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3/13/2020 5:56:00 PM
Cora Irene Keener
April 1, 1931 - March 13, 2020

HICKORY - Cora Irene Keener, 88, of Hickory died Friday, March 13, 2020 at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

Born April 1, 1931 in Spruce Pine, she was the daughter of the late Deck Sidney Franklin and Sybil Franklin. She and her husband of 62 years, Talmadge Keener, were the owner/operators of Hickory Exxon for 42 years.

Four sons, Sidney A. Keener and wife Pam of Holly Springs, N.C., Thomas T. Keener and wife Susie of Lewisville, N..C, Brian L. Keener and wife Deborah of Hickory, Anthony D. Keener and wife Sandy of Belmont; 10 grandchildren, Sarah Page, Derek Keener, Dr. Becky McKinnon, Heather Durand, Joshua Keener, Benjamin Keener, Brittany Keener, Mary Keener, Matthew Pearson and Elizabeth Pearson; and 11 great-grandchildren survive her.

In addition to her parents, a son, Phillip Keener, a brother and three sisters preceded her in death.

Cora was a loving wife, a mom to five boys, a talented hobbyist, and she loved Jesus.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Open Door Baptist Church formerly Penelope Baptist Church with Pastor Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Open Door Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Open Door Church Scholarship Fund 3310 Main Ave NW Hickory, 28601 or to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.

Please sign the online guestbook at

Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Keener family.

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