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Dear Circus Friends,

We are deeply saddened by the news that our dear friend and coach, Keith Burroughs, passed away early Sunday morning. Better known as “Speedy” to his friends and students, he left a lasting impression on the FSU Circus family. He started his FSU Circus career at the age of 11 as a Callaway kid. Along with his sister Johnna (Burroughs) Staudenmaier, Speedy was a student performer in the Circus from 1979 to 1983. He performed too many acts to list, but he is most famous for the seven-man pyramid on high wire. From 1989 to 1998, Speedy worked at the FSU Circus as Assistant Director, coaching acts and running its daily operations. In 1998, he married the love of his life, Amy (Eckert) Burroughs, who is the big sister of FSU Circus alum Lou (Eckert) Taylor. Speedy and Amy moved to her hometown of Maryville, Tennessee and have three amazing children, Joseph, Julia and Caroline. During his years in Maryville, Speedy continued to share his commitment to empowering young people through circus arts and athletics as an elementary physical education teacher and coach for the Maryville Unicycle Club. To all who knew him, Speedy was a steadfast mentor, coach and friend and the most loyal fan of the FSU Flying High Circus – having never missed a Homeshow from 1979 to 2017. His love of life, family, friends and the FSU Circus is a legacy that will be forever remembered.

Speedy’s family will be receiving friends from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the Smith Life and Legacy Funeral Home’s Smithview Pavilion located at

601 Smithview Drive, Maryville, Tennessee 37803. The Celebration of Life service will follow at 4:00 pm in the same location. The venue is an outdoor pavilion to allow friends and family the more casual atmosphere that Speedy would have enjoyed. Please feel free to dress comfortably.

During the Celebration of Life service, the family will be sharing photos of Speedy’s life. If you would like to share any photos, please upload them to the “Memories of Speedy” Google Photos album. A link to this Google Photos album was posted by Tricia Ravenhorst in the FSU Flying High Circus Alumni Facebook page or you can use this direct link: If you have trouble with either of these options, please feel free to send photos directly to Tricia at by Thursday, August 16th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Keith Burroughs Memorial Fund set up at a local bank. Email and the details will be sent to you. You may also send the family a message on the Keith Burroughs Tribute Wall:

For those of you traveling from out of town, we are working on getting a block of rooms at the Marriott Courtyard – Knoxville Airport, 141 Farrow Way, Alcoa, TN 37701, which should be available tomorrow morning. The direct number to the Marriott Courtyard is 865-977-8333. Other nearby hotels in Alcoa, Tennessee are the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Knoxville Airport), 130 Associates Blvd., Alcoa, TN and the Hampton Inn Knoxville-Airport, 148 International Ave., Alcoa, TN.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tricia Ravenhorst at or 864-449-1673.



Fall Alumni Weekend

October 20th-22nd, 2017
Tallahassee, FL

Schedule of Events

times and locations subject to change

October 20th

  • Check-in for Alumni Weekend-outside of the Jack Haskin Circus Complex
  • Cash bar-at the Jack Haskin Circus Complex
  • Halloween Show-at the Jack Haskin Circus Complex

October 21st

  • Interviews for Oral History Project-Location TBD
  • Tailgate for the FSU vs Louisville Game-outside of the Jack Haskin Circus Complex, exact location TBD
  • FSU vs Louisville Game-Doak Cambell Stadium

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