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Gary R. Keith

Funeral services for Mr. Gary R. Keith will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 15, 2019, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Kubic and Sheriff Terry Ashe officiating.  Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Visitation Thursday 2–7 PM and Friday after 10 AM at Ligon & Bobo.  Honorary pallbearers:  Mayor Randall Hutto, Sheriff Robert Bryan, Sheriff Terry Ashe, Assistant Chief Lance Howell, Captain Gary Reynolds, Chief Mike Justice, Commissioner Tommy Jones, Commissioner Kenny Reich, Larry Waddle, and the employees of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.

Mr. Keith, age 72 passed away November 13, 2019, at his home.

Born December 4, 1946, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, he is the son of the late James Helm Keith and Loraine Jones Keith.  He was in public service for over fifty years.  He worked with the City of Lebanon Police Department before being named the Parks & Recreation Director and Safety Director.  He went on to be the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works, and later named Commissioner of Public Works by Mayor Bobby Jewell. He then went to the Wilson County Sheriff’s office where he retired with over twenty five years’ service.  He had served on the Lebanon City Council representing Ward 5 and represented District 17 on the   Wilson County Commission from 2006-2019.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Keith.

He is survived by his wife of fifty five years, Carolyn Roberts Keith; three children: Lisa (Julia) Tate-Keith, Rusty (Kandy) Keith, and Bryan Edward Keith; sister, Janice Runner; and 8 grandchildren: Jessica & Chase McMillin, Ross, Lori & Kaitlyn Keith, Anthony Dake, Luke & Liam Tate-Keith.

Memorials may be made to the Wilson County Veterans Museum.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Sue Vanatta says:
    Prayers to Gary’s Family. He will be missed by many.
  2. Tilford Elkins says:
    A mild-mannered man whose word was his bond. He was my friend and I shall miss him very much.
  3. Bernie Ash says:
    Prayers for Gary,s wife and family. Gary was an honorable man.
  4. Tim Allen says:
    Thoughts and prayers to the Keith family. He was a truly great man that will be missed by all that knew him. He certainly will never be forgotten.
  5. Brenda Webster says:
    I am so sorry for his loss. Loved him and his family. He will truly be missed. Prayers for his family
  6. Mike Beckman says:
    Gary was the same anywhere he was. Was a good and decent man. RIP old friend. You will be missed by many.
  7. Bill Davenport says:
    Thoughts and Prays for the family.
    Gary was a fine man and a close friend.
  8. Scott & Missy Sewell and Family says:
    A great neighbor and friend we will miss. Thoughts and prayers for the Keith family.
    • Kim Roberts says:
      My prayers are with the family. It was an honor working with him at the sheriff’s department. My aunt, Mary Goodman, spoke very high of him. She worked with him as well.
  9. Rusty Reeder says:
    So sorry he was a great man, very nice guy, and we will be sadly missed
  10. Henry verbeke says:
    A good Friend one that I will surely miss
  11. Barrett Battle says:
    Can’t imagine anyone meeting Capt. Keith and not feeling like they just met Genuine Kindness. My Condolences to the family
  12. Donnie Denny says:
    A very, very nice man. My condolences to his family and friends. R-I-P .
  13. Haywood Barry says:
    Gary was a hard and thoughtful worker in all his endeavors. He will be missed by all who knew him. I know that I will also miss him. Our Condolence to his family. Haywood Barry
  14. Cindy and Daryl Jewell says:
    Prayers for you all. He will be missed❤️❤️
  15. Joan Bowes says:
    I never met a kinder man. I went to work for the City and he always greeted me with a great smile
    Prayers for his family.
  16. Von Barr says:
    Such a kind man. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
  17. Henderlight says:
  18. Michael Henderlight says:
    My prayers are with the family and all his many friends.
  19. Robert C Fields says:
    Just returned from the Gulf Coast. What a shock! Mr. Keith was a kind and gentle public servant and will be missed by everyone in Wilson County. My prayers for his family are being raised to the Almighty Father now.
  20. Kelly Davis-Lopez says:
    I was able to work with Mr. Keith on occasion in my time with HomeSafe. Praying for all loved ones left behind, May God provide peace and comfort.
  21. RANDY TRAMMEL says:
    I am proud to say Gary was a long time friend and co-worker and I will miss him.
  22. Russ Hopper says:
    Carolyn, so sorry for your loss. May the rest of your life be the best of your life and may the Good God bless you always! Kindest regards, Russ Hopper
  23. Gary jamison says:
    Gary, happy trails my friend. BGHS Class of ’64 was a good one to be a part of.