Mary Lydia Keefauver1

F, b. 16 December 1898, d. 8 January 1978
     Mary Lydia Keefauver was born on 16 December 1898 at Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Joseph Deadrick Keefauver Sr. and Lucemy Belle Hylton.1 Mary Lydia Keefauver died on 8 January 1978 at Washington Co., TN, at age 79. She was buried in January 1978 at Boones Creek Christian Church Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #59854085.

Citations

  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Nancy Jane Keefauver

F, b. 1 July 1845, d. 11 March 1923
     Nancy Jane Keefauver was born on 1 July 1845 at Washington Co., TN.1,2 She was the daughter of Nicholas Keefhaver Jr. and Nancy Dicey Bacon. Nancy Jane Keefauver married Uriah Hunt Squibb, son of Payne Squibb and Dicey Hunt, on 16 November 1868. Nancy Jane Keefauver died on 11 March 1923 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, at age 77. She was buried in March 1923 at Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Nancy Jane Keefauver and Uriah Hunt Squibb

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.
  2. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.
  3. [S463] 1870 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1568; FHL #553067.

Nicholas Keefauver1

M, b. circa 1829, d. before 18 September 1860
     Nicholas Keefauver was born circa 1829 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Henry Keefhaver and Elizabeth Galloway.1 Nicholas Keefauver died before 18 September 1860 probably died shortly after the 1850 census, in Washington County, Tennessee. On the 1850 census, he is annotated "Idiot", indicating a serious health condition.

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Nicholas E. Keefauver

M, b. June 1867, d. 1957
     Nicholas E. Keefauver was born in June 1867 at Washington Co. (probably), TN.1 He was the son of William Shelton Keefauver and Edna Evelyn Hunt. Nicholas E. Keefauver married Virginia A. Morrell, daughter of Elbert Morrell and Ann R. (?), on 25 April 1889. Nicholas E. Keefauver lived in May 1910 at Highland, Boulder Co., CO.2 He lived in January 1920 at Sunnyside, Weld Co., CO.3 He died in 1957.

Children of Nicholas E. Keefauver and Virginia A. Morrell

Citations

  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.
  2. [S1131] 1910 Federal Census, Boulder County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 113; FHL #1374126.
  3. [S1132] 1920 Federal Census, Weld County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Rolls 172-3; FHL #1820172-3.

Paul W. Keefauver

M, b. December 1892
     Paul W. Keefauver was born in December 1892 at Washington Co. (probably), TN.1 He was the son of Nicholas E. Keefauver and Virginia A. Morrell.

Citations

  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Pearl Deborah Keefauver

F, b. 29 December 1900, d. 21 March 1934
     Pearl Deborah Keefauver was born on 29 December 1900 at Tennessee. She was the daughter of James Clinton Keefauver and Flora Louise Bacon.1 Pearl Deborah Keefauver married William Emory Sells, son of John B. Sells and Mary Elizabeth Owens. Pearl Deborah Keefauver died on 21 March 1934 at age 33. She was buried in March 1934 at Highland Church of Christ Cemetery, Gray, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #61120175.

Children of Pearl Deborah Keefauver and William Emory Sells

Citations

  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.
  2. [S1702] 1930 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 2284; FHL #2342018.

Robert Lee Keefauver

M, b. 15 September 1869, d. 21 July 1948
     Robert Lee Keefauver was also known as "Buck". He was born on 15 September 1869 at Sulphur Springs, Washington Co., TN. He married Sarah F. Bacon in 1897. Robert Lee Keefauver died on 21 July 1948 at Sulphur Springs, Washington Co., TN, at age 78. He was buried in July 1948 at Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #71182352.

Child of Robert Lee Keefauver and Sarah F. Bacon

Ruby Keefauver1

F, b. 3 March 1915, d. 19 April 1993
     Ruby Keefauver was born on 3 March 1915 at Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Joseph Deadrick Keefauver Sr. and Lucemy Belle Hylton.1 Ruby Keefauver died on 19 April 1993 at age 78

FUNERAL NOTICE - Johnson City Press; April 20, 1993:

APPALACHIAN-HARTMAN FUNERAL HOME

Mrs. Ruby Keefauver Reid
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Keefauver Reid of 2012 Sherwood Drive, who died Monday, April 19, 1993, will be conducted Wednesday at 11 A.M. from the Boones Creek Christian Church with Charles Reese, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow in the Boones Creek Christian Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to meet at the church at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday will be Tom Torbett, Mike Lacy, Jim Martin, Leon Overbay, Jim Cox, Paul Onks, Dean Crumley, Ross Shipley, Bob Hall, Glen Davis, Bill Hull, David Saylor, Rickey Slagle and Jerry Slagle. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Boones Creek Christian Church, 312 Boones Creek Christian Church Road, Gray, TN or to Appalachian Christian Village, 3012 Sherwood Drive, Johnson City, TN. There will not be a public visitation. Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home, 800 East Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of the arrangements.

