Our Sincere Sympathy
Mack Graham Keathley, 90-year old Checotah,
Oklahoma, resident, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday,
May 3, 2009, in Tulsa. Mack was the eldest of 10 children (six brothers
and three sisters) born to Luster L. and Stella Keathley of Lamar,
Oklahoma, all of which grew up farming. Mack was born and raised in
Lamar attending Shady Grove and Lamar High Schools graduating in 1938.
He moved with his parents and siblings to Dustin, Oklahoma in 1939 and joined the U. S. Army on September 16, 1940. He met, fell in love with, and married Agnes Smith of Dustin on Wednesday, October 22, 1941 (his dadís 48th birthday) in Dustin, Oklahoma. He served in the Army during WWII surviving his shipís hitting a mine in Hawaii harbor and sinking. He swam to shore. For the balance of the war he served on Espiritu Santo in the Pacific and was Honorably Discharged on November 15, 1945.
Mack attended Oklahoma A & M College in Stillwater, Oklahoma, earning a BS degree in Agriculture in 1952. Mack worked as a soil conservation agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, assisting farmers with their farm pond building, conservation planning and applications. Mack and Agnes moved to Checotah, Oklahoma in 1959 where Mack continued to work as a soil conservationist in McIntosh County retiring at the age of 60 after 25 years of service.
They joined the First Baptist Church of Checotah where he was very active as a Sunday School teacher, Church Clerk and Prayer Team Leader. Mack was ordained as a Deacon in 1962 faithfully serving the church. He was appointed a Deacon Emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Checotah.
Mack was preceded in death by two brothers (Paul and Neil) and one sister (Lucia). He is lovingly survived by his wife of 68 years, Agnes of the home, their son Dennis Keathley and daughter-in-law, Sandy, of Coweta, Oklahoma: Four grandchildren, Clifton Douglas Keathley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kendra Janelle Plowman and her husband, Justin, and Gregory Evan Keathley, all of Coweta, Oklahoma and Anthony Warren Keathley of San Diego, California. Four great-grandchildren: Jefferson and Julian Keathley, Zane Keathley, and Jacob Plowman. Four brothers: Len Keathley of Norman, Oklahoma, Alvin Keathley and his wife Julia of Wetumka, Oklahoma, James Keathley and his wife Charlie Belle of Benbrook, Texas, and Phillip Keathley and his wife Florence of Ripon, California. Two sisters: Marguerite Willoughby and her husband, Kenneth of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Melba Hawkins and her husband, Marvil of Crescent, Oklahoma.
Visitation was May 7, 2009, at Garrett Funeral Home and the funeral was on Friday, May 8, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Checotah with the Reverend Steve Dennis officiating. Committal Prayer and interment was in the Dustin Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the U.S. Army Funeral Detail. Casket Bearers were Clifton Keathley, Gregory Keathley, Anthony Keathley, Justin Plowman, James Keathley, and Alvin Keathley.