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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
James Keylon

James Reuben "J.R." Keylon

Saturday, May 5th, 1934 - Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
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James Reuben (J.R.) Keylon, 86 of Lenoir City, passed away early Tuesday morning, July 14, 2020 at his home.
He was a native of Loudon County and was a son of the late Roy and Beatrice Haire Keylon. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Karen Keylon and Betty Burke and a step-daughter, Gwyn McCollister.
J.R. was of the Presbyterian faith. He attended Tennessee Wesleyan University and was associated with AT&T for 34 years serving as Service Manager with offices in Knoxville, Nashville and Maryville. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars and the Tennessee National Guard retiring after 34 years with rank of Colonel.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Keylon of Lenoir City; three son, Kelly Keylon of Marietta, GA, Kevin and Tracy Keylon of West Union, SC and Steve and Alicia McCollister of Sevierville; grandchildren, Heather, Grayson, Colin, Aliyah, Titus, Tyler, Kendyl and Kirby; and 4 brothers and spouses, Bill and Tolitha and Dr. David and Joyce all of Athens, Tommy and Diane of Altavista, Kansas, and Bob and Alberta of Soddy Daisy.
A funeral service will be conducted, 7:00 pm, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00-6:30 pm, Wednesday prior to the service. The committal service will be Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors provided by the U.S. Army.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Tribute, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 7:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    Chattanooga National Cemetery
    1200 Bailey Avenue
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    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:30 pm with full military honors.


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Kylene Kennedy Hansard

Posted at 09:07pm
Remember Mr.Keylon as a very well dressed,
nice supervisor at the telephone company. My sympathy for his family. Kylene Kennedy Hansard

Nancy Barbee

Posted at 07:17pm
So sorry to hear about JR I worked with him at South Central Bell & then BellSouth. Sending prayers of comfort for you and your family.

Doris Crowell

Posted at 06:34pm
JR was one of a kind....he made sure our “telephone company” work was done right all the while having fun. We shared many wonderful pot luck luncheons at the Knoxville Elm Street work center. Fly high, my friend.
My condolences to all his family.

William Norris

Posted at 01:05pm
William Norris
I worked for and with J.R. at South Central Bell/Bellsouth for many years. He was very well liked and respected by everyone. My condolences to his family.

Emmitt and Deloris Hunt

Posted at 06:14am
Bill, Tolitha, David and Joyce; we are so sorry for your loss of a brother. We have many great memories of the Keylon family including your mother. Please know we care and are praying for all of you during this difficult time. Love and prayers.
Emmitt and Deloris Hunt

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