Leslie Keith Mansfield
Leslie Keith Mansfield went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 21. He was born in Kerrville on Feb. 16, 1952 to Kathleen Adams and William Avery Mansfield.
Keith was raised in the community of Tuff on the West Prong of the Medina River. His father was a rancher and his mother worked at Collins of Texas.
Except for the last half of his senior year, Keith attended Medina schools and loved playing football for the Medina Bobcats. During the post high school East-West Game, he proudly played both offense and defense. While attending Tarleton College, he excelled at industrial arts classes.
Keith held licenses as both a Texas Real Estate Broker and State Septic Installer, which he used in the family real estate business. A member of the Bandera Masonic Lodge, he also served as a certified peace officer.
After retiring from the Bandera County Sheriff's Department, Keith returned to the family real estate business. For the last five years, he drove a school bus for Bandera ISD.
Keith became a Christian at the age of 16, following the Lord in baptism at the JB Edwards' ranch in Pipe Creek alongside his future sister-in-law, Joslyn Edwards. After becoming a licensed Baptist preacher, he helped renovate and reopen the Tarpley Baptist Church.
Additionally, Keith was honored to lead his and other children to Christ, baptizing his daughter, Connie, and several other children in the Tarpley swimming hole at the Williams Creek Bridge.
Keith's family fondly remembers him for his many endearing qualities. A kind and dependable man, he loved his wife and children deeply with his big heart and gentle spirit. A doting grandfather, he proudly attended his grandchildren's many events.
A faithful, dependable and compassionate friend, Keith always listened with a kind heart. A generous man, he was always the first to lend a hand to help a friend in need.
Keith had a warm sense of humor and always greeted friends with a big handshake, happy smile and a corny joke. Keith was wise in his silence and fair and just in his words. A hard worker, he also loved to spend time on his heavy equipment.
The big hands and equally big heart of this good and incredibly humble man will be missed by many. Leslie Keith Mansfield was a big teddy bear of a man who left us all with many precious memories.
Keith is survived by Jeanene Connie Edwards Mansfield, his wife of 43 years; three children, Bo Mansfield and his wife, Tandie, of Pipe Creek; Connie Carter and her husband, Ken, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; and Brent Mansfield and his fiancé, Kelly Rigsby, of Bandera; seven grandchildren, Averie and Kalie Mansfield; Josline, Joel, Joanna and Josephine Carter; and Hayden Mansfield; sisters, Kye Mansfield and Jayne Young of Austin; and brother Othro Mansfield of Bandera, as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.