She was buried in April 1993 at Boones Creek Christian Church Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #59854215.
Note: Court Case & Decision:

COURT CASE - COURT OF APPEALS OF TENNESSEE, WESTERN SECTION, AT KNOXVILLE, June 12, 1984

WELDON FAW KEEFAUVER, ET AL, PLAINTIFFS/APPELLANTS, v. RUBY KEEFAUVER REID, ET AL DEFENDANTS/APPELLEES

WASHINGTON CHANCERY; HON. LEON JORDAN, Chancellor. (Tomlin, J. wrote and delivered the opinion. Nearn, P.J., W.S., Crawford, J.)

The plaintiffs have appealed from a decree of the Chancery Court of Washington County dismissing their complaint on the grounds that they failed to carry the burden of proof. The plaintiffs are beneficiaries under the will of Mary Keefauver, now deceased. By their action they sought to set aside certain inter vivos gifts by Mary, principally in favor of another relative, Joe Keefauver Reid. Their complaint also leveled charges of undue influence and abuse of her confidential relationship with Mary against Ruby Keefauver Reid, the sister of Mary and the mother of Joe Reid, and the executrix under Mary's will. The chancellor found that all the transactions sought to be set aside constituted valid gifts to Joe Reid by the decedent. He also found that the proof failed to establish that Ruby exercised any undue influence on Mary, nor did she abuse the confidential relationship that existed between them. Later, the chancellor awarded attorney fees to the attorneys for the plaintiffs, ordering the fees to be paid out of the estate on the grounds that the action as brought was an attempt to enhance the estate.

Both sides have appealed. As for the plaintiffs, the essence of their complaint on appeal is essentially that the evidence preponderates against the findings of the chancellor both as to the inter vivos gifts and as to the alleged abuse of the confidential relationship between Mary and Ruby. The defendants object to the awarding of attorney fees from the entire estate, contending that it was not a proper case for the awarding of attorney fees. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm the chancellor in all respects.

Many of the material facts are not in dispute. The principals in this litigation consist of seven siblings and their respective children. They are:

1. Mary Keefauver, decedent.
2. Jack Keefauver.
3. Joe Keefauver.
4. Kathleen Hill, 5% beneficiary under Mary's will.
5. Weldon Faw Keefauver, plaintiff and 20% beneficiary
(a) William Joseph Keefauver, plaintiff and 10% beneficiary
(b) Eleanor Keefauver, plaintiff and 6% beneficiary.
6. Louise Dyer, plaintiff and 10% beneficiary
(a) Charles Grayson Dyer, plaintiff and 10% beneficiary.
7. Ruby Reid, defendant, executrix and 30% beneficiary
(a) Joe Keefauver Reid, defendant
(b) Lawrence Henry Reid, 6% beneficiary.

Since the early 1940's, Mary and her two brothers, Jack and Joe, were partners in the Keefauver Brothers' angus farm in Jonesboro. Jack worked full time running the farm. Mary was employed full time at the Broyles Insurance Agency, of which she owned a one-half interest, and was nothing more than a "silent partner" in the farm. For most of this period in her life Mary resided in the family house on the farm. In 1949, Ruby and her two sons, Joe and Lawrence, came to live with Mary in the homeplace. The two boys grew up on the farm, and Ruby and Joe Reid were still living in the homeplace at the time of Mary's death.

In 1973, due to their advanced ages and due to failing health on the part of Jack and the increased responsibilities of operating a large cattle farm, Joe, Jack, and Mary decided to sell the farm. However, it was their desire to keep the farm in the family. It was first offered to one nephew who declined to assume its operation because he felt that he was financially unable to consummate the purchase. The brothers and sisters then approached four nephews about forming a partnership and taking over the farm. However, because of some inter-family differences, the nephews declined.

