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William Keith HackneyPassing: September 2, 2023


Mitchell First Christian Church

Memorial Service

Thursday, September 7th @ 6:00pm


Mitchell First Christian Church

Thursday, September 7th @ 4:00pm-6:00pm


No Burial

MITCHELL – William Keith Hackney, 72, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Franciscan Health in Greenwood, IN.

Born September 16, 1950, in Paoli, he was the son of Clay and Imelda (Cooney) Hackney. He married Carol D. Hackney on October 6, 1979 and she survives.

Keith was a 1969 graduate of Orleans High School and a member of First Christian Church in Mitchell. Over the years, he and Carol owned and operated two businesses: KC’s Motors to Go in Mount Pleasant, TX, and then Hackney Trucking in Mitchell, IN. In later years, he divided his time between Indiana and Texas. In winters he was employed by Select Stone and Sod Supply in Princeton, TX, and during the summer he was employed by Flynn and Sons Excavating and Paving in Bedford.

Keith was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a medic.

Anyone who knew Keith, knew with absolute certainty he was a dedicated family man. He cherished his wife and attended to her every need. In July 1984, he discovered a new meaning to life. From that time forward, he would forever be known as a doting, if not sometimes overly-indulgent, Pawpaw. He adored all of his grandchildren tremendously. His yellow lab, JR, was his constant companion, seldom leaving his side. 

On countless occasions, he would drop everything to help a friend or family member in need. If there was something to be fixed, repaired, installed, or otherwise overhauled, he was there to lend a hand, or, at the very least, to explain the best way (aka his way) to get the job done.

Surviving are his wife, Carol D. Hackney of Mitchell; children, Andrea (Bill) Davis of Plano, TX, Dickie Gaines of Mitchell, W.K. Hackney-Goen of Salem, and Todd (Lea) Gaines of Mitchell; sisters, Wilma Jarvis of Salem and Barbara Noel of Salem; sixteen grandchildren and eight (plus one on the way) great-grandchildren, who will remember always how their Pawpaw, the gentle giant, had a way of making each of them feel so very special; and many nieces and nephews, who believed without a doubt, that their Uncle Keith hung the moon.

His parents and brothers, Clifton Hackney, James Hackney, and Ronald Hackney, preceded him in death.

Memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, at the First Christian Church in Mitchell with Brother Mike Collins officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Memorial Gifts: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

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18 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Mark & Teresa Lindley | Orleans, Indiana
    Date: September 11, 2023
    Mark and I send our most heartfelt condolences to all of the family. As Keith was my cousin through Uncle Clay [my grandmother was Cora Lee (Hackney) Crumley], I remember him from childhood. Going to Uncle Clay and Aunt Imelda's for Thanksgiving or other holidays was always fun. Then, Mark and I both got to work with Keith at Hall Bros. He was always so kind. May God give you comfort and strength during this difficult time. 🙏 The Lindley's Mark & Teresa Josh, Val, & family Caleb & Tristany Jacob, Courtney, & family
  2. Guest: Andrea | Plano, TX
    Date: September 10, 2023
    Hey Dad, Bill and I are on our way back home to Texas now. We will be in Plano in about 30 mins. You are on my mind and heart constantly. I know we’ll all get through this slowly but surely, as so many have said. We have no choice really. But it sure will be difficult without you. You did so much, you know. So much for everyone. I’ve spoken with a lot of people over the past week who loved you and will miss you too. I just want you to know, we’ll be ok… eventually. Right now though, my heart really hurts and I miss your face and presence with my whole being. I do find joy in picturing you now. It’s really easy to do, seeing you so healthy and pain free. I bet you’re glad your knees are new, huh? What’s your job in Heaven? Whatever it is, I just know you’re wearing a tool belt and “supervising” all those around you. Well, I have to go for now. You know me, though, I’ll be talking to you often. I know you’ll keep listening. <3
  3. Guest: debbie vanmeter | bedford, in
    Date: September 7, 2023
  4. Guest: Stephanie Conger-Meglasson | Waxahachie, TX
    Date: September 7, 2023
    I love you Uncle Keith, I will miss your warm smile and your kind words. I will see you again one day. Praying for Aunt Carol and family. I love you
  5. Guest: Jenni Cole | Carmel, IN
    Date: September 6, 2023
    Thinking of you 🙏🏻 So sorry for your loss.
  6. Guest: Phillip Conger | Harleton TX
    Date: September 6, 2023
    My heart goes out to you Aunt Carol, and I pray that you will be comforted by the holy Spirit.
  7. Guest: Wayne Haase | Sneedville Tn
    Date: September 6, 2023
    My prayers for God to give peace and comfort to your family and friends in this difficult time 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
  8. Guest: Janet I Noe | Mitchell
    Date: September 6, 2023
    Carol, so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. I know this was a rough time for you all. Janet and Charlie
  9. Guest: Derrel Payton | Mitchell, In
    Date: September 6, 2023
    Keith was My best friend and. The greatest adviser on many subjects. Whether it was helping me build my house. Or Just talking about nothing. I will miss our daily conversations.
  10. Guest: Michelle Henderson | Lexington
    Date: September 5, 2023
    Keith will be sorely missed. He knew what was important in life- Christ His family, friends, and was a friend to all who knew him. My heart goes out to you all.
  11. Guest: Cherie kinder robertson | Yarnell Az
    Date: September 5, 2023
    Carol I am so sorry about Keith. I know your family loved him and he will be missed
  12. Guest: Shelia Reef | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: September 5, 2023
    Sending prayers to all family and friends for the loss of a wonderful man! God bless all and RIP Keith!
  13. Guest: Caleb Colson and family | Fort Worth, TX
    Date: September 5, 2023
    Keith was a beloved son of God who was never shaken in his faith, no matter the circumstance. I’m blessed to have known and loved him for the short time that I had. His loyalty and love for his family was steadfast and beyond distinction. We pray for peace and healing for the entire family. Words cannot express my heartfelt love for Carol and Andrea. May God continue to watch over you.
  14. Guest: Joshua colson | Trophy Club TX
    Date: September 5, 2023
    To know another giant of the faith is now side by side with Jesus watching over us, brings me great peace. My heart truly wishes it did not come at the expense of our physical time with him on this earth. I pray that the love of the Father permeate and saturate every heart that feels dad’s loss. May the memories of his joy, love, wisdom, strength and every other good moment be what fills our minds. I love this family and I cherish every moment I’ve been given with them.
  15. Guest: GARY NORROD | Dublin, Ohio
    Date: September 5, 2023
    Family was important to Keith and he surprised our family by traveling from Texas to Mitchell to attend the Cooney reunion. Maybe he thought this could be his last one on this earth, but he knew what a great reunionit will be when we all get to heaven!!! Keith was able to tell his share of stories and listen to others share. Like always, we laughed and laughed. I watched his faith in his Savior grow as he battled his health issues. He taught us to laugh and love, and grow in our faith no matter what we face.
  16. Guest: Carolyn Braman Riefe | Saginaw, MI
    Date: September 5, 2023
    Dear Carol and family, I'm sorry to hear about Keith. I'm sure you have many happy memories of your times together in Mitchell and Texas. May you have comfort remembering those times. My prayers are with you.
  17. Guest: Fritzi Phillips | Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: September 5, 2023
    My heart & prayers goes out to you all.
  18. Guest: Richard R Conger | Pittsburg, Tx
    Date: September 5, 2023
    Uncle Keith was a man everyone looked up to, he will be greatly miss. I'm so sad for you. Love & miss you Aunt Carol.