OBITUARY

Lemuel Grady Keith Jr.

November 27, 1927January 20, 2016

Lemuel Grady Keith, Jr. passed away surrounded by his family on January 20, 2016, at the age of 88. A Knoxville native, Lem graduated from Young High School in 1946, attended the University of Tennessee and Knoxville Business College. He was employed by TVA and retired in 1986 after 35 years of service. Lem was an ardent UT football fan and attended all home games from 1938-2009, except one year while serving in the U.S. Army. He also faithfully attended UT Men’s and Women’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball games. He worshipped the Lady Vols basketball program, attended all of the home games since their conception in 1974, traveled to most out of town games and tournaments on bus tours and was the donor of the Lem and Hilda Keith Lady Vols Scholarship. Lem possessed a beautiful bass voice and shared his talent as a soloist and “crooner" in the James King Chorus, where he met his wife "torch soloist" Hilda Coulter. They performed together on several radio shows including the Midday Merry-Go-Round on WNOX. A member of the Knoxville Choral Society in his early years, Lem always sang with his home church choir, Vestal UMC, until 1996. He continued to sing through the years with Knoxville’s Nativity Pageant, the Billy Graham Crusade Choir, and later with groups in the Shannondale Retirement Community. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemuel Grady, Sr and Adah Keith; Hilda Coulter Keith, his wife of 61 years; nephew, Matthew Keith Christian USMC; and brother-in-law Herbert Coulter USAC. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law David and Nancy Keith, two grandchildren Presley and Coulter all of Knoxville; daughter Deborah Keith of New York, NY; sister and brother-in law Martha and Bruce Farrelly of Knoxville; nephew Bill Christian, Jr. and wife Sherry of Greenback, TN; sister-in-law Carolyn Coulter, niece, Ann Coulter Orr and husband Allen, and great nieces Christen and Catherine Orr all of Lilburn, GA; dear friend Mary Bates and special cousin, Sarah Branum. The family will receive friends 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM Sunday, January 24, 2016 in the Chapel of Berry Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow at 2:30 PM. Rev. Tom Seay will be officiating. A private, family interment service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Lem’s son’s charity, National Association to Protect Children, PO Box 2187 Knoxville, TN 37901 or online at www.protect.org. Online condolences may be shared at www.berryfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 24, 2016
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 24, 2016
REMEMBERING

Lemuel Grady Keith Jr.

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Brandi Denney

January 26, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I met him once at a game and it impacted me so much, I still think about it 20 years later. What a wonderful soul and smile we all will have in our memories. Everyone knows he loved his UT, but loved his family even more. I pray for God to wrap you in warm arms during this difficult time. Much love and thoughts sent your way.

Sylvia Whaley

January 26, 2016

Debbie and David...so sorry to hear about Sam. He always seemed bigger than life to me. Always welcomed me with open arms into your home. I loved spending time with all of you! Miss you Debbie.... all my love to both of you. It's so hard to lose a parent. My grandmother (Ethel Julian, 105 years old) said to tell you all she is thinking of you. She loved Sam too.

January 26, 2016

David, so very sorry to hear about your dad. I fondly remember joining you and your father at a UT men's basketball game several years ago. Big hugs are being sent your way.
Sincerely,
Layton & Nita

Patricia Warren (formerly Hodges)

January 25, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Lem for several years until his retirement. I have very fond memories of Lem and Hilda. Lem was a nice man and I enjoyed working with him.

Mark Hancock

January 25, 2016

David & Family,

My deepest sympathies to all of you in this time of grief. Your Dad was always kind to me & I enjoyed sitting with him at his home when he was unable to get out in his later years.

My brother also enjoyed being his doctor & having him as a patient at Shannondale, & my Mom remembers your Dad at the Knoxville Quarterback Club luncheons, so all of our family sends their prayers out to you.

Take comfort in knowing his Eternal Destiny is secure, along with your Mom's, & that they are enjoying watching us from above, now reunited in God's Love.

Barry Nolan

January 24, 2016

My most heart felt condolences to the extended Keith family. The most vivid thing I remember about Mr. Keith was the beaming smile he always had when talking with or about his children. He took such great delight in their talents, their happiness and success. The man's children brought him great joy. That speaks volumes of good things about a man's character. My special thoughts to David and Deborah. May it be of some comfort to you that Lem can now watch the Lady Vol's games with Hilda once again.

January 24, 2016

David, I am so sad for you all. Thinking of you

Jenny Lynn

January 24, 2016

Martha,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when we were young and spent a lot of time together. Lem Junior has always been a good man and a good brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jenny Lynn

January 24, 2016

Debbie, David, Nancy, and children,
I am sorry for your loss but remember the good man your daddy was. The Lord allowed him a good life with the people he loved and they loved him. My prayers are with you.

jim & trish Motherwell

January 24, 2016

To the Keith Clan.
Of all the trips I have done to the States from playing on stage at Madison Square Gardens to playing for President Bush at the White House, by far the best memory I have is when I was invited into the home of the Keith Clan for Thanksgiving Dinner half way through a 42 state tour of the USA, that is when I met Mr Keith, David's father, what a lovely & welcoming man he was. I would just like to say from myself & my wife Trish we would like to pass on our condolences to David, Debbie & Nancy & all of the family. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Jim & Trish.
Pipe Major Jim Motherwell. B.E.M.
10th Personal Piper to HM Queen Elizabeth.

FROM THE FAMILY