James Lee Keithley

James Lee “Jim” Keithley, 71, of Grove, Okla., passed away Wednesday morning, April 15, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.
Keithley was born Nov. 29, 1948, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was a 1966 graduate of Clever High School. Throughout his life, he resided in Marionville,  Galena, Kan., and Grove, Okla. He worked as a truck driver for many years and last worked for Aaron’s Factory in Springfield.
On Jan. 22, 1971, he was united in marriage to D. Elaine Lambert and together they shared 45 years of marriage before her passing on Feb. 22, 2016. 
He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Abel; his mother, Ida Mae Wishon; and his adoptive father, William Thomas Keithley.   
Survivors include two children, Ida Abel and husband, Alan, of Eucha, Okla., and Kit Keithley and wife, Tracie, of Wagoner, Okla.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Kim Mootrey and husband J.R., of Diamond; Joe Keithley and wife Diana, of Springfield; Mike Daugherty and wife Sue, of Republic; Holly Eskridge and husband Clemon, of Springfield; Jeff Daugherty and wife Kim, of Sarcoxie; Jess Keithley and wife Debi, of Ash Grove; Jay Keithley and wife, Denise, of Barnesville, Ga., and Gina Riehl and husband Bill, of Raleigh, N.D.; as well as a host of extended family and friends.
No formal services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the National Kidney Foundation at https://www.kidney.org/donation.


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