He attended Rabun County High School, graduating in 1943. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He retired from United Merchants, Clarkesville Mill, in 1980 after a car accident. He was a member of Black Rock Baptist Church, AARP and American Legion. He loved the Lord, his church and his family, of whom he was deeply proud. He never met a stranger as he befriended everyone he met.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Cora York Underwood; his first wife, Jessie Carver Keener; and his wife Sarah Mason Keener.
He is survived by: a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Nathan Bleckley; a granddaughter and husband, Jamie and Chad Nichols; a grandson and wife, Josh and Shannon Bleckley; two great-granddaughters, Taylor Bleckley and Joslan Nichols; two great-grandsons, Christopher and Daniel Bleckley; a brother, Harry Keener; five stepdaughters, Sue Worley of Clayton, Dale McConnell of Franklin, N.C., and Cathy Tippit, Alice Bradley and Marilyn Hastings, all of Otto, N.C.; two stepsons, Harvey Hastings and Sam Hastings, both of Franklin; 16 stepgrandchildren; many stepgreat-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Beck Funeral Home chapel with the Revs. Jim Green and Phillip Cochran officiating. Burial followed at Rabun Memory Park.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 2951 Flowers Road S., Suite 211, Atlanta, GA 30341; or to the American Cancer Society, 2565 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 114, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, May 17, 2012