Ultimately, the trio sold the farm to Joe Reid. In the transaction, Joe Reid executed a promissory note in the amount of $104,000 to each of the three brothers and sisters, secured by deeds of trust on the farm. He also assumed a $50,000 note against the farm held by a local bank. The deed to Joe specifically reserved life estates unto Mary and Ruby in the house in which they lived.

On the same day of the closing, Mary, in writing, forgave $36,000 of the $104,000 principal due her on the note from Joe Reid and his wife. She filed a federal gift tax return for that year, but paid no tax on the gift, inasmuch as $30,000 of it was covered by her lifetime exemption, and $6,000 was exempt from taxation as a result of her annual exclusion.

On May 29, 1973, Mary executed her Last Will and Testament and listed as beneficiaries those siblings, nieces, and nephews listed above. However, it is significant to note that Joe Reid was not named as a beneficiary.

In 1974, Mary forgave Joe Reid and his wife another $6,000 due on the $104,000 note. Again, she filed a federal gift tax return for that year, but paid no tax. In that same year, as a result of a buy-sell demand submitted to her by the co-owners of the Broyles Insurance Agency, Mary became the sole owner of that agency. In order to purchase the 50-percent interest in the insurance agency, Mary borrowed $43,000 from brother Joe and sister Kathleen. This transaction took place in September, 1974. In that same month, for reasons not specifically spelled out in the record, Mary executed a general power of attorney in favor of her sister Ruby, which was never recorded.

In January, 1975, in fulfillment of her previously expressed desire to retire from business, Mary signed over and delivered to her nephew Joe Reid her entire interest in the insurance agency. Joe Reid in turn paid Mary $10,000, although he testified at trial that Mary wanted the agency to be a gift from her to him. Out of the operating revenues of the agency, Joe Reid also repaid Joe and Kathleen the $43,000, plus interest, that they had loaned Mary to purchase the 50-percent interest from her partner. After Joe Reid became the owner of Keefauver Farms, Mary also purchased $15,000 worth of farm equipment for him to use in the operation of the farm.
In September, 1977, Mary and her two brothers, Joe and Jack, agreed to release their mortgages on the farm, as well as surrender the promissory notes held by them, in exchange for annuities purchased for them by Joe Reid, issued by The Travelers Insurance Company. Mary's annuity called for her to receive $5,200 a year for ten years. This amounted to $10,000 less than the $62,000 then remaining due on the original note of $104,000. The release of the deeds of trust in exchange for the annuities was carried out by Ruby, utilizing her power of attorney, Mary being absent from the meeting. Mary suffered a stroke nine days after this transaction took place and was hospitalized. She subsequently died in January, 1978.
Following the admission of Mary's will to probate, the plaintiffs, all heirs under her will, filed this suit, seeking to void all of the aforementioned transfers and to receive the proceeds for the estate. As for the inter-vivos gifts, the plaintiffs sought to prove that Mary lacked the requisite intent to make valid gifts. They also sought to prove that Ruby's release of Joe Reid's deed of trust on the farm in favor of Mary, utilizing Mary's power of attorney, was an abuse of the confidential relationship between Ruby and Mary.
In dismissing the complaint, the chancellor found that there was no compelling testimony that Mary was incompetent prior to her stroke on September 15, 1977. He also found that Mary had independent advice consisting of frequent discussions over a period of time with her brothers Joe and Jack concerning the release of her mortgage on the farm in exchange for the annuity.

I. THE INTER-VIVOS GIFTS.
This case having been tried before the chancellors sitting without a jury, under our rules it comes to us with a presumption that the findings of the chancellor are correct. We review the case de novo upon the record, and unless we find that the evidence preponderates against these findings, absent an error of law, we must affirm. Tennessee Rule of Appellate Procedure 13(d).

As to this issue, we have reviewed the record, and we are of the opinion that not only does the evidence not preponderate against the chancellor's finding but it supports it. For instance, Jack and Joe, Mary's brothers, both disinterested witnesses, testified that Mary knew what she was doing at all times up to and including the release of the trust deeds on the farm in exchange for the annuities, with hers being released by Ruby. Joe also testified that he and his brother Jack were aware as far back as 1973 that Mary did not want a "full settlement" for her interest in the farm.

