ft. Jackson when we were both Army brats. I'm not sure when he moved off base, but I was there 2 more years and took the bus to 7th & 8th and then moved off base and continued going to the same schools thru Richland Northeast. We also shared the fact we were both born in France in 1963. He was always so happy and making the best of things. I remember in 6thgrade he would have to tell the teachers that they were not pronouncing his name correctly. He would say " Joel like Noel" haha he was funny. Again my deepest sympathies to Deidra, his family & friends.