Bobbie Nell Keeton was born on April 24, 1947 in Blytheville, Arkansas to Curtis and Mary McDonald and departed her earthly home in Bath Springs, TN on December 6, 2022. Being the daughter of a sharecropper, Bobbie moved around quite frequently but planted her roots in West Tennessee. She graduated from Lexington High School Class of 1964, and continued to lead class gatherings throughout the years.
On June 25, 1966, she married her sweetheart, Russel Keeton. The following year they welcomed their pride and joy, Chadwell Keeton.
Mrs. Bobbie had a very successful career with the Southwest Human Resource Agency, Head Start Division from 1972 and retiring in 2012.
In the early 70s, Bobbie and Russel became active in the Decatur County Jaycees. Later, Bobbie went on to become President of the Decatur County Jaycettes and Secretary of the Tennessee Jaycettes. While serving as a Jaycette, Bobbie became heavily involved with the inception of the Decatur County World’s Largest Coon Hunt. She served as President and chairman of the board for 18 years.
St. Jude became a passion of hers and she worked tirelessly to help contribute to this organization. So much so, she had Danny Thomas’s personal home phone number and corresponded with him often.
Though she had her hands full, family was still a priority. Bobbie and Russel started a motocross track in their own backyard. They ran this track from 1979 until 1985. Till this day, people still talk about the “Bath Springs Bunch”.
The day before her 40th birthday, she became a Gran. NOT a grandmother for she was far too young. 4 short years later, she welcomed granddaughter number 2.
Though she dearly loved her family, Bobbie’s true love was dance. She formed the ChaCha Sisters and later the Boot Scooters, teaching a line dance class in both Jackson and Parsons. She used her passion for dance to once again help contribute to a wonderful organization. Mrs. Bobbie was a board member of the Carl Perkins Organization and participated in the Carl Perkins Decatur County Dancing with the Stars. There, she helped raise money for local children in need.
In her retirement, Bobbie used her love of dance to give back. The Boot Scooters went to local nursing homes, schools, and senior centers and performed for whoever would watch.
The work she has done throughout her life will forever leave a mark.
She is survived by her husband, Russel Keeton. Son, Chad (Gail) Keeton. Granddaughters Cassi Keeton and Kelsi (Jose) Morales. Great grandchildren Sydnee, Paisley, Ava, and Axel Morales and Kate Reeves. She also leaves behind her most faithful caregiver, her dog, Lily.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 8th, 11-8 and Friday, December 9th, 10 until time of service at 2 at the Trinity Assembly of God in Decaturville. Burial will follow at the Butler Cemetery.
Family asks that in leiu of flowers, donations be made to the Bobbie Keeton Memorial. You can send payments to firstname.lastname@example.org on PayPal or make checks payable to Chad Keeton. All contributions will be gifted to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her memory.
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