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10/16/2018 6:02:00 PM
Loy Lander Keener Jr.
July 14, 1943 - October 11, 2018

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Loy Lander Keener Jr., 75, of Lincolnton died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at his residence.

Born July 14, 1943 he was the son of the late Loy Keener and Nellie Baker Keener. He retired from North Hand Protection after 38 years of service. He served as firefighter and chief of North 321 Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church where he faithfully served many positions. He was head coach for the Rotary sponsored "Rotary Rams" Pee Wee football team He was an avid automotive performance classic car enthusiast and a member of Lincolnton High School Sports Boosters.

His wife of 54 years, Patricia Ann Keener of the home; Greg Keener and wife Louann of Claremont and Rodney Keener and wife Laura of Crouse, N.C.; a sister, Pansey White of Denver, N.C.; a brother, Jim Keener and wife Cathy of Conyers, Ga.; five grandchildren, Lauren Philyaw and husband Jeremy, Scott Keenor, Nicole Keener, Daniel Keener and wife Maelle, Mathew Keener; and a great-grandchild, Amberlyn Philyaw survive him.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at McKendree United Methodist church with Rev. Gregg Plot officiating. Burial will follow at McKendree United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at McKendree United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, 3537 Maiden Hwy, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

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

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018
Article comment by: Daniel Keener

Dear my beloved grandfather, I love you and I miss you. You are the definition of a hard working, head strong man, a Keener. You gave me so much as I grew up, your love your time, your teachings, your compassion. You were so much a second father to me. You were there whenever I needed you and took such good care of my brother and I. I will make you proud as I know you are still watching me and listening to me on the other side. I hope in our time together here on earth I was able to make you happy and proud as I hoped to. This whole letting you go process has been very difficult as we have been dealing with it even before your passing, it was coming and something we could not stop. As it is something every flesh and blood must deal with. I will make sure my grandmother is taken care of and we will make her happy as we can, though you made her happier then anyone else. I'll be with you again one day, and what a marvelous occasion it will be.
With love, Your Grandson
-Daniel Keener

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