Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo)

3715 Highway 25, Montevallo, AL


James William Keeton

April 13, 1923January 31, 2020

James William Keeton of Calera, Alabama, died on January 31st in Alabaster, Alabama. He was born in Barton, Alabama on April 13, 1923. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Jessie Belle Keeton, and his brother Charles, of Cherokee, Alabama. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, and four children: James Carlisle Keeton, Kathy Finley (Wayman), Diana Gray (Russ), and Ailene Keeton; and four grandchildren: Elizabeth Hurn, Courtney Kenning, Danielle Huey, and Michelle Finley; and three great grandchildren: Conner, Michael, and Darcy Hurn. Mr. Keeton graduated from high school in Cherokee, Alabama. He attended Auburn University (then called Alabama Polytechnic Institute or API) where he was in the ROTC and flight trained at the Shelby County (Tennessee) School of Aeronautics. He served his country during World War II in the Caribbean Air Command, based in the Panama Canal Zone, and was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1949. Mr. Keeton was a building contractor for many years in Shelby County, Alabama. He was a 32nd degree mason with membership in the Shades Valley Lodge in Homewood, Alabama, and a longtime member of Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Montevallo. He was an avid deep-sea fisherman, and a lover of animals, and gave a loving home to many stray animals. Services will be Tuesday February 4 at Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Montevallo with visitation at 9 am and funeral at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spring Creek CP Church or Sav-a-Life Crisis Pregnancy in Pelham, Alabama.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020


James William Keeton

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