Vannie Traylor Keightley

December 1, 1933 - October 1, 2018
Sunset View Cemetery Association
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Vannie Traylor Keightley died peacefully at age 84, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, in the early morning of October 1, 2018 in Oakland, California. Born in 1933, she was raised in a Southern Baptist home in the Alcoa Aluminum company town of Maryville, Tennessee. Her father George Hamilton Traylor was an engineer and Vice President with Alcoa; her mother Sarah Moore Traylor wasContinue Reading

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Elizabeth (Betty) Lord Bonsal left a message on April 20, 2021:
Vannie and I go back to 1956 when she came to Savannah after graduating from Agnes Scott College. We clicked almost immediately. After being good friends for about 2 years, we decided to go to NYC to live - and we both wanted to live in Greenwich Village. A 1st cousin of mine told me it was the ONLY place to live in the city. My mother had a friend whose niece lived in an apt. in the city but who wanted to come back to Sav. for a year - so we got in touch with her and it was arranged! We lived in her apt. (6 1/2 rooms) at 80 Perry St. at the ridiculous cost of $110 a month (the niece was quite a bit older than us and had the apt. for a long time.). V. and I had a glorious 1st year there. Unfortunately when the niece returned to live with V. and me, she and V. ended up hating one another. So V. and I then found an apt. in the east Village (E. 4th St. around the corner from Ratners and Rappaports. They both stayed open all night! At this time, I was getting serious with an adorable guy named Steve Bonsal. And the rest is history!
Dennis Miller left a message on November 6, 2018:
My wife Sara joins me in extending sympathy. Family members and friends will find this condolence strange. I never knew Mrs.Keightley. One of the many blessings in my life is to have known her parents. Like Mrs Keightley, I was raised in a Southern Baptist home in Maryville, Tennessee. My mother and I attended First Baptist Church in Maryville, as did Mr. and Mrs. Traylor. My saintly mother and Mrs. Traylor were friends. As a youngster growing up ( I am about 8 years younger than Mrs. Keightley) I witnessed first hand the polished effectiveness of a humble Christian executive and his lovely, talented wife. I am not sure I realised and appreciated what I was seeing. A few years later it was very clear. Mr. Traylor, who was called Ham by adults -not by us children- was the head of Tennessee operations for the Aluminum Company of America located in Maryville's twin city of Alcoa. In those days -- I graduated from Maryville High School in 1959- thousands of employees worked there in three shifts a day 7 days a week. Mr. Traylor, a quiet and soft spoken man, was the chairman of the Board of Deacons at First Baptist. Everybody in the congregation respected the Traylors. So the Chairman of the Board of Deacons at church was the top executive at Alcoa. What a blessing the Traylors were. Later in life I presented the Traylors to illustrate of one of the many benefits a small town enjoys from having a large employer in the area. How many small town churches could have leadership like Mr. Traylor? To you grandchildren and others I say if you wonder what difference one Christian couple can make, think of Sarah and Ham Traylor.
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