James R. Keister obituary photo
 
In Memory of

James R. Keister

November 1, 1951 - January 3, 2018

Obituary


Sgt. James Russell Keister of the Shelby County Sheriffs Dept died January 3 from complications of post-polio syndrome.
Jim, as he was known to his friends, earned a degree in criminal justice from UAB after working in the Alabaster Police Dept as a dispatcher, booking agent and P.E.I. operator. After graduation, he worked his way up to sergeant in the Sheriffs Dept until health complications forced his retirement. Of course, they called him "Ironsides" even though his wheelchair was aluminum.
Jim's true loves were his wife and family (related by blood or "adopted"), deep sea...

Sgt. James Russell Keister of the Shelby County Sheriffs Dept died January 3 from complications of post-polio syndrome.
Jim, as he was known to his friends, earned a degree in criminal justice from UAB after working in the Alabaster Police Dept as a dispatcher, booking agent and P.E.I. operator. After graduation, he worked his way up to sergeant in the Sheriffs Dept until health complications forced his retirement. Of course, they called him "Ironsides" even though his wheelchair was aluminum.
Jim's true loves were his wife and family (related by blood or "adopted"), deep sea fishing and children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Marion, his brother Joel, and his sister Judy Klyce. Survived by his wife Ann Keister, nephew Michael Klyce, and literally thousands of those whose lives he touched