William (Bill) Keatley

William (Bill) Keatley, 78, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. A native of Bozoo, West Virginia, he was born to the late Carl and Myrtle Keatley. He was a resident of Newport News for 58 years.

Mr. Keatley received an Associates of Mechanical Engineering from Bluefield State and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia Tech. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as a Senior Engineer after 55 years of service. He was a member of Hilton Christian Church. 

Coach Keatley spent 30+ years coaching baseball, basketball, and softball where he positively affected the lives of many youths throughout the years. He was also involved in many softball and basketball leagues as both a player and coach.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Lloyd Jackson, and Phyllis and Dale Frazier; his brother, Bob Keatley; and daughter-in-law, Sarah Keatley.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia E. Keatley; four sons, Shannon, Chad (Kristen), Derek (Mandi) and Sean (Florence); two brothers, Jim (Janie) and Randy (Vickie); eleven grandchildren, Carter, Cassie, Hayden, Lindsey, Dawson, Brogan, Fairyn, Corben, Afua, Patrick and Sophie; many nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law, Connie Keatley; and his first wife, Sandy Keatley.

A celebration of life will be held in July. Details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hilton Christian Church at

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.


  1. Moses Acheampong

    My earnest empathy to the the entire family in this difficult period of time. May you be comforted, it is well.

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