Keith Thurtell

Born in Adairville, KY on August 15, 1956

Departed on October 23, 2020 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Gordon Keith Thurtell, age 64 of Springfield, passed away Friday afternoon at Northcrest Medical Center.

Keith was raised in Adariville, KY and son of the late Walter O. and Shirley Hallman Thurtell. He was a proud graduate of Adairville High School, and an even prouder graduate of Western Kentucky University.

No place was quiet when Keith was in the room. He was known as a jokester and described as the “King of Dad Jokes.” His sense of humor, mixed with his kind, compassionate, patient side made him a man of honor that people loved. When he needed to know something, he would simply study, learn and carry out his task. He loved to make special gifts for people by woodworking or custom t-shirts.

Earlier, Keith enjoyed bowling and loved to read, but his greatest passion was his grandchildren.

If you needed to know something he was also “a wealth of useless information”, making him your likely phone-a-friend in time of need for knowledge.

Keith simply thought of others first and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife: Lisa Schultz Thurtell; and an infant brother: Lincoln Elliott Thurtell.

He is survived by his wife: Ann Carter Thurtell of Springfield; daughter & son-in-law: Kayla & Brandon Head; and grandchildren: Xander Head and Kennedy Head, all of Millersville. He is also survived by his special niece: Sadie Fears of Springfield; sister & brother-in-law: Carla & Bruce Quick of Bowling Green, KY; nieces and nephews: Lauren (Seth) Johnson, Elliott Quick and Lincoln Quick; and a great-niece: Hudson Johnson.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-7 PM, and again Thursday from 11 AM – 1PM for visitation at Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center. A Celebration of Life will be conducted Thursday at 1 PM at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Allen Woodard. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville, KY.

Those serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Violette, Art Violette, Blake Vick, Parker Vick, Elliott Quick and Jason Warden.

18 Comments to Keith Thurtell

  1. Brittany Clinard
    October 26, 2020 5:01 pm

    My heart is so heavy but joyful while reading this. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for being a part of my life, for helping raise me, and for loving me as your own child. Hugs and prayers to Mrs. Ann, Kayla, and the rest of this wonderful family.

  2. Elaine Dixon
    October 26, 2020 6:40 pm

    The world would be a better place if there were more Keith Thurtells. I know he is happy to be reunited with Walter and Shirley but he will be missed. Comfort for those he left behind♥️

  3. Paul and Connie Purdue
    October 26, 2020 6:45 pm

    Oh how we loved living next to you. Your dad was a great neighbor, full of good humor, wisdom and so devoted to you and all his family. Know our hearts ache for you.

    Love and Prayers

  4. Kenneth Wayne Head
    October 26, 2020 7:01 pm

    We are very sorry for the loss of Mr. Thurtell. We know it is so hard to give up a loved one. We express our sympathy to the entire family and it is our hope that your current sadness at his loss will (with time) be changed to pleasant memories.


    Kenneth Wayne and Linda Head

  5. Jimmy and Elaine Pigg
    October 26, 2020 7:31 pm

    Our hearts hurt for you and your family in the sudden loss of your dad. Praying for your peace and comfort. Those good memories of him will warm your hearts over time and will bless your life, which would be what he would want for you.

  6. Jada
    October 26, 2020 10:20 pm

    Mrs Ann. My heart is breaking for you.. you know your office ladies are there for you. We love you

  7. Brenda Prince Kelley
    October 26, 2020 10:44 pm

    Keith was a good person and a lot of fun in school. Very sorry to hear of his passing. We graduated together and even though we didn’t keep in touch when someone mentioned his name I always visioned his big smile.
    Class of AHS 1974 has lost a good man. Prayers and love to his family.

  8. Windy Fears
    October 27, 2020 12:32 am

    Keith Thurtell, I will always love you. I know you are in a better place. I miss you.

  9. Alicia Sweeney
    October 27, 2020 9:15 am

    Keith was such a good guy with a heart of gold and a smile that made me smile back at him! He was always so sweet to Ms. Ann when he would come into work and visit her/us — and he was very funny all the time. Even when he didn’t feel well, he was always trying to make people smile and laugh. Ann I know your heart is broken and I just want you to know that I am praying for you.. for strength, peace and understanding. Keith wouldn’t want you to be broken. I know that is easier said than done but I am here for you if you need ANYTHING. Thank you Keith for lending the world your smile and kindness for awhile. Thank God for a reunion to look forward to together some day. The thought of heaven will be even oh so much sweeter now when you think of who is there waiting for you. God bless you my sweet friend. Prayers always.

  10. Ross & Jannesse Shoulders
    October 27, 2020 9:29 am

    Knew Keith years ago and tried to find out how he and Ann were doing. Ross graduated high school with Keith, I know the class of 1974, Adairville high school is saddened to loose their friend! To Ann and the family, love and prayers!

  11. Andrea Talley Moberly
    October 27, 2020 9:02 pm

    Keith was and will always be one of the good guys. Class of ’74

  12. Jamela Hill
    October 28, 2020 11:04 am

    Keirh was a pleasure to work with. He had to way of lighting up the room. I will miss his jokes the most. The most memorable joke he told me was: What is an expert? An exaggerated drip.

    Ann, you and your family are in my prayers. May God’s peace and love rest upon you all.

  13. Quiauna Donaldson
    October 28, 2020 12:37 pm

    Prayers for you all Thurtell family. Keith was certainly one of the kindest, most considerate people i ever knew. The world will miss his sweet soul. Praying for your strength and comfort. Rest well Keith.

  14. Eloise Moss
    October 28, 2020 3:14 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Keith at work and he was always telling jokes. He was a happy soul and will be missed. My heart goes out to his family. May God strengthen and comfort his loved ones and May he rest in peace.

  15. SHARON Brown
    October 28, 2020 5:09 pm


  16. Jane
    October 29, 2020 10:42 am

    I was so sad to hear the news of Keith’s passing. He was one of my earliest students at Adairville and I have lots of fond memories of him. Even though he faced lots of hard things in life, he remained upbeat, positive and cheerful. Prayers for family who will miss him dearly.

  17. Nancy A Smith
    October 29, 2020 8:37 pm

    I had the honor and pleasure to manage Kieth when he was a field Revenue Agent. I appreciated his sense of duty, honesty and professionalism. When he retired due to his health, he was missed. He was a great joker and did not whin or complain, but looked forward and did his duty. He was an honorable and fine person. I know he will be greatly missed by those for whom he cared. He told me he loved his wife, child and the grandchildren were the light of his life. He did not carry grudges when most men would. The world was a better place because he lived. May God be with you, give you strength and support you in ths ime of need. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. Carolyn Tinsley Lowry
    October 29, 2020 11:07 pm

    Carla, am so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. Remember you two growing up in Adairville. Everyone loved your family , and was devastated when your Dad was killed. I know where Keith got his “sense of duty, honesty and professionalism.” Your Dad caught me speeding, and he was the nicest state patrolman ever, but he still gave me a ticket. It was his duty, and I knew it was the right thing to do. Beside that, he might have saved my life, and other lives by reminding me to be safer. I believe Keith had to be the man of the family at a young age. He was always a happy, likeable guy growing up, as I remember. Know that I share in your sorrow.

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