Plans Set For Keightley Funeral Services

Share Your Thoughts On Mr. Wildcat Bill Keightley

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The following are details for the public viewing and memorial service for “Mr. Wildcat,” Bill Keightley:

* Public Viewing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 3, Rupp Arena Lobby, High Street entrance. The public is welcome to attend a public viewing of the casket during these hours. The line will close at 3 p.m. to allow for set up of the memorial service that begins at 6 p.m. in Rupp Arena.
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* There will be an area set up near the viewing to leave flowers and mementos.

* Public Memorial Service, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 3, Rupp Arena. Seating on the floor will be available for Keightley’s family, former Kentucky men’s basketball players, coaches, managers, university and elected officials. These dignitaries should park in the Cox Street lot and enter through the media entrance. Rupp Arena will be available for general public seating, beginning at 5 p.m. Parking in the High St. lot will be free to the public.
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* A private reception will be held immediately after the service for family, former players, coaches and managers at the Lexington Center in the Heritage Ballrooms, Rooms 1 to 3.

* On Friday, April 5, a private memorial service will be held at the Lexington Center, Heritage Ballrooms.

* The Keightley family requests memorial donations be made to The Bill Keightley “Mr. Wildcat” Basketball Managers Scholarship Fund, UK Office of Development, 100 Sturgill Development Buildings, Lexington, KY 40506-0015.

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  • by Rebecca Location: Viper Ky on Apr 3, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of "Mr.Wildcat" I have attended many games in my lifetime. Uk Basketball being my favorite. There was never a time that I did not look for Mr.Wildcat. His personality, charm, respect, love, and faithfullness made him one of a kind. I will never forget this man. What a pleasure it must have been to have him in your life. He is definately going to be missed. May God Bless and Keep you strong during this time. WOW can you imagine what heaven must be like now, with Mr.Wildcat there. I bet blue and white streamers are falling EVERYWHERE. God Bless your Mr. Wildcat!
  • by Martha Location: Lexington, KY on Apr 3, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    While attending UK basketball games since Rupp was bulit, Bill Keightley has been at his post. I think the US Marine motto "Semper Fe", always faithful, applied to his love for the UK Wildcats.
  • by Lee Hisle Location: Lexington on Apr 3, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    Mr.Wildcat,Iwill miss seeing you at the games.You are the first one I look for . You are truely our Mr.Wildcat. God Bless your Family.They will be in my prayers.
  • by Ricky Location: Glasgow,Ky. on Apr 3, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    Mr. Keightley is and will always be a great part of the tradition of Wildcats basketball! He will be missed tremendously by the Big Blue Nation and will always be in our hearts. My prayers go out to his family and friends. Mr. Keightley you are a great person and will be missed by all! Ricky
  • by Jennifer Location: Berea on Apr 2, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    I think that it is great that his family is sharing his memorial with the public. He seemed like such a great guy. Rest in peace. i'll be praying for Mr. Wilcat's family.
  • by Daphne Location: Orlando, FL on Apr 2, 2008 at 06:01 AM
    I am heartbroken to hear of the death of MR. WILDCAT! I am a native Kentuckian and so upset that I can't be there! I remember him when I attended UK in the mid-60's as such a wonderful person and always looked forward to seeing him at the games! I always look for Bill when watching the games from here and will certainly miss him! He was certainly the Southern Gentleman and a faithful steward of the University of Kentucky basketball program. God bless and keep his family.
  • by Ellis Myles Location: Louisville KY on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:41 PM
    There will never be another Mr Bill! I played for Louisville but Mr Keightly always smiled and shook my hand after games that man, ate, worked, breathed and slept basketball to him a game was a game it didn't matter who was playing or who won he really enjoyed watching the athletes give thier all. He will be missed!
  • by Rachel Location: Lancaster,Ky. on Apr 1, 2008 at 06:32 PM
    Mr.Wildcat was everyones grandfather. How much we loved him, and thanks for sharing him with us.
  • by Terry Location: Somerset on Apr 1, 2008 at 03:32 PM
    To the family of Mr. Bill, Mr. Wildcat himself. That would include all of Kentucky Wildcat players and coaches, assistants, fans, etc. I could go on and on. I had the opportunity to met Mr. Bill and the one thing that impressed me was his smile, his gentle southern Gentlerman ways, and his love for The Wildcats. I don't believe Kentuckty Wildcats had a bigger better more loving fan. He was exceptional and can not be replaced. His seat will always be vacant for me. We are so lucky when we leave this world doing what we love. Bless each and every one of you as you will never be able to replace him in your lives either. God's love is ever present and available for us to lean on. My prayers will be with you all.


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