Remains of slain TN soldier returning home after 66 years

Army Sgt. Bailey Keeton Jr.’s remains are returning home Thursday in a motorcade more than six decades after his death and will be laid to rest Saturday with full military honors in what a brother calls the “prettiest cemetery in Scott County,” reports the News Sentinel.

“The way this is being handled, it’s a really good thing,” said Ron Keeton of the honors for his brother, a soldier killed at age 20 on a frozen battlefield in North Korea 66 years ago.

Another brother, Arnold Keeton of Indiana, who hadn’t been born when his brother was killed, is a pastor and will officiate at the 12:30 p.m. services Saturday in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home on Alberta Street in Oneida, Tenn.

Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Saturday a day of mourning and ordered flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset “in honor of Sergeant Keeton’s ultimate sacrifice.”

“Bailey Keeton Jr. answered the call to serve his country and we are grateful that his family will finally have the closure of laying him to rest in his home state,” Haslam said.