In Memory of my Grandson, Scotty



This is my Grandson, Thomas Scott Keeling II, better known as “Scotty” and at the tender age of 19 passed away and is looking down from Heaven now.  It was on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 that Scotty died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Just three young men, laughing and having a good time, headed for the dairy dip, but unawares of what was about to take place. Scotty was riding with two of his friends that Saturday evening and headed to Elkton, Ky. about 8 miles form home when the car, a Cadillac equipped with those 22” wheels and low profile tires, dropped off of the edge of the road. They weren't able to recover and hit a culvert and rolled over several times.

Scotty was a quiet and shy and a very good boy. When younger Scotty used to travel with Connie and I when I was working construction. We would be gone and living in our camper, sometimes for 4 to 6 weeks and Scotty and his granny would run out shopping and play games while I worked. He would ask to call home once in a while and talk to his mom just to make sure she was alright. He never gave us any trouble while traveling and when the jobs were over we would, as we got close to Allegre, Ky. and home, sing a little song. It was just a silly little song I had made up and it went like this; Home, Home, Home, We’re going Home... Home, Home, Home, to Allegre. Scotty would sing so loud and then just laugh and sing it again… 

After Scotty got old enough to leave home he moved into a double wide trailer with a friend, (Mathew) which is located just over the hill right here on the Bar-K-Ranch. I think he just wanted to be close to his granny. (smile) You see, Scotty was our first grand child and Connie and I still are having a hard time with his not being here and coming up to the house every day or two. He loved to come and play cards or just sit and talk to his granny. He would bring his girl friend, Terri Jo, and sit and laugh and play card games with us…  I believe they were planning on getting married after they finished college, maybe even before…

Scotty was so well liked and even though he was quiet and shy had so many friends. You see, Scotty had worked at the local drug store in Elkton from the time he was in high school and delivered meds all over Todd County but was never to busy to not stop and take a few minutes to talk to these folks. They all loved him and we got so many calls from the nursing homes and home bound folks when he died telling us how much they loved him coming to bring their meds to them. They told us how polite he was and how he always made them feel so special and how missed he was going to be. Many, if not most, of these folks I never knew and was surprised at the impact one young man could have on so many folks… There were over 1750 people who went to the funeral home to pay their last respects to Scotty and that really says a lot for him… 

Here is the obituary which was from the Todd County Funeral Home. The folks at the funeral home were so very comforting and kind to us which I appreciate from the bottom of my heart and will never forget.

The Todd County Funeral Home:

“Services are scheduled to be conducted Saturday, October 14, 2006 at noon in the Todd County Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend J. R. Craig officiating. Interment will follow in Gant Cemetery, Sharon Grove. The Keeling family will be receiving friends at the Todd County Funeral Home on Friday evening from 4-8 pm.

A Todd County native, Mr. Keeling was born January 9 1987 son of Scott Keeling of Ocean Isle, NC and Cindy Tabb of Elkton. He was a 2005 graduate of Todd County Central High School and member of the Allegre Missionary Baptist Church. Scotty was a student at Hopkinsville Community College where he was a Pre Pharmacy Major, a member of Phi Thetta Kappa, and the Honor Society. He worked as a drug clerk at Weathers Drugs, Elkton.

Mr. Keeling is preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather, Carles Lester Abney. Survivors include his paternal great grandmother, Gwenn Keeling of Hopkinsville, paternal grandparents Jim and Connie Keeling of Allegre, maternal great grandparents Gary and Nina Cumbee of Elkton, father Scott Keeling of Ocean  Isle, NC, mother Cindy Tabb and stepfather Ronnie Tabb both of Elkton, fiancé Teri Jo Shackelford of Elkton, one brother Aaron Keeling of Elkton, two half brothers: R. J. Tabb of Elkton and Ethan Keeling of Gillette, WY, two step brothers Jordan Britt of Ocean Isle, NC and Zack Britt of Fayetteville, NC, one step sister Summer Tabb of Elkton, and two half sisters: Alexandra Keeling of Hopkinsville and Kaitlen Keeling of Gillette, WY.  

In  lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scotty Keeling Scholarship Fund. These donations may be made at the funeral home.”

Hear are a few more Pictures of Scotty & family.

 

           

 

From Left to right in front are Scotty's half sister Kaitlen and Pa Pa.
Back row; Scotty's brother Aaron, Granny, Scotty Scotty's half brother Ethan and Scotty's dad, Scott.

 

This is little brother, Aaron and Scotty when he was young.

 



Scotty drew this for "My Children's page" back in 1999. This is the excerpt I placed on the page for him...

"This picture comes from Scotty Keeling. He is 12 years old and goes to Todd County Middle School. Scotty is an honor roll student and he likes to play football and basketball. He also likes to go fishing with his little brother, Aaron and his mom. In the picture is the Bible Verse,
Matthew 10; 29, 31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."


"Thank you Scotty for this free hand picture and the Bible Verse.
Your Pa Pa is very proud of you! Drawn in 1999"

 

This from left to right are Ethan, Scott, Scotty, and Aaron

 

           
Scotty on the left but It was in July of 1992 when this above picture on the right was taken. I was working at Ashland Oil Refinery and Connie and I were camped at a trailer park there for the 6 weeks job. I was preaching and holding services on Sundays and this was one of the trips that Scotty went with us. He is the little guy on the right side of the picture. The story of this trip can be found on the Missionary’s Page of the “I’m Heaven Bound” site at the bottom.

 

Left to Right is Aaron, Ethan, Katie, and Scotty
who is trying not to laugh at his bothers and sister.

 

 

(Connie Christmas Scotty Pix) and Poem which is on our table.

This first Christmas without Scotty here, laughing and sauntering around the house was especially hard on all of our family. Connie set a plate with a napkin and fork on the Island in the kitchen and I found this poem and put Scotty’s picture on it and we placed it on a little table. I would like to share it with you. I don’t know the author but it’s entitled;

 

Merry Christmas from Heaven

I still hear the songs, I still see the lights,
I still feel your love on cold wintry nights…  
I still share your hopes, and all of your cares.
I’ll still even remind you to please say your prayers.

I just want to tell you, you still make me proud;
You stand head and shoulders above all the crowd…
Keep trying each moment to stay in His Grace;
I come here before you to help set your place.

You don’t have to be perfect all of the time,
He forgives you the slip, If you continue to climb.  
To all of my family please be thankful today,
I’m still close beside you, In a new special way…

I love you all dearly; now don’t shed a tear,
Cause I’m spending my Christmas with Jesus this year… 

Love and Merry Christmas,

Scotty

 

 

This is the beautiful black granite head stone Scott had made special for Scotty's resting place.




Below is a closer view of the engraved front. Scotty's name, his picture, and below is the beach picture because Scotty and Aaron spent their last vacation with their dad at the beach in North Carolina and they sure did love going to the ocean. The last picture is Scotty and little brother Aaron playing basket ball together... The Lighthouse and black flower vase were set on either side of the stone and I feel that they set the tone for the engravings.  

 

Here is the view from the other side of Scotty's Head stone.

 

There is a bench to sit and visit with Scotty and this close up below shows the reflection of the flowers in the highly polished black granite stone. It truly is a beautiful tribute to my grandson, a fine young man.

Thank you for allowing me to share my grandson Scotty with you.
May the Lord bless!

 


 

 

 

 

 

Song being sung is;  'Watchin Scotty Grow'
and sung by: Bobby Goldsboro

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