Keller serves his city on council
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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One of City Councilman Ben Keller’s hobbies is chopping wood. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
One of City Councilman Ben Keller’s hobbies is chopping wood. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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City Councilman Ben Keller, 62, is proud to say that Piedmont has been his home most of his life. He loves the city and the people. His grandchildren are growing up here. Those are the reasons he ran for city council and will probably be on the ballot in the next election.

“I love serving the city,” he said. “It’s important to me for Piedmont to move forward. It’s important to all of us. I’m very concerned about the growth of Piedmont and getting more jobs in here. I believe it will work. We’re just going to have to work at it.”

Keller said he’s proud of Mayor Bill Baker, City Clerk Michelle Franklin and all those associated with the city.

“The mayor’s doing a great job,” said Keller. “He’s there every day trying to get some jobs coming in. We’re all working together on trying to move Piedmont forward.”

Keller was born in Columbia, S. C. He moved to the Maxwellborn community, just outside Piedmont, when he was about 12. A few years later he moved to Piedmont. He attended Bethune School and Piedmont High School. It was at school where he met his wife, the former Margaret Diamond. They’ve been married 42 years.

“We started talking to each other at school, but we dated about 10 or 11 years before we got married,” he said.

Margaret worked 29 years at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher. When SCT closed, she worked at Springs for a few years. The Kellers have three daughters. Wendy Alexander, Erica Fairs and Nicole Keller all live Piedmont. They have a goddaughter, Katina Higgins, who also lives in Piedmont, and four grandchildren.

Other relatives living in Piedmont are his 79-year-old mother, Annie Mae Keller; his brother, Willie Keller, who works with the city; and sisters, Sarah Keller and Doris Keller. Another sister, Linda Keller, lives in Huntsville.

Keller has held several jobs, one of which was at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher. He worked for a chemical plant in Cedartown and is now retired after working 25 years at Bostrom Seating where he was a welder.

The Kellers are members of Thankful Baptist Church where he sings in the male chorus.

“I enjoy the church and our pastor, Rev. Charlie Parker,” he said. “He lives in Gadsden and comes up here every Sunday. He’s also an assistant principal in Gadsden.”

Keller likes working around his house. He likes to talk and especially likes to visit and talk to the elderly.

“I visit them pretty often, and when they’re in need I try to help them,” he said.

He also likes to fish and isn’t concerned about the size of his catch.

“I’m not concerned about the big fish,” he said. “I love crappies.”

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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