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Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive

311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC

OBITUARY

Earle "Rusty" Raymond Keaton, Jr.

January 23, 1948September 5, 2019
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Earle (Rusty) Raymond Keaton, Jr., 71, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 5, 2019 after a long illness with his devoted wife by his side.

Rusty worked for Milliken Textiles, Southern Weaving, Woven Electronics and Gerber Children’s wear.

Rusty was an Eagle Scout and loved “friendly” competitive golf and along with teammates organized an annual golf trip, The Red Snapper Invitational (RSI) for many years.

He will be missed by his family and friends.

He was the son of the late Major (ret.) Earle Raymond Keaton, Sr. and Caroline Spencer Keaton of Spartanburg. Along with his mother, he is survived by his beloved wife Margaret Nicholson Keaton of Greenville, his son, Earle Raymond Keaton III of Morristown, TN., stepson, Eugene Giddens and his wife Zoe of Cambridge England, grandchildren Nathan Keaton, Madison E Keaton, Allison Keaton, Olivia Keaton, Alice Giddens, Harry Giddens and Cate Giddens, and his sister Jane Keaton Turnage of Spartanburg.

Rusty was known for his delightful sense of humor and his love of sports, especially golf. He attended Gaffney High school and graduated from Spartanburg High and was a member of both golf teams. He attended Clemson University and received an associate degree from Spartanburg Community College.

A memorial gathering will be held Monday, September 9, 2019 at 11:30am until 12:30pm at Mackey at Century Drive.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Margaret Nicholson Keaton, Wife
  • Major (ret.) Earle Raymond Keaton, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Caroline Spencer Keaton, Mother
  • Earle Raymond Keaton III, Son
  • Eugene Giddens (Zoe), Stepson
  • Nathan Keaton, Grandchild
  • Madison E Keaton, Grandchild
  • Allison Keaton, Grandchild
  • Olivia Keaton, Grandchild
  • Alice Giddens, Grandchild
  • Harry Giddens, Grandchild
  • Cate Giddens, Grandchild
  • Jane Turnage Keaton, Sister
  • DONATIONS

  • American Heart Association

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Monday, September 9, 2019

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Earle "Rusty" Raymond Keaton, Jr.

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Ron Stephens

September 9, 2019

I was sad to hear of Rusty's passing. Even though we had lost touch over the years, I cherish the memories of my good friend from our time at Clemson and all the time we spent just hanging out, watching football, playing golf, fixing dinners back in Spartanburg in the '70's. Thanks for introducing me to button mushrooms in spaghetti sauce. My warmest regards to Mrs. Keaton, Jane and all of the Keaton family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Neel Long

September 8, 2019

I met Rusty through a friend Bob Hammersla. From there I became a member of the RSI that Rusty organize for a group of friends to play golf each year at Myrtle Beach. What great memories.
Rusty was a great friend and will be missed.
Margaret my prayers are with you and family.
Rusty is with God and what a Great Hole in One is that . None Better.
Neel Long

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