Clarence Burl Keller, age 87, of Coleman, died Friday, July 21, 2023, at Hendrick Hospice in Abilene.
The family will host a visitation at 1:30 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2023, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Chas Shira and Justin Smith, pastors at First Baptist Church, officiating. A private family interment will follow in the Bangs Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, in Coleman.
Burl was born on June 24, 1936, in Dallas, Texas to Daniel Ernest Keller and Sallie Nipp Keller. He grew up in Dallas until the first grade and moved to Lipan until his senior year. Burl moved with his family to Midlothian where he graduated high school. He then attended the University of Corpus Christi and then joined the United States Army. Burl married Charlotte Kay Bowen on April 15, 1961, at Trinity Baptist Church in Corpus Christi. With this union three children were born, Russell, Jeanette, and John. Burl and Charlotte lived in Lancaster, Irving, and then settled in Duncanville where they lived for 38 years. Burl worked as a sheet metal mechanic until his retirement.
Burl and Charlotte moved to Coleman in 2001 where they became members of the community and devout members of the First Baptist Church. They opened Keller’s Donut Shop in 2002 providing tasty morning treats for Coleman for several years. Burl enjoyed working in his large garden, working cattle, and being a part of First Baptist Church. He loved working and participating with the youth program at First Baptist Church. His proudest achievements were being a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved his family immensely and will continue to live on through the precious memories of his loved ones.
Preceding Burl in death are his parents, Daniel and Sallie Keller; one daughter, Elaine Kay Keller; and seven siblings, Leta Mae King, Alton Keller, Syble Hammond, Lona McArty, Wanell Carter, Bruce Keller, and Patsy Jackson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Keller of Coleman; his children, Russell Keller and fiancé Christy Wright, Jeanette Webb and husband Bruce, and John Keller; his grandchildren, Adam Keller and wife Myella, Aaron Keller and wife Savanna, Allie Keller and fiancé Cameron Loewrigkeit, Brandon Webb and wife Karly, and Heather Webb and fiancé Drew Thrash; four great-grandchildren, Zane Groves, Zayiley Goldsmith, Raelyn Keller, and Brecken Keller; three sisters, Lucille Addison and husband James of Lipan, Judy Hay and husband Joe of Lubbock, and Ann Briggs and husband Edwin of Red Oak.
Pallbearers will be Lee Morrison, Mark Sanderson, Drew Thrash, Cory Robinson, John Casey, and Michael Taylor. The honorary pallbearer will be Art Jennings.
The family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be given in memory of Burl to the First Baptist Church Family Life Center or to the First Baptist Church Youth Specialty, P.O. Box 983, Coleman, Texas 76834.
We invite you to share fond memories and words of comfort and condolence with the Keller family by signing the virtual guestbook on Burl’s tribute page at www.stevensfuneralhome.com. Stevens Funeral Home is honored to serve the Keller family.