Joe Wayne Keefer

joe keefer

August 30, 1932 ~ April 4, 2012

Joe Wayne Keefer, 79, of North Zulch, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 4, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, surrounded by his loved ones. Visitation was held Friday, April 6, from 6 to 8 pm at the Cozart Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held at the Willowhole Church on Saturday, April 7, at 11:00 am. Burial followed at the Willowhole Cemetery. Charles Smith presided over the service. Services were entrusted to Cozart Funeral Home.

Joe Wayne Keefer was born August 30, 1932 to parents Joe Berry and Lula Grace (McComack) Keefer. Joe later married Dolly and they enjoyed 52 years of marriage. He was a Railroad Bridge repair man for many years. He then ran for Justice of the Peace and he held this position for 16 years. He showed great honor in serving the community. Joe was involved with the Masonic Lodge in North Zulch for over fifty years. He was a family man and when he could find the time he loved to fish.

Joe was preceded in death by both of his parents; his wife Thelma “Dolly” Keefer; and a sister Alice Andries.

He is survived by his sons, Jody Keefer and wife Joan of North Zulch, Charles Smith and wife Paula of Willis; a daughter Sharon Donahoe of Normangee; a sister Vivian Keefer of Dallas; he also has seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

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  1. Joe Wayne was my uncle. My mother always enjoyed visiting her brother in the summer. Her only problem was having nine children. Uncle Joe Wayne and his wife Dolly always opened their home to us and showed us “City Folks” a “Big Time on the Farm” every year! Wonderful memories!

  2. My prayers and thoughts are with the famiky of Joe Wayne. I worked with him in Madison County Pre.#4. He will be missed by all that knew him and he touched a lot of peoples lives. It was a honor to have known him and Ms. Dolly. God Bless You All.

    Love and Prayers
    Mike and Sue Ellis

  3. I am sorry to hear the passing of Joe Wayne Keefer. He was my Uncle and brother of my mother Alice Inez Andries. I grew up in Dallas and Joe Wayne would visit us often. He always showed up with a watermelon or bag of nuts and a big smile on his face. Joe Wayne was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor and will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Keefer family.

    God Bless

    Jim and Molly Andries

  4. During a summer vacation I was allowed to stay, I believe two weeks with the Keefers so cousin Sharon and I could visit. We went to ball games , rode horses, and did all the chores Joe Wayne laid out for us. We were foolish enough to wait until it was over a hundred degrees outside to start digging the post holes for his new business. I mostly just fell in the hole on my turn but was pretty surprised to see the phone pole sized poles in those holes years later. I started to believe little people could do great things, if you were around Joe Wayne, you had better. In my case, I also had to have patient cousins like Charles and Sharon. Smile. Love, Barbara

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