Furthermore, Ruby Reid testified that Mary was very competent until the last few months of her life. Kathleen Hill also testified that Mary's mental capabilities did not deteriorate badly until "right before she died." Both of these witnesses stood to benefit if the plaintiffs had been successful in their litigation.

In addition to the above, there were other witnesses who testified that Mary was aware of what she was doing when she initially sold her interest in the farm and immediately forgave $42,000 of the purchase price to Joe Reid. A strong evidentiary fact supporting the chancellor's finding that Mary was aware of what she was doing is that she executed her will at about the same time she forgave $42,000 in debt from Joe Reid. In that will all of her nieces and nephews were named as beneficiaries except Joe Reid. In our opinion, there is no further necessity to review the balance of the testimony on this issue which we resolve in favor of the defendants.

II. THE FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP AND THE POWER OF ATTORNEY.
It is the law in this state that when a fiduciary and confidential relationship exists, if the dominant party to the relationship receives a benefit from the other party, then a presumption of invalidity of the transfer bringing about the benefit arises. Richmond v. Christian, 555 S.W.2d 105 (Tenn. 1977). In order to rebut this presumption of invalidity, the dominant party is given the opportunity to show that the subservient party or the other party to the transfer had the benefit of independent advice. Mahunda v. Thomas, 402 S.W.2d 485 (Tenn. App. 1965).

The chancellor found that Mary had the benefit of independent advice in making these transfers. We cannot say that the evidence preponderates against this finding. Mary's brothers, Joe and Jack, as well as Mary's accountant, testified that there was much thought and discussion about the release of their trust deeds on the property in exchange for the insurance company annuities. This issue is also resolved in favor of the defendants.

III. ATTORNEY FEES.
In considering the awarding of attorney fees in situations such as the one before us, the law in Tennessee is that "the test by which the question is to be determined is whether the services rendered enure to the benefit of the entire estate as distinguished from services that enure to the benefit of one or more of the individuals interested in the estate or trust." Gilpin v. Burrage, 216 S.W.2d 732, 736 (Tenn. 1948). See also Third National Bank v. Cohn, 254 S.W.2d 741 (Tenn. 1953); Pierce v. Tharp, 455 S.W.2d 145 (Tenn. 1970); and 2 Pritchard on Wills and Estates (4th ed. 1983) § 843, pp. 455-6. Clearly, the services rendered by the attorneys for the plaintiffs enured to the benefit of the entire estate, since all of the beneficiaries under Mary's will would have benefited from any recovery by the plaintiffs. The chancellor did not err in decreeing that attorney fees for the plaintiffs' attorneys should be taxed against Mary's estate.

The decree of the trial court is affirmed. Costs in this cause are taxed to the plaintiffs, for which execution may issue, if necessary.
NEARN, P.J., W.S., CRAWFORD, J.

Citations

  1. [S1693] 1920 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 1770.

Samuel Keefauver1

M, b. circa 1846
     Samuel Keefauver was born circa 1846 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Henry Keefhaver and Elizabeth Galloway.1

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Selmer Keefauver

M, b. September 1899
     Selmer Keefauver was born in September 1899 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Nicholas E. Keefauver and Virginia A. Morrell.

Citations

  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Stella Keefauver

F, b. circa 1907
     Stella Keefauver was born circa 1907 at Washington Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Nicholas E. Keefauver and Virginia A. Morrell.

Citations

  1. [S1131] 1910 Federal Census, Boulder County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 113; FHL #1374126.

Weldon F. Keefauver1

M, b. circa 1902
     Weldon F. Keefauver was born circa 1902 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Joseph Deadrick Keefauver Sr. and Lucemy Belle Hylton.1

Citations

  1. [S466] 1910 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, Series T624, Roll 1524; FHL #1375537.

William Elbert Keefauver1

M, b. 15 November 1870, d. 28 January 1926
     William Elbert Keefauver was born on 15 November 1870 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Abraham Keefauver and Deborah Bacon.1 William Elbert Keefauver married Mellie Harrison in 1895. William Elbert Keefauver lived on 15 June 1900 at Civil District 12, Sullivan Co., TN, saddle and harness maker.2 He died on 28 January 1926 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, at age 55

Obituary -- Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee; Thursday, 28 JAN 1926, p.3 (Newspapers.com):

WILLIAM kEEFAUVER PASSES AWAY AFTER A LINGERING ILLNESS

Funeral Services Will Be Held at Residence on Broad St. Tomorrow Afternoon at 2 o'Clock

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William Elbert Keefauver, aged 56 years, passed away at his home on Broad street at 2:30 o'clock this morning. Though he had been ill during the past week, Mr. Keefauver's death came as a profound shock to his many friends and relatives in this section.

