Alma Dorcas Keaton
Alma Dorcas Keaton
  • June 14, 1916 - May 12, 2016
  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

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Alma Dorcas Skidmore Keaton, 99, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born on June 14, 1916 at Given, WV; she was the 8th child of 9 children and daughter of the late John B. Skidmore and Louisa Martha Susan Jones.

Dorcas was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church, Leota Campbell/Ruth Thurmond Circle, Well I’ll Bee, Oak Hill Hospital Auxiliary, Goldeneers, and the ANGEL Group. She was a retired medical secretary for Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Keaton, parents, brothers and sisters.

Dorcas is survived by her three children, John Morris Keaton and wife, Helen Mink of Brooklyn, Ohio, Thomas Wayne Keaton and wife, Elizabeth Rice of Lakeland, FL, and daughter, Rebecca Keaton Ashworth of Tempe, AZ; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Fayetteville Baptist Church with Pastor Ron George, Jr. and Rev. David Sneed officiating. Interment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Monday, May 16, 2016 at Dodd-Payne Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

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The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.