Keith Erwin Leeper was born the twin son of Henry J. “Bell” and Annie Jewel Jones Leeper on June 10, 1972 in Prescott, Arkansas. Keith and his twin Kevin were active and lively little boys. Growing up in Okolona, Arkansas Keith, Kevin and their younger brother Christopher were often referred to as “Bell’s Boys”.
Keith professed his faith in Christ at an early age, was baptized and united with Pleasant Gove Baptist Church. He served as an usher and enjoyed singing with the Antione Community Choir.
He was a proud graduate of the class of 1991 at Delight High School. He showed tremendous enthusiasm as a student and excelled in basketball. Keith was a natural at making people laugh and he built lasting friendships with other students, faculty and staff.
Being born into a legacy of loggers, it was not doubt that Keith would soon join the Leeper Logging family as a truck driver. He drove safely for over 30 years. What began as a CB handle, “Hollywood”, became his nickname among fellow truckers, friends and family alike.
On November 29, 2008 he married Tina M. Royal, whom he fondly and lovingly regarded as “Lil Luther”. This union was blessed with three children. Tina gained Jordan and Keith gained Jacolby and Peyton as bonus sons. Keith was an outstanding father as well as bonus dad. He provided love and support and was present for every event or activity. After making their home in Ashdown, Arkansas, he united with St. Rest Baptist Church where he served as the president of the Usher board. Keith loved spending time with family. He looked forward to trips home whether it was for a family reunion or a get-together. He also loved anything associated with Logging. His sense of humor and comedic personality always brought a level a fun and laughter.
Without notice Keith slept away from this life on Monday, January 10, 2022. He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Jewel Leeper (1950-1999).
We will cherish the memories of laughter as he remains in our hearts forever. Keith will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Tina Royal of Ashdown, AR; his children, Jordan Leeper of Dumas, Jacolby Williams and Peyton Williams both of Ashdown, AR; his father Henry J. (Renita) Leeper of Okolona, AR; his siblings, his twin brother Kevin (Willette) Leeper and Michelle Furlow both of Arkadelphia and Christopher (Felecia) Furlow of Delight, AR; his bonus siblings, Donnell (Vanda) Williams, Jr., of Arkadelphia, Mercedes (Quinton) Green of Camden, AR and Janilo (Amanda) Woodley of Okolona, AR. He also leaves to cherish his memory his bonus mom and cousin Diana Leeper, a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, several extended family members, Tim Leeper and the Leeper Logging and the St. Rest Baptist Church families.
A Walk-thru public visitation will be held Friday, January 21, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home. Please note that masks are required upon entry into the facility.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Transformation Center International Kingdom Embassy, 1111 Hazel Street, Texarkana, Arkansas 75501 with Minister Jordan Leeper, eulogist and Rev. Clevester Rolfe hosting. Interment will be at Piney Grove Cemetery in Foreman, Arkansas. Masks are required upon entry into the church, temperatures will be taken and social distancing is encouraged.
We thank you, in advance, for the love and respect you have had for Keith over the years. We hope that you are able to continue that display of love; however, if you are exhibiting symptoms or have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 or flu and you are still within the quarantine time frame, please stay home and shelter in place.
Bearers of the casket will be Ken Nelson, Michael Crussel, Marlin French, Derrick Beard, Kendall McDaniel, and Derrik Dixon. Honorable to mention are Rodney Gentry, Remond Thomas, Kevin Leeper, Jr., Rashad Young, Kanavious Leeper, Nico Porter and Leeper Logging. The Delight High School Class of 1991 will serve as floral escorts. Honorary floral escorts are Kaillah Leeper, Alexis and Amani Furlow.
All truck drivers who will lead in the processional to the cemetery are asked to assemble and park at the church at 10:00 a.m.