E. Thomas Keeton, age 90, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, June 10 at his home. There will be no formal services for 90 year old E. Thomas Keeton. Memorials are suggested to the Pocahontas United Methodist Church, Pocahontas Baptist Church, or Bond County Hospice. The Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.
Tom grew up in Bond County, mostly in Smithboro, where he attended many of the one room school houses. He was a World War II survivor, having disembarked onto Utah Beach during European invasion. He returned to Bond County where he became an auto mechanic at a gas station proprietor in Pocahontas, Illinois. He ran the shell station and the Standard Station. In the mid 1960’s he built a new Amoco Station, the Powhatan Motel and Powhatan Restaurant. He ate breakfast at the restaurant every day for over 50 years.
Tom spent many of his years supporting the GHS sports programs. He was responsible for the welding work on the High school baseball field dugouts and the football field press box in the early 1970’s. He and his wife provided the GHS football end of season sports dinner at the Powhatan restaurant for many years.
Tom is survived by his children: Sandy (Eddie) Clark of Maryville, Illinois; Corinne (Bill) Kirkendall of Denver, Colorado; Velma (Kevin) Cochrane of Greenville and Tom G. (Patti) Keeton of Salisbury, Maryland. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren: Jodie (Clark) Jeffries of Collinsville, Illinois; Jill Clark of Webster Grove, Missouri; Molly (Kirkendall) Maguire of Danville, California; Sarah Cochrane Westrom of Washington, D.C.; Maggie Kirkendall of New York City, New Jersey; Rebecca Langstaff Cochrane of Livermore, California; Hillary Keeton of Dallas, Texas; Katie Cochrane of Chicago and Steffan Keeton of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was also the loving great-grandfather of 11.
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home
203 W Oak St
Greenville, IL 62246