James G. Keatts

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James Griffin Keatts, MD (August 1, 1937-July 31, 2017) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Subiaco Academy in 1955, and then attended Little Rock Junior College. While attending, Jim helped to start a petition drive to turn Little Rock Junior College into what is now known as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Jim enlisted in the Navy in 1958 and proudly served on the USS Intrepid as a hospital corpsman. This is what inspired him to return to college to become a physician as he previously planned to become a writer prior to his enlistment.

He graduated with a BS from Little Rock University in 1964, and was accepted into and completed Medical School at the University of Arkansas. He completed his internship in Kansas City, Missouri, at Menorah Medical, and then completed an ophthalmology residency at UTMB in Galveston. He was board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, was a member of the American Medical Association, and numerous other medical societies and associations.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 36 years, Janet; daughter, Julie Owen and her husband, Steve of Pasadena, CA; and son, Jeff Keatts of Denver, Colorado. He also leaves 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, and one great grandson. He is survived by two brothers, Henry Keatts and wife Carole, of Tampa, FL, and Chuck Keatts of Little Rock, AR; and numerous nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to him as "Swammi," because he knew all!

His memories will remain in the hearts of many, his quick wit, smiles and laughter will be missed.

A celebration of Jim's life will be shared with his friends and family at the Walden Golf and Country Club at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

The family would also like to thank the many doctors and nurses that cared for James, with special thanks to his pulmonary specialist, Dr. Ather Siddiqi, who made it possible for him to get in those extra rounds of golf.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to The Braden Bailess Memorial Fund, 15814 Champions Forest Drive # 142, Spring, Texas 77379. Those wishing to post tributes and memories to the family may do so at www.eickenhorstfuneral.com.


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