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John Y Keith

April 2, 1926 ~ August 11, 2018 (age 92)

John Y Keith, Jr., 92, passed away on August 11, 2018 at home with family by his side.

He was born in Ripley, MS to Marie (Frazier) and John Y Keith, Sr.  He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 siblings and his wife, Audrey Lee (Nelson) Keith, of almost 65 years. 

He is survived by his brother, Bill Keith (and wife, Marcie) of Decatur, AL, his daughter, Judy and her husband Ron Coleman of Duluth and by his son, John W. Keith of Charlotte.  "Papa" was well-loved by his grandchildren Keith (and wife, Melissa) Coleman of Atlanta, Andrew and Kaylee Coleman of Duluth and William and Jennifer Keith of Charlotte, NC.

John is a United States Navy veteran, serving our country during World War II.

An Auburn University graduate and lifetime fan, John was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.  Then he began a 37 year career with Sears Roebuck and Co. that moved him from Atlanta, GA to Chicago, IL, Greensboro, NC and Columbia, SC.  He retired in 1986 to Russellville, AL until moving to Duluth in 1999. 

John sang in church choirs most of his life and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Duluth. He was a man dedicated to God, family and friends. War Eagle!

A celebration in honor of John Keith will be held at the Harris Orchards' Clubhouse at 2:00 pm on  Friday August 17, 2018.

Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Cremaotory, Duluth Chapel, (770) 476-2535.

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