Our Sincere Sympathy

Thomas Paul Keathley
April 22, 1922 - July 24, 2004

    Thomas Paul Keathley, 82, the third child of the late Luster and Stella Keathley, long-time residents of Hughes County, passed away July 24, 2004, at Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City.  Paul was born in a four-room farmhouse four miles south and one-half mile east of Lamar on April 22, 1922.  He started attending Shady Grove school, five miles south and a half mile west of Lamar in 1928 walking more than two miles each way with his older brothers, Mack and Neil.  Luster and Stella had met at Shady Grove in 1916 during a church service held weekly in the school.  They were married there in 1917.  Paul transferred to Lamar High in the fall of 1935 and completed 3 years of high school before the family moved to Dustin and he graduated there in 1940.  During the December 1939 move, Paul rode his horse and, all alone, drove the family livestock from 4 miles south of Lamar to 3 miles south of Dustin.
     Paul was interested in woodworking and building.  He took coursework at Wetumka and entered the Army in 1943.  He was assigned to the South Pacific and used his talents in the CB Corps where he built roads, barracks, runways, bridges, and the like.  He and older brother Mack were assigned to the same unit for a time in the New Hebrides Islands in the Pacific.  Following the war, Paul married the former Maxine Martin, who grew up in Weleetka, Oklahoma and now lives in Oklahoma City.  Paul worked for several companies and was a construction supervisor for several major Oklahoma companies.  Upon becoming members of South Lee Methodist Church, Paul was involved in several construction and modification projects with the church.
     Paul is survived by his wife, Maxine, of 58 years, daughter, Paula Lockhart, of Okla. City and her husband Bo; son, Bobby Joe of Okla. City; grandchildren, Kristin Scott and husband Cory and Airman Jacob Foster; and great grandchildren, Jayden and Kiana; brothers, Mack of Checotah, Neil of Okla. City, Len of Newalla, Alvin of Wetumka, James of Benbrook, TX, and Phil of California; sisters, Lucia Gray of Dustin, Marguerite Willoughby of Okla. City, and Melba Hawkins of Crescent.
     Services were help at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at South Lee United Methodist Church, Okla. City, and burial was at Resthaven Cemetery.  Visitation was at Guardian North Funeral Home on Mon. and Tues. July 26 and July 27, Okla. City.