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Wallace Grey Keesee

September 22, 1935 - September 9, 2021

A memorial service with be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2772 Bethany Road, Rustburg. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Rustburg Volunteer Fire Department.

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Wallace Grey Keesee, 85, peacefully left this world for the next on Thursday, September 9, 2021, in the Campbell County farmhouse where he was born on September 22, 1935. He was the only son of the late Charlie Wilbur and Catherine Wheeler Keesee.

Wally graduated from Rustburg High and attended Virginia Tech (VPI) where he was a member of the ROTC Corp of Cadets. He was an avid Hokie fan and follower of NASCAR, a lifelong member of Bethany United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Rustburg Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Rustburg Ruritan Club for many years.

One of the first General Electric employees hired in Lynchburg in 1956, he met his beloved wife of 64 years, June Barrentine Keesee at work. He retired from GE/Ericsson after more than 43 years to begin his final career as a full-time farmer. Wally loved his cows and was always busy; he seldom took a day off. Until he lost his vision during the last two years of his life, he could outwork a person half his age and was seen daily on his tractor.

Wally loved to laugh, joke or tell a funny story. He loved to play with his children and spent lots of time attempting to teach them to play baseball. Alas, he was much more successful teaching them how to fix broken items themselves. He was mechanically gifted, a great designer and problem-solver.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter, Donna Hobbs (Graham) and his sons Brett and Jon  Keesee (Michelle), all of Rustburg; granddaughters Tanya Kramer (Craig) and her sons Noah and Tyler of Granite City, IL; Nichole McKenzie (Mike) and her daughters Anyslie & Avery of Evington; Kaylin Faris (Cory), Megan Daughtry (Vic) and daughter Haleigh, and grandson Matthew Keesee and daughter Rylee, all of Rustburg; grandson Jonathan Keesee (Gabriella Carr) of Franklin, IN and granddaughter Hannah Keesee (Joe Thurman) of Concord, as well as many cousins and friends.

A memorial service with be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2772 Bethany Road, Rustburg.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Rustburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit





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Donna and family, My intentions to get a card in the mail have failed.. I wanted you to know how sorry I am that you have had to say goodby to your Dad. I know how that is.. Know that he loved you and your family and will always be with you and roaming around the farm. Many memories will flood your mind and touch your heart in the days and years to come. Please let you Mom know that I am thinking of her also. Thoughts and prayers coming your way .

Posted by Ann Muse Evans on September 24, 2021

The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on September 20, 2021

I worked with Wally at Ericsson many years ago at the beginning of my career, and he was a great friend and brilliant mentor. He always had a joke or a bit of wisdom to impart, and most often it was both. It was a real pleasure working with him, having lunch with him, and going on the occasional road trip with him. I have missed him greatly these past few years, but his pearls of joy and wisdom are always with me. My sincerest condolences to his dearly-loved family. May God bless you with all the happy memories that you must have from your time with Wally.

Posted by Joe Harding on September 15, 2021

I am honored to have had the chance to know Kaylin's Papa. What a loss to all of the family in having such a great person in your life. You could see that he loved his family, friends, his animals, the place in Rustburg that he had always known as home and welcomed all who came, whether for a brief visit, holiday or special occasion. Thinking of all of the family and knowing you have such great memories to hold and share forever. God Bless.

Posted by Susan Krantz on September 15, 2021

I’m so sorry for the loss of Papa. He will be missed by so many. He was always so kind and loved my girls with all his heart. Prayers sent for comfort to all the family. God bless you.

Posted by Joy Mason on September 14, 2021

I was fortunate to know Wally through our employment at GE. He was such a great guy and no matter how bad your day was going, he would always bring a smile to your face. Prayers are being lifted. I am proud to call him my friend!

Posted by Carolyn deBernard on September 13, 2021

June, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you & the family in my prayers. May God give you strength, courage, comfort and peace during this difficult time and in the days ahead.

Posted by Nancy Grant on September 13, 2021

So sorry for the Passing of Wallace.. Prayers for Peace and Comfort for Family. Rev. 21 .4

Posted by Michael E KEESEE on September 12, 2021

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