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09/19/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Pete Keen

Carroll Edward Keen, Sr.
(06 Apr 1922 - 18 Sept 2013)

Pittsylvania High School Class of May 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 
    We have more sad news to report this Thursday morning.  One of America's greatest generation,     Pete Keen, Pittsylvania High School Class of May 1939, father of  Carroll Keen ('65) of VA, Brenda Keen Vaughan, Carolyn Keen, and Ruth Keen Austin, passed away in his home in Smithfield on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the age of 91. 


From the Daily Press - 09/19/13:

          Carroll E. Keen, Sr.
   

 

 
    SMITHFIELD, VA - Carroll Edward Keen, Sr. (Pete), born April 6, 1922 - passed away Wednesday September 18, 2013 at his home in Smithfield VA, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Keen is survived by his wife of 71 years, Grace, a son, Carroll E. Keen Jr. (wife Dianne); three daughters, Brenda Vaughan (husband Joe), Carolyn Keen (husband, Michael Farmer), and Ruth Austin (husband Steve); three grandsons, William Austin (wife Elizabeth), Walter Vaughan (wife Ashley), Chris Vaughan (wife Gannaeya), a step grandson Marshall Blevins, and four great grandchildren, Olivia and Lillian Austin, Christian Vaughan, and Josey Vaughan.

Born in Chatham, Virginia, Mr. Keen graduated from Pittsylvania High School in May 1939 and worked for English Construction Co. building homes in the Beaconsdale area in Newport News where he met his future wife, Grace Justice. They were married June 6, 1942.

 
Carroll E. Keen, Sr.
 
 
  He worked in the Newport News shipyards until he entered military service August 31, 1944. He trained as an infantryman at Ft. Hood, Texas. As a member of the 398th Regiment, Company F, 100th Infantry Division he fought in France and Germany with distinction and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Combat Infantryman's Badge and was a member of the "Sons of Biche" who took the heavily defended French village of Biche in 1945. He was honorably discharged at Ft. Meade, Maryland, May 19, 1946 and returned home to his infant son and wife in Newport News.

He was a member of the greatest generation, and always was proud to fly the flag in front of his home. He was student at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, apprentice school under the GI Bill. He worked as a master machinist at Dunkum's Machine and Automotive shop for over 28 years. With son Carroll (JR) and his wife Frances they established Keen's Automotive in the early 1970's in Smithfield VA., where he worked until his retirement in 1989.

He was a highly respected member of his community and active in support of many Isle of Wight County projects.

A grave site service will be held at St. Luke's Cemetery, with full military honors on Friday, September 20, at 2:00 pm located on Benns Church Blvd.

Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Request in lieu of flowers, donations to be sent to the Christian Out Reach Program, P.O. Box 253, Smithfield, VA. 23431. Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from September 19 to September 21, 2013.

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Jr., I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I always liked your mom and dad. He was one of the sweetest men I ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Keen's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
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915-780-3048



Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.


Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of http://breadsite.org/classic.htm - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of http://www.friendsacrossamerica.com/amazinggrace.html - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Bronze Star clip art courtesy of http://www.wpclipart.com/armed_services/ - 05/09/08

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