Mr. Keefauver is survived by his consort, who was before her marriage Miss Mellie Harrison, sister of Mayor J. W. Harrison, of Kingsport. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. J. W. Martin and one brother, J. C. Keefauver, both of Jonesboro, Tenn. He also leaves a host of near relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Services will be in charge of Rev. E. O. Woodyard and Rev. S. G. Ketron. Interment will take place in the City cemetery.

Active pall bearers will be: Tom C. Warrick, Will S. Pierce, D. H. Pyle, W. W. McDannell, J. C. Cope, George Wexler, Frank B. Purkey and James Dodson.

Honorary pall bearers will be: Will Cox, E. M. Geiger, W. D. Neil, J. B. Nall, W. W. Huffard, Dr. J. V. Hodge, F. L. Cloud, I. M. Fuller, S. P. Pyle, Cam A. King, J. E. Miller and Sam Anderson.

Flower bearers will be: Mrs. G. G. Keener, Mrs. F. B. Purkey, Mrs. D. W. Burgen, Mrs. P. E. Marsh, Mrs. R. E. Holten, Mrs. I. J. Breeding, Mrs. W. W. McDannell, Mrs. Guy Bevington, Mrs. E. W. Dodd, Mrs. Walter Smith, Mrs. M. E. Arnold, Mrs. J. M. Cooper and Mrs. G. Coldiron.

Mr. Keevauver was born in Washington county, Tenn., Nov 15, 1870, being a member of one of the oldest and most prominent families of that section. He was a man loved all who knew him. He had been in failing health for a number of years.

Mr. Keefauver was married to Miss Harrison 31 years ago, to which union was born one child, which died in infancy. He had been a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church for 23 years.

He was buried in 1926 at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Findagrave #88112121.

Citations

  1. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.
  2. [S1872] 1900 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1601; FHL #1241601.

William Henry Keefauver

M, b. 1 November 1897, d. 31 January 1960
     William Henry Keefauver was born on 1 November 1897 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Robert Lee Keefauver and Sarah F. Bacon. William Henry Keefauver married Willie Irene Rose Martin, daughter of John Sevier Martin and Mary Ellen Keefauver, on 22 September 1918 at Washington Co., TN. William Henry Keefauver died on 31 January 1960 at Washington Co., TN, at age 62

Obituary -- (Findagrave.com):

William Henry Keefauver was the son of Robert Lee "Buck" and Sarah "Sallie" Bacon Keefauver. He married Willie Rose Martin daughter of John Sevier Martin.
Children of William "Bill" Henry and Willie Rose Martin Keefauver:

1. Mary Florence Keefauver
2. Billy Jack Keefauver
3. Bobby Lee Keefauver
4. Dolene Keefauver
5. Donald Keefauver

Funeral services for Mr. William Henry Keefauver, 62, of Sulphur Springs, who died Sunday in Jonesboro Hospital after a long illness, were held this afternoon at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Lethcoe and Rev. Frank Mason officiating. Burial was in Sulphur Springs Cemetery. Dillow-Taylor was in charge.

Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Willie Martin Keefauver; two daughters, Mrs. Opie Woodruff, Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. John T. Barnes, Telford; a son, Jack Keefauver, Fort Worth, Tex; two sisters, Mrs. John Droke, Jonesboro, and Mrs. Fred S. Crouch, Johnson City; two brothers, Robert Keefauver, Jefferson City, and Clarence Keefauver, Sulphur Springs; and four grandchildren.

Jonesborough Herald & Tribune
Wednesday Feb 3, 1960.

He was buried in February 1960 at Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #25522494.

