Keith Meade Minton, son of the late Roy Burton Minton and Sarah Jane Minton was born on Dec. 30, 1923 in rural Bernie and departed this life in the St. Francis Medical Center at Cape Girardeau on Nov. 10, 2006, it was his wife Betty's birthday at the age of 82.
His family settled in the Pyle community where he lived his entire life. On July 25, 1948 he married Betty Davis. To this union three children were born. He is survived by his wife Betty, of the family home, Davis Minton of Dexter and Bradley Minton of Dexter; several nieces and nephews.
Keith never had to wonder what he would do when he finished high school, for he had already been out on the farm and farming from an early age. Farming was all he wanted to do. He started out with little and built a successful farming operation. In doing so, he wanted to be a good steward of the soil, for as in all things in his life, he thought you had to give something back in return for what it gave to you.
He served on several boards, among them, the F.H.A. Board, M.F.A. Board of which he was President, served 20 years on the Ozark Border Electric Board on which he was awarded the prestigious A.C. Burrous service award by the Missouri Electric Cooperative.
He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Community Church and was baptized by the late Rev. Walter Smith.
He was a loving husband and father, was so proud of his sons, never met a stranger and had a hand shake and smile for all.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends for he gave so much of himself to a family that dearly loved him and so many friends, that he enjoyed so much.
Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5 until 8 p.m., Saturday Nov. 11, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006 in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Sycamore Cemetery near Pyle.