Billy "Bill" Heyward Keasler Sr.
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"I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith." (Holy Bible, 2 Timothy 4:7)
Billy "Bill" Heyward Keasler, Sr., completed his days on earth on May 28, 2012, having been born on March 3, 1933, at the home of his parents George W. Keesler and Inez Winchester Keasler of Sunset, SC. He was a believer, follower, and proclaimer of God's Word and a servant of his Lord through Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Bill and his wife, Judith McKinney Keasler, greatly enjoyed their 46 years together. Their family includes children Billy, Jr. and Maydell Keasler and Mary and Danny Johnston and grandsons Anthony Keasler, Isaac Johnston, and Peter Johnston.
The wife of his youth was Ruth Evette Keasler (deceased), mother of Billy, Jr. Siblings and spouses are Betty and Theron Crenshaw, Thaylia Oberstar, Bailey and Louise Keasler, Shelby and Phil Williams, Morris and Betty Jo Keasler, Tommy and Angie Keasler, Carolyn and Joe Lesley, and Bernice Keasler (widow of brother Dennis).
Also surviving are the family of Frank and Martha McKinney Woodruff and a multitude of relatives and friends.
Bill's career had been in forestry and the timber industry, beginning in his father's business in his early years, continuing as a lumber inspector at Poinsett, and retiring from Crescent Resources (Duke Energy). In his retirement, he was known as a self-employed tree farmer in Pickens County. He was also a skilled woodworker for many years.
Visitation will be at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, SC from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens (Section J) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. followed by a praise memorial service at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Sunset at 3 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Matthew Danuser and Rev. Jeremy Merck.
Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church, 2901 Shady Grove Road, Sunset, SC 29685 or Camp McCall (Make checks payable to Camp McCall and mail to SC Baptist Convention, Camp McCall Memorial Gift, 190 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210).
Published in The Greenville News on May 30, 2012