Children of William Henry Keefauver and Willie Irene Rose Martin

William Henry Keefauver

M, b. 11 January 1930, d. 15 August 1990
     William Henry Keefauver was also known as "Billie Jack". He was born on 11 January 1930 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of William Henry Keefauver and Willie Irene Rose Martin. William Henry Keefauver married Esta Lea Baker on 18 September 1957, no children. William Henry Keefauver died on 15 August 1990 at Houston, Harris Co., TX, at age 60

Eulogy from the Grapevine, newsletter of the Rowan Company:

Eulogy from the Grapevine, the Rowan Company Newspaper:

Romeo Delta's Front Line

Rowan Chief Pilot and Vice President of RDC Marine, Inc, division, Jack Keefauver, died in the Gulf Stream I accident on August 23. He was a man of unfailing generosity, unquestioned professionalism and ability, with a talent for employee motivation.

Besides his job, transporting everyone from Rowan's rookie roustabouts to top executives and high level corporate guests, Jack Keefauver was always quick to ascertain certain needs of his travelers, some of whom may have reluctantly left their families to earn their living with Rowan overseas. They could count on words of encouragement from Jack. Everyone was glad to see him onboard.

Jack Keefauver had an abiding interest in Rowan's aircraft. In addition to the maintenance and care of the aircraft, for which he had a strong background, he also cared about the little things that company passengers took for granted - photographs, artwork and decor, magazine selections and refreshments. Jack Keefauver took pride and an active part in everything he did. He prided himself in keeping up with technology and was proficient in use of personal computers in many aspects of his job in corporate aviation. As time permitted he also offered valuable assistance to personal computer users throughout Rowan Companies, including helping select and install software used to produce Rowan's company magazine, the Grapevine.

Jack and wife, Lea, besides being welcome faces at Rowan, took an interest in upbringing of a young girl, Jennifer Lemus.

In his eulogy Rowan Chairman and President C. R. Palmer detailed the qualities by which Jack Keefauver made a lasting impact on our company.

"For 25 years Jack Keefauver and I dreamed the impossible dream and made it happen. As Rowan's Aviation Department progressed from one Twin Beech -- that was the ugliest airplane you ever saw, tan and black with red and white trim -- to a fleet of magnificent aircraft, our business mission had as a primary purpose: to support Rowan's worldwide operations. And the drilling crews were first priority.

The call sign "Romeo Delta" became our passport into the future and was welcomed at airports in many lands.
It would not have happened without Smiling Jack.

Jack was more than a pilot. Some have said he was a pilot's pilot. But there was so much more.

Jack was gifted with rare insight and possessed a deep concern for the well being of his co-workers. He was respected by all that knew him. Those of us, who knew him, knew him well as a teacher, and enthusiastic and tireless worker and more importantly as a true and trusted friend.

As we say farewell, I am conscious of the thought, 'Therefore, never send to ask for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee and me.'" (John Donne quoted by Earnest Hemingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls.)

William N. Keefauver1

M, b. 7 December 1908, d. May 1969
     William N. Keefauver was born on 7 December 1908 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Nicholas E. Keefauver and Virginia A. Morrell.1 William N. Keefauver died in May 1969 at California at age 60.

Citations

  1. [S1131] 1910 Federal Census, Boulder County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 113; FHL #1374126.

William Shelton Keefauver

M, b. 18 October 1840, d. 3 March 1914
     William Shelton Keefauver was born on 18 October 1840 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Nicholas Keefhaver Jr. and Nancy Dicey Bacon. William Shelton Keefauver married Edna Evelyn Hunt on 15 January 1865. William Shelton Keefauver died on 3 March 1914 at age 73.

Children of William Shelton Keefauver and Edna Evelyn Hunt

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Kathryn Zilla Keefe

F, b. 13 December 1919, d. 5 April 2003
     Kathryn Zilla Keefe was born on 13 December 1919 at Opheim, Valley Co., MT. She was the daughter of William J. Keefe Sr. and Zilla Marie Brown. Kathryn Zilla Keefe married George Michael Emmert, son of Michael E. Emmert and Elva Mabel Weaver, on 16 January 1943 at Missoula, Missoula Co., MT. Kathryn Zilla Keefe died on 5 April 2003 at Kalispell, Flathead Co., MT, at age 83.

Child of Kathryn Zilla Keefe and George Michael Emmert

William J. Keefe Sr.

M
     William J. Keefe Sr. married Zilla Marie Brown on 26 December 1914 at Grant Co., SD.

