Long-time Lake Lure Civil Servant & Volunteer Honored by the Town Council

During its regular monthly meeting on July 11th, Lake Lure Town Council recognized the achievements of the late William Oliver Keller.

Accepting the resolution was his wife, pictured here. 

The resolution reads:

WHEREAS, William Oliver Keller was born July 2, 1925, in Gilkey, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, in 1943 Mr. Keller joined the US Navy and went on to become a Seaman First Class and a Normandy D-Day survivor; and

WHEREAS, William Oliver Keller was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion and under the sponsorship of the American Legion, he was instrumental in establishment of the first fire department in the Lake Lure area; and

WHEREAS, William Oliver Keller was a successful businessman in Lake Lure and surrounding communities, working for Chimney Rock Lumber and Chimney Rock Park, owner and operator of Valley Hand Crafts and Woodland Picnic Park and Souvenir Shop, co-owner of Little Beaver Camp Ground, and as an associate of Kellerís Real Estate, and then retiring as the Lake Lure Postmaster in the 1980s after 20 years of service; and

WHEREAS, William Oliver Keller was active in the Lake Lure Civic club and served on various Town boards and committees, including the Lake Lure ABC Board and Lake Lure Town Council where as Police Commissioner Mr. Keller helped to obtain the Lake Lure Police Departmentís first radio system.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake Lure Town Council desires to honor the memory of William Keller for his contributions to the Town of Lake Lure and to recognize his place in the history of the Town.

Adopted by unanimous vote of the Town Council on the 11th day of July, 2017.


The Obituary for Mr. Keller 
William Oliver Keller, age 91, of Lake Lure, NC, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. 

William was born in Gilkey, NC on July 2, 1925 and was the son of the late David Clarence Keller and the late Fannie Sue Dalton Keller.

He enlisted in the Navy on October 13, 1943 and was discharged on September 15, 1945 having lost vision in one eye during the D-Day Invasion.

He was a Seaman First Class and a Normandy D-Day survivor. During the 1940's He was employed by Chimney Rock Lumber Co. and Chimney Rock Park.

During the 1950's he owned and operated Valley Handcrafts. In the 1960's he owned and operated Wood Land Picnic Park and Souvenir Store. In the 1970's he was co-owner of Little Beaver Campground and an associate of Keller's Real Estate.

In the 1980's he retired from the United States Postal Service after 20 years as Postmaster of the Lake Lure Post Office.  He was a life- long member of the VFW and The American Legion in Lake Lure and under sponsorship of The American Legion was instrumental in establishing the area's first fire department, working diligently to raise funds for the fire department.

He was also active in the Lake Lure Civic Club and served on the town council as police commissioner and obtained the first radio system for the police department. When he passed away he was currently serving on the Lake Lure ABC Board.