Gary D. Keithley

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Gary Dale Keithley was born in Texas City, Texas on April 14, 1949 and passed away in Conroe, Texas on May 16, 2016 at the age of 67. Gary faced many challenges throughout his lifetime including a disabling accident at 17 and a lifelong struggle with type two diabetes, but he often said the introduction to the love of his life, Lee Christie, while they were both employed at USA Today was one of the high points of his life. Gary held many jobs and professions including 15 year span in the transportation department at Martin-Brower in Conroe. Shortly before and long after retirement, he kept himself busy as a Tax Specialist at H & R Block where he served his community preparing taxes.

Gary was dedicated to improving and serving his community. He was a livelong blood donor nearly reaching 20 gallons donated, became an ESL teacher for Literacy Volunteers of America in Montgomery County and was dedicated to serving the local community via the outreach program at Conroe Church of Christ. He believed in serving those less fortunate and there were numerous other organizations and people that benefited from his generosity anonymously.

Throughout his younger years you would find him gracing various football fields across Montgomery or Harris County refereeing middle and high school football games during the week and trekking across Texas to officiate triathlons on weekends. As a lifelong lover of music, he would spin a few 45's on his record player, take in a live show at the Creighton Theatre or Dosey Doe, had been known to travel across multiple states to soak in a private house concert with his fellow music loving compadres and even had a harmonica or two within close reach at all times.

Gary was extremely prideful of his family, fascinated with family heritage even if not his own and eventually became a genealogy expert. Daily you could find him cracking dry humored jokes, reading every inch of multiple newspapers, polishing off the crossword puzzle and mingling with friends over coffee each morning including his step-daughters biological father, George Willy, who he shared a special bond with.

He had the ability to make anyone that he came in contact with feel appreciated, loved and believe they could be a better person. Consistently, he put others interests above his own and often was found helping others solve their life's problems before we would tackle his own.

He was proceeded in death by his wife Lee Christie; Father, William O Keithley; Mother, Ruby Hardesty Keithley; Brother, William O Keithley Jr, and Stepdaughter, Michelle Malak.

Survived by his Brother, Richard T. Keithley; Sisters, Sharon K Johnson, Beverly J Rains; Step daughters Kim Thompson and husband Robert and Jennifer Willy Archambeault and husband John. He is also survived by grandchildren (Bradley Malak and wife Jennifer; Cory Malak and wife Samantha and Amy Thompson) and many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren that loved and admired him.

A reception will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow 1:00 p.m. at the Conroe Church of Christ chapel located at 1860 Longmire Road, Conroe, Texas 77304.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in name of Gary D. Keithley to one of the following charities: of Houston, Literacy Volunteers of America of Montgomery County, Conroe Church of Christ Outreach Program or The American Racing Pigeon Union.


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Conroe Church of Christ
1860 Longmire Rd
Conroe, TX 77304
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Published on yourconroenews.com from May 18 to June 1, 2016
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