Child of William J. Keefe Sr. and Zilla Marie Brown

Abraham Keefer1

M, d. March 1864
     Abraham Keefer was the son of Abraham Kieffer and Catharine Beaver.1 Abraham Keefer was Reformed.1 He married Susanna Price, daughter of John Price and Elizabeth Snively, circa 1821.1 Abraham Keefer died in March 1864.1

Children of Abraham Keefer and Susanna Price

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 752.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 755.
  3. [S82] Price Genealogy, 756.

Aleida Marie Keefer1

F, b. 22 March 1904, d. 29 June 1993
     Aleida Marie Keefer was born on 22 March 1904 at Champaign Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of William Henry Keefer and Carrie May Watkins.1 Aleida Marie Keefer married Roland Hugo Smith, son of Hugo Leonard Schmidt and Laura Hollensteiner. Aleida Marie Keefer died on 29 June 1993 at Taylorsville, Alexander Co., NC, at age 89. She was buried in July 1993 at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Lenoir, Caldwell Co., NC, Findagrave #29498526.

Citations

  1. [S4538] 1910 Federal Census, Champaign County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 233; FHL #1374246.

Alfred Price Keefer1

M, b. 11 October 1842, d. 18 October 1863
     Alfred Price Keefer was born on 11 October 1842 at Franklin Co., PA.2 He was the son of Henry Keefer and Elizabeth Weist.1 Alfred Price Keefer died on 18 October 1863 at age 21.2

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 752.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 753.

Alice Keefer1

F, b. circa 1868
     Alice Keefer married Dr. H. B. Creitzman.2 Alice Keefer was born circa 1868 at Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA.1 She was the daughter of John Price Keefer and Mary Rebecca Seibert.1

Child of Alice Keefer and Dr. H. B. Creitzman

Citations

  1. [S185] 1870 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1345; FHL #552844.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 760.

Ann Keefer

F, b. 26 April 1818, d. 29 December 1888
     Ann Keefer was also known as "Nancy". She was born on 26 April 1818 at Pennsylvania.1 She was the daughter of Jacob Keefer and Barbara Burkholder. Ann Keefer married John Stouffer, son of Jacob Stouffer and Elizabeth Oberholtzer, on 12 October 1837. Ann Keefer died on 29 December 1888 at age 70.

Children of Ann Keefer and John Stouffer

Citations

  1. [S185] 1870 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1345; FHL #552844.

Annie Keefer

F, b. circa 1871
     Note: Did not marry.1 Annie Keefer was born circa 1871 at Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA. She was the daughter of John Price Keefer and Mary Rebecca Seibert.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 761.

Annie Elizabeth Keefer1

F, b. 14 April 1873
     Annie Elizabeth Keefer was born on 14 April 1873 at Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA.1 She was the daughter of Henry Denton Keefer and Mary Jane Musselman.1 Annie Elizabeth Keefer married John Frank Huber, son of John H. Huber and Anna Mary Stouffer, on 1 January 1903.1

Children of Annie Elizabeth Keefer and John Frank Huber

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 753.

Annie Elizabeth Keefer1

F, b. 31 August 1858, d. 14 June 1899
     Annie Elizabeth Keefer married Clayton Weist Keefer, son of Henry Keefer and Elizabeth Weist, No children.1 Annie Elizabeth Keefer was born on 31 August 1858.1 She was the daughter of William S. Keefer and Elizabeth Eberly.2 Annie Elizabeth Keefer died on 14 June 1899 at Keefer P.O. (now Chambersburg), Franklin Co., PA, at age 40.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 754-5.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 755.

Annie Elizabeth Keefer1

F, b. September 1894
     Annie Elizabeth Keefer was born in September 1894 at Whiteside Co., IL. She was the daughter of Dr. John Franklin Keefer and Jane Reid.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 760.

Camilla Maria Keefer1

F, b. June 1898, d. 23 March 1930
     Camilla Maria Keefer was born in June 1898 at Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of William Henry Keefer and Carrie May Watkins.1 Camilla Maria Keefer died on 23 March 1930 at Decatur, Macon Co., IL, at age 31. She was buried in March 1930 at City Cemetery, Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL, Findagrave #31250718.
Note: Did not marry.

Citations

  1. [S1606] 1900 Federal Census, Champaign County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 241; FHL #1240241.

Catherine Keefer1

F
     Catherine Keefer was the daughter of John Keefer and Catherine Eberly.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 755.