William "Bill" F. Keith

Thursday, February 24th, 1938 - Friday, October 11th, 2019
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Coach Bill Keith, age 81, passed away on October 11, 2019, at Community Hospice, Fort Worth, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas 76013.

In place of flowers, the family requests donations are made, in Bill's name, to the American Cancer Society.

Bill Keith was born February 24, 1938, in Heidenheimer, Texas, to Reuben and Eva Keith.

He graduated from Rogers High School in 1957. He was an outstanding student/athlete attaining All-District honors in Football, Basketball, and Track. Bill was the Valedictorian of his class. He received a track scholarship and attended Sam Houston State University. Bill graduated from the University of Houston; and received his bachelor's degree graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. He then completed his master's degree from North Texas University.

Bill married Ruth Shenkir in August 1960, and had one son, Rick.

Coach Keith had a 50-year teaching and coaching career. Before graduating from the University of Houston, he served as a student-intern teaching and coaching position at Jones High School in Houston – later coaching at Temple Travis Jr. High. After three years, Asst. Supt. Woodrow Counts of Arlington AISD called Bill. Bill accepted Mr. Count's offer to become the Head Coach at Carter Jr. High and later at Sam Houston High School. He represented the defensive staff of the 1973 Semi-Final Texan football team and track team to many district championships. Bill then became the Head Coach at Gunn Jr. High, coaching many city championship football teams. Bill was an Assistant football coach at Arlington High School and later the Head Coach of the Colts football teams, attaining Coach of the Year honors. His teams won many district, bi-district, regional finals honors.

Bill retired in 1999, enjoying his Lake House in Whitney and deer hunting with his friends and family in Breckenridge.

Bill enjoyed attending all of Rick's athletic events. He was a loving Dad, Dad-in Law, Grandfather, and friend. He loved his family, and he especially loved being Paw Paw to his grandchildren, Kennady and Trey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Mary, Margaret, Bobbie, and one brother, Reuben.

Coach Keith is survived by his son, Rick, wife Debbie, and grandchildren, Kennady and Trey.

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    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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Keith Harkness

Posted at 11:16pm
I find it fitting to post about OTM on a Friday night. I met OTM in 2002 when I started coaching at AHS alongside Rick. He was a great friend, advisor and a man my son was a fan of because of his wit. OTM loved those grandkids and I was fortunate enough to have been friends with Rick and Debbie when both were born. My prayers are with Rick, Debbie, Kennedy and Trey.

Much love, Ed & Shellee Carter and family

Posted at 07:49am
Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Bill will forever be missed.
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Rusty Robertson

Posted at 03:46pm
R I P Bill there are some big deer up there where you are with really big horns

Tamara Wood

Posted at 10:30am
Where do I begin. I first met Bill around 1980 when Doug coached Defense along side of Bill @ Sam Houston High School. I had always heard such great things about this Bill, what a great mentor he was, what a great coach, person & friend he was to Doug. After meeting him, I realized how true all these things were about him. I remember how surprised & excited he was when we named our son after him. As the kids were growing up, we had so many fun times @ Lake Whitney. The kids were always wanting to go by Uncle Bill's place to ride the Bat Mobile. Bill was the only person that could call Nicole "Nicki". We all loved him so much. Doug had always said he learned so much about coaching & teaching from Bill....He admired & loved him so much, as we all did. Ricky, please know that my thoughts, prayers are with you & Debbie & the kids during this time of sorrow. There is one thing I do know in my heart, that Doug was waiting at the Gates of Heaven waiting for his dear friend. Love...….Tamara Wood

Nicole An Cartner

Posted at 10:33pm
You always had a great smile and a good joke. I will always remember our family time together and miss it dearly! You will FOREVER be in my heart and on my mind!! Give my dad a big hug for me! Thank you for the wonderful memories, I love you Uncle Bill!!! Love Nicole "Nicki"

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