Samuel William Keaton, Sr. passed on Friday, August 30, 2013 in Marietta, Georgia shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer. Burial will be in Decatur, Alabama. Sam grew up on the family farm in Cullman, Alabama before joining the Air Force. Shortly after his honorable discharge, he married Rebecca “Becky” Steenson. They raised two sons, Samuel “Sammy” Keaton, Jr. and Stuart “Skip” Keaton. Sam worked for 42 years at Wolverine Tubing in Decatur Alabama before retiring and, in 2002, moving to Georgia to be near his youngest son. In Georgia, Sam married Jimmie Cone, who preceded him in death in 2009. Sam is survived by many in-laws, step-relatives, friends, and close family members including his grandson Gerritt Keaton, son Sammy Keaton, Jr., and his grandchildren Tony, Alyssa, and Lee and their parents Jennifer and Skip Keaton.