Kenneth Larry Keeton

May 17, 1938June 11, 2019
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Kenneth Larry Keeton, well known businessman and community leader, was born May 17, 1938 and passed away June 11, 2019 in Nashville, TN .

Larry was the son of the late John Montgomery Keeton and Ola Catherine Roberts Keeton Jackson.

Larry attended Bellevue High School and David Lipscomb College. Larry served in the US Navy from 1960 to 1969. Following his military service, he owned and operated Dick’s Flowers of Donelson for nearly 50 years. Being actively engaged in politics and community affairs – he served on many boards over the years including but not limited to: Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee State Florists’ Association, Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association, Hotel/Motel Association, Metro Davidson Arts Commission, Fifty Forward, The Larry Keeton Theatre Board and Evening Exchange Club. Larry also performed and opened the plays and musicals in the Larry Keeton Theater.

Survivors include his life partner, Alyce Bishop, step brothers/sisters: Brenda Winters, Sandra Booker, Wilma Crow, Johnny Jackson, Stanley Jackson, Lois Buttrey, Jackie Jackson, several brothers/sisters in law, many nieces and nephews; and Annie his beloved dog.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by step father Papa John Jackson, brothers: Buck, Buster, Jerry, and Donnie Keeton: sisters Margaret Corbitt, Fran Keith, and step sister Joann Bogart.

Funeral Services for Mr. Keeton will be conducted 2 pm Tuesday at Donelson Church of Christ with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will visit with friends Monday from 4 pm till 8 pm at Hermitage Funeral Home and Tuesday from 12 pm until time of service at Donelson Church of Christ.

Fresh Floral Design Tributes Celebrating the Life of Larry Keeton may be delivered to Hermitage Funeral Home on Monday in time for visitation or Donelson Church of Christ the day of the service.

Pallbearers, Armando San Miguel, Aaron Lasure, Wes Stephens, Randy Purcell, Anthony Caduff, Mike Bradford, Josh Cook, Ryan Hager.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Eugene Pendleton, Willie McDonald, Kevin Milke, James Kilian, Pat Spurduto, Brad Kamer, Mark Byrne, Shank Katar, Bobby Dickerson, Larry Keeton Theatre Board, Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, Evening Exchange Club, Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association, & Tennessee State Florists’ Association. Hermitage Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  • Gathering of Family & Friends Monday, June 17, 2019
  • Gathering of Family & Friends Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 18, 2019


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Kaye Hailey Petersen

June 18, 2019

I met Larry through my mom and her involvement with Fifty Forward - Donelson Station. Larry was a dear friend to my Mom, LingTee Hailey (as was Alice) and made efforts to include her on many occasions. She adored them both and was grateful for the bond they shared. Her portrait of Larry hangs in the theatre.
Fifty Forward would not be what it is today without his extraordinary generosity and tireless hours of service. In so many ways and by so many people, his absence will be felt for years to come. Thank you Larry for everything,

Shelbi Patterson

June 17, 2019

Uncle Larry was everyone's uncle, everyone's brother, and friend. He never met a stranger, and his greatest legacy from where I sit, was his ability to make every single person he spoke to feel like they were with an old friend. He was the most natural and genuine person. Thank you for all of your service, Uncle Larry. You put up a good fight, and I can't wait to get to Heaven to see what you've done with the place.

Joanne Padgett

June 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of riding on the Christmas float with Larry. He was wonderful man who always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say I will truly miss him. He was a very bright light for the community and for me. Larry always inspired people in many walks of life his dedication and his big heart will be hard to find rest in peace my old friend soon we will meet again

Sue Medcalf

June 14, 2019

As a long time volunteer at Donelson Fifty Forward, I had the opportunity to appreciate all the work Larry contributed to the Center and the Larry Keeton Theatre. The Theatre was his first love and I personally will miss his open dialogue/jokes at the Theatre. RIP Larry and we will see you some day at the big Theatre in heaven.

John Potts

June 14, 2019

Wow what a great man ...... we have lost a champion of the the community to the heavens . No doubt the Donelson Hermitage Christmas parade will go on but the next Santa needs to have big boots and will not be worthy. But I am sure the sun will shine that day and I will be there with a joyful heart because that is what he would have wanted. However there will be watery eyes for me when that last float passes . But we can all rest easy as heaven has gained our Santa and no doubt he is organizing a meeting up there and saying “ Ok let me tell you how we can do this better. “
Maybe Captain Yates can help with the route.
But as he always wanted ......There will always only be one Santa in my mind and heart.

Mike Thornton

June 14, 2019

Never say in grief you are sorry he's gone. Rather, say in thankfulness you are grateful he was here. I think it is safe to say that we are all very grateful you were here and shared your life with us.

Kim Yearwood

June 13, 2019

I have many fond memories of several productions at the Keeton theater where Larry and I worked together. ANd of the cast parties, dinners and mishaps! What fun we had in the autumn of our lives!

Jane Bryan

June 12, 2019

Dearest Larry,
I’ll always remember you with the kindest most giving and loving heart. I’ll especially remember all the beauty pageants we judged together and especially the Parade of Beauties Beauty Pageant you, my daughter, Kelley and myself founded and hosted for twelve years as a fundraiser for the Donelson/Hermitage Chamber of Commerce. People used to call us Beauty and the Beast: you were the beauty and I was the beast.
As a member of the GFWC Stones River Woman’s Club I would like to thank you for your generosity in decorating the dining room for the Christmas buffet dinners and open house at the Two Rivers Mansion. I know you did this for over 25 years. I could go on and on about all the wonderful, beautiful things you’ve done for your community and beyond but I know there are hundreds of your friends who will have there story to tell about such a marvelous man.
Love always to Heaven’s loveliest angel. Jane Bryan