I find myself reluctant to begin this article referencing the late Coach Bill Keedy. Although he was a great contributor to the community and will forever be associated with the legacy of Greyhound Football, his son Billy Keedy does not need his father’s accomplishments to establish an identity. Billy and his family are the latest generation of Keedy’s to call Newport home. Newport is blessed to have Billy and Brandi Keedy as active community-minded members, who participate in civic clubs and volunteer endless hours to the children of the community. Billy and his wife Brandi are active in sports obviously, and much more. Brandi is a former member of Junior Auxiliary and Healthy Women of Unity. Billy serves as part of the Joe and Helen Harris Education Foundation, the Arkansas Center for Independence, The Unity Health Advisory Board, a member of Rotary and volunteers as a coach for youth baseball and football.

Brandi Justus Keedy graduated from Newport High School in 1994. She participated in all that Newport High offered and was as beautiful then as now. Billy, younger by nine months, graduated in 1995. The couple were high school sweethearts and married in 1999.

The family are avid Arkansas State University alumni and die-hard Red Wolves fans. Brandy graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education in 1998 and completed her Master’s degree in Educational Theory and Practice in 2009. Billy graduated from ASU in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. As mentioned earlier, the couple were high school sweethearts. They married in 1999 and have been married for 19 years.

After graduating from college, the couple moved to Conway where Billy began a career with Acxiom. Brandi commuted to North Little Rock where she taught 3rd grade for five years and later taught kindergarten for a year in Vilonia.

In 2004, Billy was offered a position with Iberia Bank, which was then First Community, in Newport. Will, the couple’s oldest son was a year old and the family was excited to move home closer to family and friends. Luckily, a teaching position was available at Albright Elementary School. Billy has been with the bank 14 years in August. Brandi was a classroom teacher for 19 years, but will begin a journey this 2018 school year as an elementary counselor. She will attend in the fall for a second master degree in school counseling at UCA.

            The couple have two sons, Will (14 years old) and Jake (11 years old). The boys love all sports, including football and baseball. Although Billy spends long days as a banker, his love for the kids of the community draws him to volunteer coach for a variety of teams and community sports. Brandi is loved by all her former students and will continue to impact the lives of Newport children through her role as counselor.