He was the widower of Linda Keener and a retired chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was born in 1942 in Rabun Gap to George and Nellie Keener.
He is survived by his faithful companion of nine years, Sara Cornell. He also is survived by: his children, Kermit Keener Jr. (Jennifer), Donna Hudson (Rob) and Kevin Keener; siblings, Larry Keener (Azzalee), Shirley Beck (Albert) and Susan Gordon (Wayne); grandchildren, Michael, Connor, Jason and Dylan; and extended grandchildren, Ryan Emma.
A memorial service was held July 14 at Socastee Baptist Church with officiating by the Revs. Micah Lane and Lynn Gardner.
Memorial contributions may be made to Socastee Baptist Church, 3690 Socastee Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29588.
A local memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Wolffork Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Clayton Tribune, July 26, 2012