Christopher Derek Keith

July 13, 1967 - May 24, 2020

Christopher Keith

Christopher Derek Keith, 52, of Kountze, died Sunday, May 24, 2020.  He was born on July 13, 1967, in New Port, Rhode Island, to Wanda Marks Keith and Roy Edward Keith.

The Keith family had a farm in Bunn, North Carolina where he graduated from Bunn High School in 1986.  Chris then went on to earn a degree from the Nashville Auto Diesel College in Tennessee and he worked in the auto body repair industry for over thirty years, most recently at Fasulo’s in Beaumont.  Chris was well known in the auto body industry and was one of the best in the state of Texas.

On May 4, 2009, he married Mary Jones Keith.  While he had no biological children, Chris was a loving father to all of his stepchildren.  He was also Pappy to a host of grandkids, whom he adored and spent a lot of time making wonderful memories, most recently letting them dye his hair blue.

Chris had a passion for not only his work, but for hunting, fishing, and NASCAR racing.  He also loved to watch football and BBQ Pit Masters and loved to experiment with new recipes on. his pit.  He spent as much time outdoors as he could tending to the cows and sometimes goats they had.  He could usually be found with his beloved pug, Cosmo, who would ride on the lawnmower, tractor, and four-wheeler with him.  Chris was quick witted and known to always have a smile and funny disposition.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Keith; parents, Wanda and Roy Keith, of Kountze; children, Stoney Blake Walter and his wife, Brittany, of Fannett; Nathan Atkinson of Silsbee; and Brittany Freeman, and Kayla Hutto and her husband, Jonathan, all of Kountze; grandchildren, Brendan Walter, Stoney Walter, Bentlien Walter, Breanna Taylor, Bradley Aurich, Peyton Aurich, and Alyssa Mitchell; and brothers, Steve Keith and his wife, Sharon, of Wendell, North Carolina; and Sterling Keith and his wife, Rebecca, of Kountze.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

A gathering of Christopher’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2020, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze.

Video

Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Friday, May 29, 2020
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Saturday, May 30, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Old Hardin Cemetery
Hwy 326 Kountze, TX 77625

Comments (6)

  • Amber S.

    29 May 2020 at 20:11 | #

    Will miss Chris tremendously. He had a heart od gold, loves his family and was a great guy. Worked with him past couple of years off and on and was always someone to tell you the truth and the reason why. Became a great buddy, and will be very missed indeed.

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  • Anthony Fasulo

    29 May 2020 at 11:25 | #

    Very, very sorry to hear of this. I worked with Chris for almost 3 years at Kinsel's after I sold my shop. I have worked with probably 75 Body Technicians in my career, and I've never seen anybody work as fast as Chris and still do premium work.. He could flat out turn some hours week in and week out. Chris had his difficulties with the upper management at Kinsel's to the point where he felt that he needed to make a job change. He apparently had been talking about going to work at my old shop and he asked my confidentially if I thought he could make a good living at my old shop and be comfortable there and I told him that if he was determined to make a change, that would be a good place to consider going to.. I'm thinking that was about 2010 and upon his passing, he was still working there. I feel like that recommendation ended up costing me my own job at Kinsel's because roughly 2 weeks later, I got laid off. Things were stressful at Kinsel's for just about everyone at that time, and Chris and I confided in each other for several months. He was a no nonsense kind of guy. What you see is what you get. I had a great appreciation of Chris' abilities, because when you gave him a job, you knew it was going to be done right, and done quickly. The industry has lost one of it's absolute best technicians for sure.

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  • Sandra Womack

    27 May 2020 at 19:56 | #

    Wanda, Roy, Sterling and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant each of comfort and peace in the days ahead.

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  • Melinda Franklin Jackson

    27 May 2020 at 00:39 | #

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I went to High School with Keith. Again no words but very sorry.

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  • Kyle and Connie Bland

    26 May 2020 at 21:40 | #

    Kayla & Jonathan, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

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  • Rhett Cody

    26 May 2020 at 21:37 | #

    Roy and Wanda,
    So sorry to hear of Chris' passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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